One of the most popular ways to exercise and have fun at the same time these days absolutely has to be bouldering. It’s certainly no coincidence that there are increasing numbers of climbing walls springing up here, there and everywhere… it seems as though everyone wants to be a climber at the moment!
And, of course, if you’ve tried it before it’s certainly not hard to see why. It’s a huge amount of fun and a massive challenge, even if you’re strong and flexible already.
Climbing is a workout for your brain as much as your body and it’s something that you can do on your own or with a group, as well as being highly accessible as a form of exercise for children. In short, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular pastime right now.
If you haven’t tried it before but want to see what it’s all about, here are a few top tips from the Elite Wear team to help you really get to grips with that bouldering wall. Good luck!
#1 Warm up
The climbing routes are set out in different colours according to level of difficulty and a good way to warm up is to pick one of the easier routes so you can work those arms and legs out a little in readiness for some tougher climbs.
#2 Plan your route
It’s tempting to just throw yourself up the wall and see what happens but you may find yourself stuck at some point and that’s when it starts to get tiring. Have a look at the wall before you climb so you can plan out a route and decide where you’re going.
#3 Watch other climbers
It’s fascinating watching other more experienced climbers reach the top and you’ll learn a huge amount simply by seeing how other people do it. Also chat to other climbers while you’re there as you’ll be able to pick up a lot of other tips and ideas for your own climbs.
#4 Practise falling
It might not look too high at the bottom but, trust us, the wall can seem daunting when you’re at the top - especially if you’re not keen on heights and are scared you’ll hurt yourself if you fall. You can get over this fear by practising falling… simply let go of the wall and let yourself fall, so you can see that you’re not going to sustain an injury.
#5 Have fun
Don’t get too hung up on your grades and which colours you’re currently on. This shouldn’t really be the main focus of climbing and you’ll progress far more as a climber if you simply enjoy where you are and what you’re doing.
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