The climbing movement has begun and has hit Singapore with a storm.
Who would have thought just 5 plus years ago when I picked up this pastime, it was still a rather non-conventional sport that had more restrictions and higher barriers of entry ( most climbers seen bouldering in Singapore started from school days)
However, over time, with greater publicity and awareness about rock climbing, it started attracting more working adults into the scene, looking for a fun and alternative form of workout beyond the gym/ fitness classes available in the market. Bouldering and climbing gyms in Singapore are getting fancier over time with some of them having incredible facilities like air filters, co-working space options or even cross-fit and yoga classes if you need a bit of a variety.
So here’s the list of 20 Bouldering Gyms that have marked their grounds in Singapore:
Introducing the best rock climbing gyms in Singapore in NO ranking order. Do go through all of it to make a fair assessment of which gym is most suitable base on your climbing ability, comfort level and convenience. Take note that in view of COVID19, a lot of the gyms now require prior registration online to secure a slot before coming to climb. Walk ins are a lot harder than before, especially on weekends. So, be warned!
1. Climb Central ( 3 Outlets )
See and be seen. 😉
This gym is in a very public arena located in heart of Kallang Wave Mall – very conducive for boulderers young and old, beginner and advance. You will also get a lot of passers-by peering down over the ledges looking at you ‘circus-ing’ around.
A convenient and comfortable gym, the bouldering community is growing here, but do try to avoid the peak hours to have a comfortable time exploring the routes. Get ready to enjoy a good rock climbing workout!
ANNOUNCEMENT: They have opened their 3rd gym in Funan Mall to cater better to the CBD central working crowd and youths better. So if you have always been looking for something central located, this is a good one. Be warned, all their gyms are quite open spaced, so you need to feel comfortable with the attention.
Climb Central Sports Hub | B1-01, 1 Stadium Place, Kallang Wave Singapore 397628
Climb Central Novena | Novena Square 238 Thomson Road #03-23/25 Singapore 307683
Climb Central Funan | 107 North Bridge Rd, #B2-19/21 Funan Mall, Singapore 179105
2. Climbers Brewing?
Previously located in the west all the way at Jurong, a north-eastie like me will be glad to know that the gym has now moved to Woodleigh Park, smack between Potong Pasir and Serangoon Station. Finally a cosy bouldering gym in the northeast part of Singapore!
Drop by a here if you want to avoid the hoards of students and family crowd and just do some bouldering, climbing or even just catching up with your climbing buddies and pals.
Climbers Lab | 48 Woodleigh Park Singapore 608586
Also recently relocated to the new base near racecourse road, this all-time favourite bouldering gym has built its reputation over the years to be – where all the hot men are.
Don’t ask me why, but apparently they have been featured in some website being the top places to hang out to check out cute guys. On a side note, Kinetics also have periodic slasher sales where you can get the best climbing shoes at a really great price. Le Sportiva fans, you gotta stalk their FB page to find out when the next sale is.
Kinetics Climbing | 511 Serangoon Road Singapore 218153
4. The Wonderful World of Boulder World Singapore
Paya Lebar peeps listen up, we can now deliver some parcels and climb some rocks as well;) Boulder World is located in Singpost Centre, just a short walk from the Paya Lebar MRT station, which is a key transit station between the east-west MRT line ( green) and circle MRT line ( orange).
Boulder World Singapore is currently the largest bouldering gym in Singapore and has close to a hundred interesting routes/ problems catering to beginners as well as the hardcore hustlers. Their ”Moonboard” is also a growing attraction and is always in demand.
Boulder World Singapore, SingPost Centre, Enrichment Zone, #01-205
Facing challenges going to the gym to climb?
Why not invest in a good hangboard or fingerboard for training at home?
5. Climbers of Asia – Ground Up
One of the pioneer gyms for bouldering in Singapore, this was one of the 1st gyms I started to do bouldering, and I really like their 2nd-floor design of the gym, like a 2 storey maze and playground. Come here if you want a mix between some top rope/ lead climbing and also bouldering.
