Is Climbing for Everyone?


September 2015

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Our answer? 

A resounding yes! Climbing is a sport that can be undertaken by people of all ages. Most climbers reach a peak at the age of 14-18 years old, but many of the famous competitive climbers today started as young as the age of 5-6.

‍Ashima Shiraishi: Image Source

Ashima Shiraishi is one such example.  

She discovered rock climbing in kindergarten, at the tender age of 6, when her parents took her to Central Park. There, she took to climbing like a duck to water, and never looked back. Climbing teaches children balance, agility and body movement--skills that are crucial in a child's developing stage. Moreover, having a sport to occupy your child's time can help keep their physical fitness up and is a better alternative to computer games. 

One way to improve your climbing is simply by climbing more. The younger you start, the more time you have to understand your body and explore how you can be a better climber. 

What about older climbers? 

As long as you are in good health and have a reasonable fitness, there is no reason why you cannot climb. Top-rope climbing is a good place to start, as it has less impact on the joints. The oldest climber we've seen at our facility is just past 70!

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‍Stretching: Image Source

Always remember to stretch and warm up properly before climbing. There are a few ways to do so. You can start warming up your body by incorporating jumping jacks and some dynamic stretches into your regime. Ready your fingers by doing some easy exercises with a stress ball or by doing a bit of hangs. Once your fingers are warmed up, you can start by climbing a few easy routes before attempting your day's projects. Traversing (climbing laterally across) the boulder wall is also a good way to warm up. 

No matter how old you are, just so long as you are mindful of your safety, climbing is a perfectly good sport for you. Any equipment that you need to start climbing can be rented from the climbing gym. In fact, you only need to bring one item to the climbing gym - socks - for the rental climbing shoes, and you're good to go.

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