One of my fears – and I know some of you can relate – is heights. This past weekend, a few of my friends and I visited Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville for indoor rock-climbing. It was definitely one of the “hippest” indoor rock-climbing spot in the Boston area. I felt as if I had stepped into a street-style art gallery in New York City and it was pretty badass, haha!
From a 140-foot long, 22-foot tall bouldering wall to a 50-foot tall rock climbing wall that extends onto the ceiling, it offers unlimited levels. If you’re not familiar with the vocabulary, I got you covered. Bouldering is basically rock climbing without ropes and harnesses, and just use climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over safety mats. Tall rock climbing walls requires a belayer, ropes, harnesses, and climbing shoes. Belaying is a technique to catch a climber’s fall by providing tension on the rope, and lowering a climber back down to the ground safely. What’s really awesome about Brooklyn Boulders is that they offer auto-belay so you can climb without a belayer! I was really impressed when I saw a work/study space on the second floor! Did I mention free Wi-Fi? Haha. There’s also indoor bike parking spaces, innovative cardio equipment room, and a YOGA room! Omg, and I love their organic lavender soap (typical me, haha).
If you have never tried indoor rock-climbing, YOU HAVE TO GO! It is absolutely an amazing experience. Almost anyone can rock climb and you don’t even have to be super fit. The more you climb, the stronger and fitter you will become. Rock climbing uses lots of muscle groups, both in the upper and lower body- the back, abdominal area, legs, shoulders, arms, and fingers! “A one hour climb session can burn well over 700 calories.” In addition to building muscles and cardio, it requires patience and problem solving skills because each climbing route is a puzzle which requires patience, planning, and examination to complete. Climbing has also been shown to reduce stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps balance our brain’s response to stress. If it’s your first time, maybe an increase of adrenaline but hey, practice and slowly overcome your fear!
And you know what the best part about my experience is? Encouragements from my friends…when I panicked and didn’t have the guts to climb any higher. Rather than telling me to give up or come down, they say words like, “You can do it Eva! Put your right leg on that rock! Push yourself up! You’re almost there!” In the moment, my mouth is shouting, “omg, omg I can’t do this. I’m going to die!” but my mind and body is telling me to keep going because my friends believed in me. So I kept going and reached to the top! They also encouraged me to climb tougher levels! When I slipped, they didn’t laugh at me or discouraged me but rather encouraged me to go again. This is one of the reasons why I love sports and outdoor activities (even though I may not be good at it), because of the support we give one another. I definitely don’t express it enough, but I’m really grateful to have met them. <3
I think from a mental standpoint, climbing is an amazing experience for implanting focus, balance, and willpower to tackle real world life obstacles. As you’re climbing to the top in life, remember to slow down and appreciate the experiences. Even if you fall or fail along the way, it’s okay…climb again.
Never Stop Moving! Xoxo
P.S. I am 100% sure that there is always a discounted price on groupon, rush49 (what I used), or social living deals!!! Google it!