They are one of the gyms that have a massive outdoor lead climbing wall, so if you are not into bouldering that day, that is always an option!
Ground Up Climb Asia | 60 Tessensohn Road, c/o CLUB CSC @ TESSENSOHN Singapore 217664
6. Move that BOul-D at Boulder Movement
This fancy bouldering gym is located smack in the heart of CBD, not to mention in the swanky new luxury mall in OUE Downtown. It is a bouldering gym out to compete with the likes of full facility fitness gyms, by providing good showering facilities, towels, climbing shoe storage and even complementing workout regime classes like cross fit and yoga classes to further. Aiming to position itself better than the rest, they also look into the well-being and health of its members by having world class air filtration systems in it.
There is plenty of cool quirky shops and hipster coffee cafe in this mall as well, so be prepared by packing your own snacks or get ready to spend quite a bit of money around the area when you are here.
Boulder Movement Downtown | 6A Shenton Way #B1-03 OUE Downtown Gallery Singapore 068815
Good news, if you are the type that likes to rotate between gym locations, a 2nd outlet of Boulder Movement has opened up in the north east! So for those who no longer work in the CBD and mostly work from home now, this is a new location perfect for your bouldering workouts.
Boulder Movement Tai Seng | 18 Tai Seng St, #01-09, S(539775)
7. Sighted at Onsight Climbing Gym
Competitive level standards? This gym has always been regarded as one of the top boulder gyms with the toughest routes. You can see some crazy action going on here with some flying ‘monkey’ boulderers occasionally. And just next door would be some flying monkeys jumping on trampolines and ropes. Really quite a sight at onsight.
Till this day, this is one of my favourite gyms to climb at, not just because my friends love to climb here, its located near the circle line, but the fact that there is super delicious food at the nearby old airport road food court! The thought of prawn noodles and char kway teow is making me hungry already!
Onsight Climbing Gym | 100 Guillemard Road Singapore 399718
(Unfortunately, Onsight climbing gym’s last day of operations is end of December 2020.
8. Upside Boulders – The Promenade @ Pelikat
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There is now a boulder gym within 10 minutes walk from my house! For northeasterners who stay in Serangoon, Lorong Chuan, Kovan, Hougang, Sengkang etc, this will be THE GYM to visit. The Promenade @ Pelikat is a small little mall that just opened, and I really hope to visit this gym soon.
Its a cycling distance from Kovan mrt or Serangoon NEX mall. The area is very peaceful as it is situated in the middle of the private housing and residential public parks.
9 & 10. Rock School ( Tampines Hub/ Bedok Community Centre Outlet)
Located at 2 places, Bedok Community Centre AND Tampines Sports Hub, this heartland climbing gym is perfect for the Easties and for people just starting out climbing.
The Tampines hub outlet has a 4.5m high boulder wall, the same supplier for world cup IFSC climbing and high quality rented climbing gear by Black Diamond and Boreal. Much effort has gone into creating a quality climbing experience for serious climbers and beginners alike within a neighbourhood community.
The gym founders come from both sport climbing as well as Sports Science and youth development, hence the state-of-the-art climbing facility also provides a variety of programmes for first-timers and beginners, from exploratory sessions, fun and social experience to structured programmes designed to develop climbing techniques for fitness enthusiasts and novice climbers.
11. Z-Vertigo Boulder Gym
Z-VERTIGO BOULDER GYM is a warm and welcoming gym to spend the rest of your evening or your weekend at. It’s like a home with a family orientated community here. The friendly staffs and the gym owners are always ready to assist you, hanging out with you by the climbing wall as you attempt the boulder problems even.
There are plenty of boulder problems for everyone and for climbers of any skill and climbing experience. Whether it’s your first day of climbing or a seasoned climber Z Vertigo Boulder Gym has interesting problems to welcome you into the climbing world and to challenge your might. From the classic boulder problems to crank on, to the fun and dynamic coordination sets. Not to forget, the training sector with the hang boards for warms up and specific finger strength trainings. The gym also has a spam wall with endurance sets. Z Vertigo Boulder Gym got you all covered.
