Like every workout or physical activity, indoor rock climbing has its own unique set of equipment. And that includes the clothing you should wear when you go to the indoor rock climbing gym. Dressing appropriately is an important part of any sport or physical activity. By choosing the right apparel, you’ll ensure that you’re not only safe as you climb but also more successful and able to reach new heights.
You don’t need to go to the sporting goods store and stock up on expensive gear to dress appropriately for indoor rock climbing. In fact, you might find that most of what you need is already in your closet. Here are a few things you should wear to the indoor rock climbing gym to ensure you have a good experience.
Lightweight Flexible Clothes
Your climbing outfit should be lightweight and flexible, able to move easily as you do. If you practice yoga, your yoga clothes will double well as climbing gear. In addition to selecting lightweight and flexible clothes, however, you want to ensure that you don’t wear anything too baggy. Baggy t-shirts might be fine on the yoga mat, but when you’re climbing they can get caught up in the rope, and that can lead to trouble. You don’t need skin tight wear unless it’s what you prefer, but choose something fitted.
Perfectly Fitted Shoes
Your gym is likely to rent out shoes to beginners, so you may not need to invest in a pair of climbing shoes right away. It’s up to you when and if you want to make this purchase. But when you do, you want to make the perfect choice. Your rock climbing shoes should be snug, so they don’t slip around while you’re on the wall, but they should also be comfortable. An associate at a sporting goods store will be able to help you make the right choice.
Non Revealing Clothing
One thing many people don’t think about until they’re in the gym is the fact that they’ll be high up on a wall with dozens of people below them. Keep in mind the view you’ll be giving people as you climb, and make sure you’re comfortable with what will be on display. The last thing you want is to find yourself twenty feet in the air and realize you’re showing more than you’d like. Try standing on a ladder or a staircase at home and having a friend or family member check to make sure the view is okay.
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