Climbing is a rapidly growing sport all around the world and Singapore is no exception. 10 years ago, there were only 3 climbing gym options. Today, local climbers get to choose between 13 climbing facilities peppered across all regions of our sunny island – talk about being spoiled for choice!
Despite its growing popularity, many non-climbers who are interested to try the sport still find it daunting to start. I beg to differ – I believe that one of the greatest things about climbing is that you can discover the sport at your own pace and there is always space for anyone looking to get started!
I’ve been climbing for 11 years now and I still find this to be true. In fact, I’m still very much in love with the sport and lifestyle. Here are my 6 reasons why you should try climbing too.
Climbing is for everyone.
Regardless of whether you are young, old, a fitness buff, out of shape, tall or short. Climbing is a personal challenge with a strong focus on propelling you to be better than what you were yesterday. Despite what you see in the media, climbing isn’t just for fitness buffs who look like they can do pull ups ad infinitum.
Climbing will work your entire body.
Climbing works much more than your arms. In fact, the wide variety of movements will engage your legs, core, shoulders, back and most of the muscles that you can think of in your body. If only your upper body is feeling sore after a good climb, ask an experienced friend or staff at your gym on how to move efficiently and get your whole body to work together smoothly!
Climbing is fun!
Have you ever noticed how as children we were interested in climbing everything we set our sights on? That’s because climbing in an incredibly intuitive skill, and our inner child is still very much ready to go climbing. Enjoying the process most certainly takes the “work” out of a workout. Which would you rather: try a range of fun and different movements or lifting weights repeatedly for 2 hours a day?
Climbing works both your mind and body.
Climbing stimulates your mind and problem-solving skills, keeping each experience fresh! Every climbing problem has a solution that works best for you, and it is an eye-opening experience to see the various methods that other climbers use to solve that same climbing problem. Hence each climb feels like a unique puzzle and it is super satisfying to have that “eureka” moment when you figure out what works for you!
Climbing is a great way to make new friends!
Though one of the perks of climbing is that you can do it by yourself, it is always better to climb with friends! You will be surprised at how helpful total strangers can be in the climbing gym if you ask. Because climbing naturally includes rest breaks between spurts of activity, everyone is happy to use that rest to help out a fellow climber figure out a tricky sequence or make new friends! After all, everyone has something in common at the climbing gym, making it a great way to start conversations and get to meet new people. Most climbing gyms hold regular social events too, providing climbers with more fun opportunities to get to know one another.
Climbing may just change your life
After practicing indoors and getting the basics right, it’s time to venture outdoors and test your skills on real rock. I have ventured out to places such as the sandstone boulders of Fontainebleau, France, the limestone cliffs of Krabi, Thailand and the majestic boulders of Grampians, Australia. This is when climbing evolved from being a sport to becoming a way of life for me. I cannot forget the friendships forged while overcoming climbs with friends and celebrating together over a home-cooked meal. I guess climbing has been a driving force for me for the past 11 years and maybe it will light a fire in you that you never knew existed 😉
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