Z Vertigo Boulder Gym, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, 70 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #B2-20B, Singapore 588179
12. Bouldering in Singapore @ Safra Yishun Gym
Last but not least would be SAFRA Yishun Gym. A tard further to get to given it is in the far north, this outdoor rock climbing spot actually also have a really fun bouldering ‘maze’ playground in the centre of its top rope structure. You can literally boulder your way up 3 storeys if you really want to. I would recommend boulderers to visit this top boulder gym once if you want to have a bit more fun than an intense workout.
As I am really a fan of outdoor climbing, just outside this bouldering gym is the immense rock climbing outdoor wall, 1 building for top rope and the other a few metres away for lead climbing. You can prepare for some unpredictable weather here in Yishun ( very hot or rainy), so don’t forget your sunblock, sunhats or umberalls/ ponchos for your gear.
Yishun Safra | 60 Yishun Avenue 4 Singapore 769027
13. O-Ye-Yo or more known as Oyeyo
Also another cute bouldering gym name, this cosy little ‘monkey’ gym Oyeyo located near Little India MRT station, a few stops away from the city. Its also located very near one of the outdoor climbing shops Campers’ Corner.
This gym is a perfect hangout place to throw aside your work problems and keep you busy with bouldering ‘problems’. Come hang, swing, chill and be pumped with a smile of satisfaction while getting a good rock climbing workout!;)
Oyeyo Boulder Home | 148 Mackenzie Road Singapore 228724
14. Bring your +1+2+3 to BoulderPlus+
Kids, families, friends, colleagues. Everyone can have fun together. Visit Boulder Plus located at Aperia Mall at 12 Kallang Ave, it is a convenient spot for easties!
They have a cool 60 degree overhang bouldering wall with some custom build cool features by Walltopia brand, the globe’s number 1 leading wall manufacturer. Not to worry if you attempt one of the tough routes, your falls will be cushioned by high quality bouldering crash pads.
Boulder Plus | The Aperia Mall, 12 Kallang Ave, #03-17, 339511
15. T-Hall Singapore Climbing Gym
Newest kid on the block? Opening in 2019, this gym located at North Bridge Road near ICA is the number 15 bouldering gym in Singapore! Something a bit more central finally.
Imagine that, till date we have 16 boulders gyms in the small island of Singapore!
T-Hall | Address: 464 Crawford Ln, Singapore 190464
16. Get Fit at FitBloc
Located in Science Park, this bouldering gym located in the west makes it perfect for westies who find it a challenge to travel all the way to the main majority of gyms in the East.
This Boulders Gym in Singapore has special facilities link to their building like a nice lap pool and co-working space. This is really cool for a digital nomad like me who works off my laptop yet want to squeeze in some climbing. Not many climbing gyms can proudly say they have a co-working space in the same premise.
Fit Bloc Boulders Gym | 87 Science Park Dr, #03-02 The Oasis, Singapore 118260
Gorilla Climbing Gym Singapore
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Love the name of this gym, definitely lives up to the ‘ape’ like behaviour of us boulderers swinging around on the walls.
Gorilla Climbing Gym had its official opening in the month of Aug 2017 and are welcoming easties and all families and friends to visit its spanking new premise in Chai Chee. One thing I really like about the gym is, it is all white and air-conditioned! Located right next to the flagship Decathlon outlet, it is slowly converting itself into a one-stop adventure hub to climb and shop all in 1 trip.
One more bonus: It has a climbing shop as well if you are looking for great climbing gifts for your boulderers friends, alternatively one can also invest on your first set of climbing gear buying it online on Amazon.
Gorilla Climbing Gym | 750B Chai Chee Road, #01-02 Viva Business Park
So hence conclude my post about the list of 20 top boulder gym in Singapore.
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