For a lot of people, cardio is the least fun part of their exercise routine, and it can be difficult to muster up the energy and motivation to dedicate a full hour to it. That’s where vertical climbing comes in. Vertical climbing delivers an effective full-body workout in only 30 minutes and elicits a higher VO2 max than other cardio machines. Vertical climbing provides an effective combination of cardio and strength training, allowing the body to continue burning fat and calories for many hours after the workout. Vertical climbing is the most efficient and effective full-body cardio workout on the market.
When purchasing a piece of fitness equipment, it’s important to think about how it will impact your joints, muscles, and tendons long-term. Many cardio machines are high-impact and can have serious long-term consequences on your body. Chauncey Billups, head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and CLMBR Ambassador, said, “You can get a heck of a workout without putting a lot of stress on your body and on your tendons and ligaments.” Vertical climbing allows for a natural, athletic position and ergonomic spinal alignment, and it is low-impact and accessible for all fitness levels. The design helps to reinforce good posture and strengthen the core to help combat slouching. Vertical climbing allows you to reach your fitness goals without compromising long-term health.
Vertical climbing burns more calories per minute than a spin bike, treadmill, erg rower, elliptical, or stair stepper. With a 61 percent more efficient calorie burn, a quick 30-minute workout on a vertical climber is more than enough. Studies have shown that climbing can burn an average of 22.3 calories per minute and up to 800 calories in a 30-minute session while a spin bike only burns 13.3 calories per minute and a stair stepper burns 7.45 calories per minute (Men's Health). Vertical climbing is the clear choice for the most efficient calorie burn.
Cardio can be repetitive and boring. After 10 minutes on the treadmill, it’s easy for the mind to wander. Vertical climbing leaves no room for that. Its fast-paced and engaging design keeps the user motivated and entertained throughout the entire workout. What’s even better is you only need 30 minutes. With a higher VO2 max output and more calories burned, 30 minutes is more than enough to get a well-rounded and intense workout.
Climbing allows the user to build incredible cardiovascular endurance while also strengthening all major muscle groups. By just adding resistance, you can tone your arms, shoulders, back, abs, glutes, and legs. Billups, a CLMBR ambassador said, “To me, [vertical climbing] doesn't get the credit that it deserves for building strength in your legs and in your core area, two things that you need pretty much for any sport.” The good thing about climbing is you can skip the treadmill and the squat rack because vertical climbing will do it both.
The problem with many workout machines is that they only focus on one muscle group. Popular cardio machines like bikes and treadmills focus almost exclusively on the lower body. Vertical climbing, on the other hand, is a full-body exercise. Your legs, glutes, arms, and core are engaged throughout the entire workout. Arm and leg day just got combined into one.
Vertical climbing is the best compliment to any sport or fitness modality. Integrating climbing into your strength and resistance program will add a new level of intensity and efficiency. It is the perfect addition to yoga, pilates, Bootcamp, barre, and floor routines. Climbing is also an effective way to cross-train. No matter if you are a professional athlete or a casual runner, you will see a difference in your performance after integrating climbing into your fitness practice.