Indoor rock climbing is growing in popularity as athletes learn the many benefits of the sport. First of all, it is safer for a novice than climbing out doors. The gyms that house the walls provide equipment to rent and skilled trainers for any level of experience. Once one is certified by the staff for the skills needed to climb or belay, an athlete can pair up with a beginner just learning to choose a pathway or an experienced climber looking to prepare indoors for a rigorous outdoor climb.
Another benefit is the variety of work the body must do to complete a successful climb. Most sports rely upon a limited number of muscle groups. Indoor rock climbing uses muscles many athletes forget they have. There are fingers that grasp the new holds straining with weight until one can move one’s feet. There are the calves and thighs that quiver while the foot is balanced on small outcroppings. There are the back muscles and stomach muscles that help keep another climber’s rope taut while belaying.
For those who normally pursue intellectual sports like golf and chess, indoor rock climbing can be a challenge as well. Not only must one consider several moves at one time, one must take into account the curves in the wall or the distances between holds. One must time pushing off and grasping again. While belaying for another one must consider when to give line and when to hold it tight.
Because of the need to learn both tasks, solo climbers the the opportunity to meet other like minded individuals. One must learn to trust an unfamiliar belayer and earn the climber's trust as one belays. This makes indoor rock climbing a complete sport. It hones the mind, the body and the spirit through physical, mental and social challenges. No wonder it gains popularity every year.