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, everyoneactive.com