Rock climbing is a multi-dimensional sport from a fitness perspective. The activity requires strength and flexibility as well as a high degree of endurance and skill. It also offers a balance between physical exercise and mental discipline. Many climbers report a heightened sense of self-confidence and independence as a result of gaining new skills and successfully completing challenging climbs.
Weight training is the quintessential anaerobic exercise. Traditional rope climbing workout work against resistance provided by body weight. For most climbers, because of strength-to-body-weight ratios, this equates to heavy weight training which results in high anaerobic states.