87- Using Rock Climbing to Build Community and Mental Focus with Megan Fritz

87- Using Rock Climbing to Build Community and Mental Focus with Megan Fritz

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

October 10, 2019

You don't have to go to a gym to exercise.

This may come as a shock, but the gym is not the only place where exercise happens. Nor does it create the best environment for exercising.

In fact, it wasn't until the 1960's and 1970's when commercial gyms started to pop up everywhere. So before that time, people were getting their exercise via work and how they played.

So to demonstrate one unique way to exercise, Megan Fritz is coming on to the show to talk about rock climbing. Rock climbing isn't all physical though, it is also a great way to build community and to train your mind.


Rock Climbing Isn't Just a Physical Activity

When you watch a climber, you can see their back muscles bulge from their spine, and the veins popping out of their forearms. But strength isn't the only thing that makes a good climber.

Actually, if you are climbing correctly, strength is one of the least important things you will rely on when on the wall. Your technique and positioning on the wall will make a much bigger difference, and flexibility is a huge advantage as well.

But the piece even more impressive for rock climbing is how much mental focus it requires. We can look at an extreme example, like Alex Honnold is the film Free Solo.

To climb a wall without rope requires extreme amount of focus because one mistake is all it takes to end your life.

But most climbing is done in a safe environment, and using ropes. If you have ever been on a wall, you realize just how focused you are when it comes down to trying to stay on that wall!

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Types of people that are perfect for climbing
  • How climbing builds trust between you and your partner
  • Ways to get started with rock climbing
  • How rock climbing can train your body in ways most other activities can't


  • [3:15] How did Megan go from a career in Mechanical Engineering to running an organization focused on rock climbing and fitness
  • [4:45] At what point did Megan start to get into rock climbing
  • [5:45] What are the different types of climbing
  • [7:00] Are there specific types of people who can do rock climbing, or can anyone try it
  • [8:45] The goal of climbing is to use more of your skeletal system instead of your muscles
  • [9:45] The key is to keep your hips as close to the wall as possible
  • [10:30] What are the bare minimum physical requirements needed to get onto a wall
  • [11:30] Is it better to learn indoors or outdoors
  • [12:45] Climbing isn't just physical, there is a lot of mental aspects to it as well
  • [21:00] When climbing with a partner, you develop a lot of trust between yourself and your partner
  • [24:30] Many companies will use rock climbing as a team building experience
  • [25:00] What are some stories of people getting into climbing and what it has done for them
  • [27:00] How can someone get started with climbing
  • [32:00] Never Stop Moving is an organization to connect with other women to get better at climbing

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Megan Fritz

Website: NeverStopMoving.org

Social Media: Facebook , Instagram

Megan Fritz of Never Stop Moving teaches us how rock climbing can be used to build community and mental focus

Megan Fritz of Never Stop Moving teaches us how rock climbing can be used to build community and mental focus

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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