I'm doing it the other way around...
Using climbing to help loosen me up, strengthen the core, legs, and feet. A little weight loss wouldn't hurt either!
....careful with that tho! A day on the Rock, is a lot like a day on the slope! That exercise/weight loss philosophy, was my thinking with snowboarding!! But after 6-8-10 hours on the slope? I'm RAVENOUS!!!!!
Lol! I'd hit the room after 10 pm and just pound
down 4-5-6 thousand calories right before passing out from exhaustion!!
(...doesn't help that I tend to go all day with little or no food when I'm snowboarding!
To add to the "gear maintenance" issue,.. If you are doing primarily Top Roping? Your rope will not be subjected to the extreme forces of a "Lead climb" type fall! Therefore, you can get more climb time out of a given rope.
Assuming you follow Kilz & shred's advice on keeping your rope & gear dry, out of the dirt and NOT stepping on it! All that
Once you start doing some lead climbing, setting protection as you go. Then you have bigger concerns as to the FF's that they were talking about! Remember, if your last piece of protection was set 15ft. below you, you are looking at a 30 ft. fall if you come loose! That's a lot of force on the rope!
Top Roping falls, (If you have a good belay, who's paying attention!) tend to be, for lack of a better word, "static" falls! Most of mine were just coming off the rock without actually falling any distance beyond the stretch factor of the rope!
It's been years since I've climbed much, but this thread has me itching to get back out! (...even if it has to be just indoor stuff here in MI.!)