A field trip to Brooklyn Boulders

I do all my own stunts.

I haven’t gone rock climbing since I was a kid. My sleep-away camp had a rock climbing wall and I have fuzzy vague memories of liking it. After some Ecuadorian rappelling fun this summer, I was looking for a reason to put back on a harness.

Matt’s sister Dana is in town from Colorado for Thanksgiving and that was the perfect catalyst for a trip to Brooklyn Boulders.  Brooklyn Boulders is a climbing gym in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The main offering (at least at our skill level) is bouldering, which is climbing sans harness and ropes on walls that reach about 10-15 feet.

Welcome to Brooklyn Boulders. Heads Up

Welcome to Brooklyn Boulders. Heads Up

Vogue Magazine called Brooklyn Boulders the best workout in Brooklyn, so that’s pretty cool.

(Also fun fact: we found a great deal on Rush 49. Using that site it only costs $19 for a day pass + equipment rental a major discount from the $50 price point.)

A little more about Brooklyn Boulders: They have  22,000 square feet of climbing surface and after a filling out a quick waiver you can climb on your own, or take a class. We rented shoes meant to fit snuggly and borrowed chalk from the front desk. Definitely bring a lock.

Check out my cool climbing kicks

Check out my cool climbing kicks

it's important to put chalk on your hands

it’s important to put chalk on your hands with flare as Dana demonstrates

The walls are brightly colored and chaotic. Numbers and colors mark levels from 0-10 showing increased levels of difficulty. Flexibility and core and arm strength are very important here. I gave it a try but unfortunately twisting my ankle doesn’t feel amazing and putting pressure exclusively on the arch of the foot sends a searing pain up my leg. So let’s not talk about me. Let’s talk about Dana and Matt and how awesome this place is.

these monkeys are related

these monkeys are related and love to sing show tunes

I have the wingspan for this activity.

I have the wingspan for this activity.

Dana and her spidey sense

Dana and her spidey sense

Dana was a natural. After quickly conquering a 0, she crushed a level 1 and found her challenge at level 2.The vibe inside the gym is incredibly fun. They play great music. The crowd is — how should I say this? — aesthetically pleasing. So yea, there were a bunch of hotties here. Bouldering is naturally a team sport. Strangers non-awkwardly give you advice on where to place your foot and cheer you on when you succeed. It was fun to watch the Stein siblings work together.

total slack(lin)er

total slack(lin)er

Even serious climbers were full of smiles.  Climbing feels like more of a fun activity than dedicated gym time, and that’s a plus if you ask me. As the Vogue article explains, the twists and pulls required in climbing create sexy oblique muscles. So while you’re crawling around you’re getting an incredible workout.

expert climber

expert climber

If you’re interested in trying, these FAQs are super helpful.

Waivers!

Waivers!!

I can’t wait till my ankle heals and I can go back. (Do I end every post with this sentiment??)

Has anyone else been to Brooklyn Boulders or have another non-typical fitness activity to share? Especially an indoor one for the winter.


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