Go Excessive With a Rock Climbing Exercise Subsequent Time You Prepare

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Every time Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, CSCS and Women’s Health editor-in-chief Liz Plosser train together, they try their best.

Sometimes they go up too. Like climbing a climbing wall (this activity is also called bouldering, FYI). Watch our video series with Eb and Liz as they walk viewers through their favorite workout moves, and today’s program took them to a climbing gym. Climbing is one of those things that is especially fun for two, so grab a plus and book a session at a climbing gym near you.

“Yes, you threw me in at the deep end first. It was, it was so hard, but such a great and amazing challenge,” says Liz as she slips into her harness and makes her way up the wall as Eb spots her on lap one. When it was Eb’s turn, he felt confident in his strength, but he quickly recalled how much hip mobility the activity requires to move around and find different grips and footholds.

In fact, bouldering requires a lot of strength, especially in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and of course your back, arms, and grip. Maintaining speed is also a challenge, especially when muscle fatigue sets in and especially when you’re new to the sport, and it takes longer to – literally – find your footing. You can check out our beginner’s guide to bouldering here for a more in-depth look at the sport and tips on how to train before you try it. (For more inspiration, these climbing exercises will build meaty forearms and torn abs.)

Finally, the two do a tandem jump up the wall. “[Going] along with my favorite run. I was so inspired to see you blow up so fast. I wanted to keep up with you and keep finding my hand and foot holds, so doing it with a friend made all the difference,” says Liz.

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