Methods of Paleo Training: Climbing


Getting to high ground was a crucial element during our evolution. From the mountain-tops to the tree-tops, we would use this tactic to scout the areas in which we lived. Locating game, watching for invaders and rival clans, holding special ceremonies and connecting to our spirituality were some of these uses. Hunter Gatherers even made homes out of high locations to protect themselves, like some clans of the Navajo Tribe from North America. Blah blah blah, but how can climbing impact your fitness?

Muscles used in climbing include wrist/finger flexors, Biceps Brachi, Brachialis, Long head of the Triceps, and most importantly the Latissimus Dorsi. The Lats are the largest muscle in the back and their strength and flexibility can assist with proper posture. Lower body muscles can assist as well, which you will see in the videos.


The most consistent ancesteral climbing relative to our fitness would be bouldering.  Bouldering is the process of climbing up a shear, moderate height cliff or rock. This is typically done without safety gear or at most a foam pad to cushion a fall.

Climb a Tree

Okay maybe we aren’t kids anymore but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun. Make a tree climb an exercise and do a few sets at your local park.

Pull Ups

An in the gym practice for climbing, perform multiple sets pull ups as an ancestral link to climbing. Do them outside and get a tan! Vitamin D!

And Just because some people are really cool…


By Eddie Lester

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