Climbers have a great amount of choice when it comes to training in Madrid. Madrilenos are great sports lovers, and climbing is a well loved and well catered-for activity. For beginners or those wanting to know more, indoor rock climbing is the perfect sport for adrenaline junkies who love a proper workout while getting their thrills. It looks like fun but is actually a lot of hard work on the body – good teachers will guide you on how to use your lower body strength to achieve your climbs and balance your weight. Of course, outdoor climbing is amazing fun, but the benefits of indoor climbing are many – there are no weather restrictions, it’s much safer, and you’ll receive controlled guidance from skilled teachers. Climbing is a great social sport to be done with friends, and can be a great workout and fitness alternative to the traditional gym membership.
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Bulderking is one of Madrid’s biggest indoor climbing centres. Boasting over 300 square metres of climbing walls, with over 3,000 climbing grips, this is a mecca for indoor climbing and training. The climbing walls are known for their unique and challenging layouts, including excellent overhangs. The centre offers group classes for beginners to advanced, private training, and even a juvenile climbing academy. Group classes are limited to 3-7 people, ensuring students get adequate training and supervision. (Calle Abejuela, 15, Madrid)
The major drawcard at Placax is the monster 15m sheer wall with varied routes. Known as a friendly club, this is a great first stop for amateurs or first timers. It’s based on the southern fringes of the city, but for those who don’t live nearby, it can be worth the commute to make the most of the monster climbing wall, and the friendly atmosphere at a lower rate than most centres in the heart of Madrid. Check out their website for some inspirational training videos! (Avenida de Europa -no number- 28916)
The Climb offers comprehensive facilities for climbers, including extra strength training equipment which targets the needs of climbers. The Climb offers a fantastic beginner package, with an introductory course comprising four one-hour sessions for under €60. Devoted teachers cover the basics of stretching and preparation, basic techniques of gesture, balance, optimum use of the feet, distribution of weight, and correct position of hands to prevent injury. More experienced climbers will find many challenges in their imaginative and challenging climbing structures. (Calle del Carbón, 5, 28918)
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Espacio acción (Action space!)
Great climbing walls abound at Action Space. Here you’ll find over 400 square metres of climbing wall, encompassing 25 unique routes. There are 400 square metres of bouldering routes, as well as a 75 square metre, three-dimensional climbing cave. Climbing routes are designed to mimic actual known formations and trails from outdoor settings. The team pride themselves on their passion for the sport and techniques, and the excellent facilities are air-conditioned for maximum comfort. Full gym and training facilities are available. (C/ Marcelino Álvarez, 6, 28017)