Does rock climbing give you broad shoulders?

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First asked   Oct 1, 2022,
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Oct 6, 2022

Rock climbing can actually be pretty heavy on the shoulders, as they are used in almost all climbing moves, so it makes sense that your shoulders will be strengthened from climbing.

Whether climbing will give you broad shoulders though is another thing. While it's true that climbing will strengthen your shoulders just like any other muscle strengthens due to training, the amount at which your shoulders will grow bigger doesn't depend just on climbing, but also on your body in general and if you also do other exercises and training.

It's very common to see skinny climbers who don't have much muscle mass climbing some of the harder, double-digit routes (v10+ for example), but, it's also common to see bulkier climbers also, some would say that their size comes only from climbing, some will say that it's a combination of climbing and weight training or other combinations.
So some very experienced climbers may not have that much muscle mass, while others may.

In the end, it depends on you and your body. If your goal is to get broader shoulders, then you could try adding weight training to your schedule, if you do not want broader shoulders, you can try just climbing and seeing what that does for you.
It's really very individual and requires experimentation to figure it out.

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Nov 2, 2022

Rock climbing can broaden your shoulders, but it depends on how your body reacts to training.
I am normally pretty skinny, with not too much muscle. But, when I climb, I gain quite a bit of muscle mass, which makes it seem as if I have been lifting weights for a while. I very often get asked how I work out and how much weight I lift, which I don't, I just climb and at the most do body weight training such as pull-ups.

On the other hand, I have friends who climb and train almost exactly like me, who eat better also, but don't gain weight or muscle mass like I do.

So it really depends on your body and how it reacts to training. Some grow faster than others, some get stronger than others.

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