If you care about health and fitness, want the capacity for a full-body workout, but are concerned about the limited space available to you, then it could be worth considering a training wall.

For many years, the concept has been familiar to climbers who have benefitted from indoor training facilities that can be enjoyed year-round irrespective of the weather.  However, training walls, fitness walls or workout walls (as they are sometimes called) are now beginning to feature more frequently in gyms and fitness centres.

The benefits of training walls are easy to understand.  They make maximum use of the available space and can provide the basis for a variety of workouts which cater for the whole body from ‘the soles of the feet to the palms of the hands’.

The majority of these walls are modular in design and consist of a number of a panels which can be fixed to an empty wall.  These panels incorporate quick-release anchors to which a wide range of specially-designed tools can be attached.  The tools include barbells, hooks and pulleys for suspension training, rebound panels for slam balls, chin-up and dip bars, bars for boxing bags, and handholds and footholds which enable the wall to be used like a climbing wall.

The walls can also accommodate storage shelves for equipment like fit balls, kettlebells, etc – a very useful feature.

The range of tools available is expanding all the time, meaning that it’s possible to purchase a system that will facilitate a variety of bodyweight and resistance exercises within a fraction of the space required for free standing benches and training stations.

Another benefit of the concept is that, where exercises are performed on the wall itself, the upper and lower body are required to work in harmony and maintain proper alignment, and this provides a powerful workout for the stabilizing muscles of the trunk.

At this point in time, training walls aren’t cheap.  Companies have put a lot of development effort into their respective versions of the concept and, understandably, they want to see a return on that investment.  However, as more companies enter the field, the effect of competition should be to drive prices down.

Clearly, workout walls are here to stay.  They could soon lend a new meaning to the phrase ‘hitting the wall’.