We’ve used and abused our running shoes and tried to head to the gym more times than we could count – but when those fitness sessions don’t work out, you know it’s time to try something new. If you’re looking to burn fat and obtain that lean physique, then rock climbing or bouldering could be the answer to your dream bod prayers.
From augmented reality (AR) climbing walls, to transparent ones that’ll have you climbing face-to-face with your friends, and climbing gyms with free yoga classes, here are some rock climbing and bouldering gyms to check out.
Far from your regular climbing gym, Clip n’ Climb at HomeTeamNS Tampines has 19 climbing walls so wacky, you’ll forget you’re actually there to exercise.
Perfect for the young and young at heart, each wall presents a different vertical challenge that will require a mixture of brain and brawn to conquer. The more outrageous ones look like strands of DNA and our favourite Tetris game.
You’ll also be able to switch up your parent-child bonding sesh with a little competition and take on their “glass” wall and climb face-to-face with your kiddo. Prices start from $18 for members, while non-members pay $25 for a 90-minute session. They also offer Laser Quest onsite at an additional cost.
Address: HomeTeamNS Tampines 1 Tampines Walk #03-03 Our Tampines Hub Singapore, 528523
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 12PM-9PM | Fri – Sat 10AM-11PM | Sun 10AM-9PM
Telephone: 6705 9410
Upside Boulders is a bouldering gym that’s probably one of Hougang’s best-kept secrets. The bouldering space is pretty small, giving a cosy and intimate environment.
Prices here are the cheapest you’ll find in SG at just $14 for adults and $12 for those aged 20 and below or children. They also have options for a multi-pass and season pass which you can check out here.
Address: 183 Jalan Pelikat, #B1-98 The Promenade @ Pelikat, Singapore 537643
Opening hours: Mon 5.30PM-10.30PM | Tue – Fri 2.30PM-10.30PM | Sat – Sun 11AM-11PM
Telephone: 6581 9258
Climb Central isn’t just a rock climbing gym in a shopping mall – it’s a great training ground for newbies who haven’t a clue about rock climbing. Each climbing lane has grips that are colour coded according to difficulty level, and friendly instructors will give you a 15-minute crash course on climbing before your session.
Image credit: @climbcentral
Tickets are sold in the form of day passes, which will allow you to leave for lunch or a shopping break before you head back in to climb. Prices start from $22 for adults for a day pass without equipment, and students can make use of the Youth day pass which is priced at $28. Find out more here.
Address: 1 Stadium Place, #B1-01 Singapore 397628
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11am-11pm | Sat – Sun 9AM-9PM
Telephone: 6702 7972
Address: 238 Thomson Road, #03-23/25 Singapore 307683
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11AM-11PM | Sat – Sun 9AM-9PM
Telephone: 6353 6885
Kinetics Climbing is a small bouldering gym tucked away in Serangoon, suitable for both beginners and those with experience. This gym regularly switches up its climbing routes so you can expect varied paths to explore every time you visit.
There’s also a top-rope wall and other courses available from experiential climbing to personal coaching. Day passes start from $12 for students and $17 for adults. There are also options for a multipass here.
Address: 511 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218153
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 1PM-10PM | Sat – Sun 10AM-7PM | Mon 4PM-10PM
Telephone: 6291 5045
Oyeyo Boulder Home is a cosy bouldering gym with walls standing at 3m. It’s pretty small so there won’t be too many people – great if you’re a newbie who doesn’t want 100 people staring as you fall like a coconut from a tree. But if you’re a seasoned climber, go straight for their 180-degree climbing wall that’ll have you climbing like spiderman on steroids.
There’s a one-time registration fee of $10, and one-day entry pass is priced from $16 not inclusive of equipment. It’s located beside Owl’s Brew, a small bar which you can knock back with some drinks at after a good climb sesh.
Address: 148 Mackenzie Road Singapore
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 1PM-11PM | Sat – Sun 10AM-9PM
Telephone: 6996 2095
SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre takes rock climbing to literal new heights with its 25-metre outdoor rock wall. Offering the most variety, the place also houses 15-metre sport climbing walls, a 18-metre slab wall, and 18-metre chimney and crack walls.
They also have a massive 2-storey indoor bouldering gym if you just can’t stand small bouldering spaces.
Those with a little more experience can try their chalky hands at the crack wall – a perfect middle ground for climbers who want to try something more challenging but just aren’t ready for real cliffs.
You can also check out the abseiling and canopy walk onsite. Prices for SAFRA members start from $10.70, while non-members pay $16.10. Keep your eyes peeled for their special student promo and passion card privileges for cheaper entry.
Note: You’ll need a level 1 SNCS certification and be 7 years old or older to climb here
Address: 60 Yishun Avenue 4, Singapore 769027
● Tue – Fri 1PM-9.30PM | Sat – Sun 9AM-5.30PM
● School holidays: Tue – Fri 9AM-9.30PM | Sat – Sun 9AM-5.30PM
Another AR climbing experience you can get is at Climbers Laboratory, which provides more challenging routes for adults. They definitely don’t compromise on the fun though, because you can expect to climb walls with quirky cartoon characters or lego bricks.
As for the augmented reality (AR) walls, you’ll be able to choose from different challenges that’ll have you scrambling to meet the game’s objective whilst racing against the clock. Purchase an all-day climbing pass for $22 and if you’re under 21 years old, it’ll cost you just $14.
