Rock climbing and bouldering could be your next best whole-body workout

Perhaps you’ve challenged gravity on indoor climbing walls in recreation centers or at an office retreat, straining from one colorful hold to the next in the cradle of a nylon harness that may or may not eliminate fear of heights — or fear of failure in front of others.

But climbing for real, and as part of your primary workout? Yes, increasingly, yes.

Indoor climbing — and a sister activity known as bouldering (climbing on low rock formations without a rope) — is part of a tough, effective fitness regime for experienced mountaineers training for their next outdoor challenge and, right next to the experts, climbing neophytes who want off the hamster wheel at traditional gyms.

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