Jess Brown

Top 7 Reasons Why Vertical Climbing is the Best Full-Body Cardio Exercise

For most 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 w

July 28, 2020

  1. It is the most efficient cardio workout 

For most 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 is proven to elicit a higher VO2 max than other cardio machines. Because of the combination of cardio and strength training that vertical climbing provides, the body will continue burning fat and calories for many hours after the workout. Climbing is one of the most efficient and effective full-body cardio machines on the market. 

  1. It’s safe and low-impact

When purchasing a piece of fitness equipment, it’s important to think about the long-term effects that it will have on your body. Many cardio machines are high-impact and can have serious long term consequences on your joints and muscles. Chauncey Billups, a retired American professional basketball player 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 also 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.

  1. Vertical climbing burns more calories than spinning, rowing, and running  

Vertical climbing burns more calories per minute than on a spin bike, treadmill, erg rower, elliptical, or stair stepper. With a 61% more efficient calorie burn, a quick 30-minute workout on a 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 min session while a spin bike only burns 13.3 calories per minute and a stair stepper burns 7.45 calories per minute. Vertical climbing is the clear choice for the most efficient calorie burn. 

  1. You only need 30 minutes & it’s fun 

Cardio can be tedious and boring. After minute 10 on the treadmill, you start to look at your watch and your mind starts to wander. Vertical climbing leaves no room for a wandering mind. 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. 

  1. It’s cardio and strength training

With most cardio machines, you have to sacrifice strength training for cardio. With vertical climbing you don’t have to make that sacrifice. 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 really, really need pretty much for any sport.” You can skip the treadmill and the squat rack because vertical climbing will do it both. 


  1. It’s full-body

The problem with many workout machines is that they only focus on one muscle group. Popular fitness machine brands like Peloton and NordicTrack focus solely on the lower body with their treadmills and spin bikes. 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. 

  1. It’s great cross training 

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 and is the perfect addition to yoga, pilates, 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.