ON THE RISE

Health & Fitness - - Mental Fitness -

Climb­ing is on our radar right now. Last sum­mer, it was added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sched­ule, and in­door climb­ing makes a great win­ter sport. Won­der­ing how it works? Each climber at the Olympics will com­pete in three dis­ci­plines – lead climb­ing (done on a long route with a rope for pro­tec­tion), boul­der­ing (done on over­hang­ing routes with a crash mat) and, best of all, speed climb­ing (fastest to the top wins). Su­per ex­cited? Us too. And that’s why now is the prime time to give the ac­tiv­ity a go. In­door climb­ing is the per­fect way to boost your body over the cooler months. It’s great for begin­ners be­cause most cen­tres pro­vide kit and in­struc­tion. It’ll boost full-body strength, agility and car­dio fit­ness. It’s a boon to your brain, as you fo­cus on what hand or foothold to take next. Plus, it will pre­pare you for sum­mer climb­ing. White Spi­der* is Lon­don’s new­est (and big­gest) climb­ing wall, boast­ing more than 380 climb­ing routes and 240 boul­der prob­lems. It’s the per­fect place to get to grips with the sport! Visit white­spi­der­climb­ing.com to give it a go.

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