Women's Fitness (UK) - - Fitness -

WHAT? Back in Au­gust 2016, in a bid to ap­peal to younger au­di­ences, climb­ing was of­fi­cially ap­proved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While there are many dis­ci­plines within pro­fes­sional climb­ing (sport, speed, boul­der­ing), ama­teur climb­ing isn’t as daunt­ing as you might think. Rock climb­ing at the West 1 Climb­ing Wall at the Sey­mour Cen­tre in Maryle­bone of­fers a chal­leng­ing, al­ter­na­tive work­out with expert tu­ition and equip­ment.

WHY? Mind, body and so­cial ben­e­fits are on of­fer when you take to the wall. Along­side im­proved climb­ing skills, you’ll ex­er­cise men­tal con­trol and agility with the prob­lem solving this sport de­mands. Both fast and slow twitch mus­cles are re­quired, mean­ing climb­ing en­gages and works all mus­cle groups si­mul­ta­ne­ously, while im­prov­ing bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion. What’s more, the na­ture of the sport (climb­ing with friends and a spot­ter at the bot­tom as you as­cend) means it’s a place for trust build­ing, ca­ma­raderie, and self-con­fi­dence. WHERE? Sey­mour Leisure Cen­tre Maryle­bone, £40 for a pri­vate ses­sion, ev­ery­one­ac­

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