Climbing is one of the best exercises you can do. It involves the whole body. The physiological benefits include:
- Core muscle and stabilizer muscle development
- Hand/grip strength and dexterity
- Eye-hand coordination
- Cardiovascular improvement
- Improved flexibility, balance, and stamina
About Climbing on the Freedom Climber.
When you climb on the Freedom Climber the rotating climbing surface challenges you even more than traditional climbing. Every muscle eventually contributes toward the effort. Your fingers grab and your forearms pull, your core tightens as you seek to stabilize yourself on the ever changing surface. Your eyes look for the next available hold. Your mind calculates where you should be to maintain a steady speed and stay up with the rotation. Your feet find a position on holds below you that support the upward push of your legs as you extend yourself upward. The rotation brings you back down and you seek the next set of moves that will keep you engaged in continuous climbing.
I invented the Freedom Climber out of a natural inclination to climb. As a boy I loved climbing trees. It was the one expression of self-elevation that no one seemed to look down on. As a father, I took my family to Africa to do volunteer work. We lived in Kenya on the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley where rock formations and steep hillsides invited you to scramble your way to top. Our climbing was not technical but it was upward.
When we returned to the States after 7 years of service, the idea of a rotating climbing surface came to me as I was having one of those moments when my body wanted to climb. I could see it all quite clearly in my mind. The goal was to provide continuous, safe climbing in as small a space as possible. I went to a junk yard, pulled a hub from an old car, headed to the lumber yard and hardware store and before the sun set that day I had an ugly prototype hanging on the outside of a garage.
After the prototyping and securing a patent, my son Matt and I did some trade-shows and the initial response was very favorable. Since then we have installed Freedom Climbers in over 18 countries, have been invited to partner with and be featured on the television shows Extreme Makeover Home Edition, the Man Cave and the Gadget Show. We have installations in fitness centers, universities, military bases, rec centers, schools, corporate offices, homes, apartment complexes, etc.
Our goal is to provide fitness enthusiasts around the world with the ability to climb in spaces unimagined as capable of supporting climbing. Our goal is also to use proceeds from the company to support education and community development in Kenya where we used to live.