Rock climbing

Climbing and the human body

Climbing and the human body Does your body composition matter to your ability to climb?

Do some body types have an advantage over others?

There was a really interesting study recently by Elaine Kozma of Duke Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University looking at how much energy climbers expend while climbing and whether changes in body proportions or speed have made a difference. His findings were truly interesting and potentially surprising.

The study “assessed the effects of speed, route difficulty, and anatomical variation on the energy cost of climbing in humans. Additionally, twelve experienced climbers climbed an interior wall over a range of difficulty levels and speeds, with energy expenditure measured by respirometry.

What were the discoveries?

Apparently, according to this study at least, bigger and taller climbers with longer limbs climb more efficiently, right? No, the study showed that size tells us nothing about effectiveness. In fact, climbers are all the more efficient the faster they climb, moreover, speed takes precedence over size. In conclusion, the total energy expenditure of a climber is all the lower as you move faster.

Climbing and the human body

Check out the study here:

Watch this cool video about it: https://lnkd