Boul­der­ing for rook­ies

Get a grip on the new­est sport hit­ting the Olympic ros­ter

Women's Health Australia - - NEWS - By Lizza Ge­bi­la­gin

It’s climb time. WH shows you the ropes

If you’re keen to give your brain as much of a work­out as your body, then boul­der­ing is the sport for you. Set to make its de­but at the 2020 Olympics, it’s ba­si­cally rock climb­ing sans rope – but don’t let that scare you out of giv­ing it a go. The climbs are shorter in height (4m max at in­door gyms) and length, giv­ing you an in­tense and ex­plo­sive work­out for your up­per body, core and legs. But there’s also a crash pad be­neath you, so you’ll have some­where cush­iony to land (or fall on your arse).

To get across the boul­der, there’s a path to fol­low called a ‘prob­lem’. And sim­i­lar to the way you’d call in the girls to solve the dra­mas in your love life, you’ll have a crew to help you work through your boul­der­ing dilem­mas (al­beit with­out the aid of cock­tails). As for gear, you can hire shoes and chalk at an in­door climb­ing gym, which is the best place for boul­der­ing rook­ies to start. Got all that? Good. Over to Kim

Kamo, lead coach for the Sport Climb­ing Aus­tralia team, to give you a leg up.

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