Address: 48 Woodleigh Park, Singapore 357844
Opening hours: Mon 5PM-10.30PM | Tue – Fri 11.30AM-10.30PM | Sat – Sun 9.30AM-7PM
Telephone: 9187 0802
We’re all too familiar with class passes that gives us access to fitness gyms. Now, Boulder Movement is joining the party and offering all-inclusive class passes for climbing courses. The best part? The gym is located in the CBD so you can zip over after work.
They’re known for their comprehensive classes that range from the basics of bouldering to more intermediate with focus on strength training and mobility.
It also has a stationary workout area with hanging boards for finger strength training to target the muscles that are needed for climbing. Of course, you can always choose to climb at leisure and purchase an entry pass at $30, while a class pass to access the course costs $45.
Address: OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, B1-03, Singapore 068815
Opening hours: Mon 7PM-10PM | Tue – Fri 11AM-10PM | Sat – Sun 9.30AM-8PM
Telephone: 6816 6001
Tai Seng outlet
Address: 18 Tai Seng Street, #01-09, Singapore 539775
Opening hours: Mon 7PM-10PM | Tue – Fri 11AM-10PM | Sat – Sun 9.30AM-8PM
Telephone: 6974 7769
If you’re dropping by Snow City, you might want to check out The Cliff @ Snow City, which offers 10 climbing lanes with various difficulty levels. Prices start at $30, and entry into the climbing gym includes snow play.
This climbing gym also offers team building sessions, birthday parties and certification classes.
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Opening hours: 10AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 6560 2306
Boulder World is the largest bouldering gym in Singapore measuring a staggering 7,000 sq ft in size. With over 100 routes for climbers of any level, the place is also big enough to host birthday parties.
Any seasoned climber knows that a good pre-stretch will give you the most productive climb. BoulderWorld offers classes like their 1-hour long Yin Yang Yoga to give you a good stretch that’ll prep you for your climb at an all-inclusive price of $22. Yes, that’s a 1-hour yoga class and an all-day climbing pass for just $22.
Address: 10 Eunos Road 8, SingPost Centre #01-205, BoulderWorld
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10AM-10PM | Sat – Sun 10AM-9PM
Telephone: 6917 7783
If you and your crew love a little competition and are always looking for new activities to partake in, then Let ’em Play will be your ultimate playground.The augmented reality (AR) climbing wall is the star of the show here, putting a futuristic spin on our usual ones.
It uses projected graphics to create games and challenges to compete with your friends – whoever grabs hold of the most climbing grips in a set amount of time wins!
Besides the AR climbing wall, there are 5 other walls for you to try out such as a giraffe- and tree-themed one. There’s also a two-storey high indoor high elements obstacle course that’s suitable for both kids and adults.
An all in package starts from $36 for adults and $30 for children. There are also ticket options for just the AR wall, which you can check out here.
Address: 18 Boon Lay Way, Trade Hub 21 #01-100, 609966
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10AM-7.30PM | Sat – Sun 10AM-8.30PM
Telephone: 6266 6125
Image credit: @cecilatham
Ground Up climbing gym is home to a bouldering wall and lead wall. It’s known for their professional coaches and their beginner taster session. Priced at $40/hour, their guided class is a great introduction to the climbing scene for first timers where you’ll be taught the proper climbing techniques and body conditioning exercises.
An entry pass here costs $15 for adults and $10 for youths without equipment. They also have an onsite cafe perfect for if you wanna fuel up before your session, or to lounge at while your kids scale the walls.
Address: 60 Tessensohn Road, Level 2, Singapore 217664
Opening hours: Mon 5PM-11PM | Tue – Fri 12PM-11PM | Sat – Sun 10AM-9PM
Telephone: 6292 7701
The Rock School at Bedok Community Centre is pretty hard to miss with its splash of pink, blue and yellow. It’s home to an indoor air-conditioned bouldering wall and a 7-metre high outdoor climbing wall for kids aged 2-14 years old. You’ll be able to climb it rain or shine because the outdoor wall is sheltered.
Image credit: The Rock School
The wall isn’t too tall, and is the perfect height for kiddos to dip their toes into the climbing scene. You can also have a birthday party for your kids here which will include a party host and instructors. Alternatively, children aged 4 years and up, and adults can head to The Rock School’s other outlet at Our Tampines Hub, which offers routes that are more challenging. Newbies can look forward to climbing sessions led by an instructor available once every few hours.
Image credit: The Rock School
There are also a wide range of classes such as private coaching for both adults and children. Prices for entry start from as low as $10 for members who drop by between 11am and 2pm on weekdays, inclusive of gears. You can see the full list of prices here.
Address: 850 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467352
Opening hours: Thu – Fri 1PM-9AM | Sat – Sun 10AM-7PM
Telephone: 6242 2106
Address: Our Tampines Hub 1 Tampines Walk, #02-81 Singapore 528523
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11AM-10PM | Sat – Sun 9AM-9PM
Telephone: 9635 3488
Conquering a wall and getting to the top is a feeling unlike any other. Aside from that, you’ll be burning a whooping 600-900 calories rock climbing compared to the 500 calories you’ll burn running for an hour. And with plenty of routes and walls to conquer, you can be sure that 1 hour won’t be enough.
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