Rock climbing

Iroshini Chua Talks About Her New Fitness Obsession: Rock Climbing

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to explore and discover new hobbies. For some inspiration, Annabel Tan talks to three of our society friends about their newly discovered joys.

The family doctor who also practices aesthetic medicine is a fitness enthusiast, if her lean, toned body hasn’t already revealed it. While his work at the clinic has become much more intense since the pandemic hit, the lull in the social scene has allowed the doctor to devote more time to his exercise regimen. The mother of two teenagers works out at the gym, does pilates, rock climbs – twice a week for each – and hits the treadmill at home on other days. Climbing, which she learned five years ago, has recently become one of her biggest obsessions.

Why does rock climbing appeal to you?
I’m task-oriented and climbing the wall is similar; taking it step by step until i reached the top. The route you ride also requires planning ahead and you have to learn to take things one step at a time, which is a discipline that can be applied to other aspects of life. Overall I find the sport cathartic and it provides a full body workout. You don’t really feel the time passing.

Has it changed or consumed your life? Tell us more.
I find exercise in all its forms essential to a healthy lifestyle. I spend about four to six hours a week rock climbing, and I don’t consider it consuming my life, but rather adding to it. My next challenge is trying to climb routes that require more core strength.

What is the hardest thing about rock climbing?
As a beginner it was all about letting go as you reached the top. There is a feeling of loss of control which may not be so intuitive. Right now, even though I’m accomplishing my ascension, overcoming the fear of falling is still a challenge. I prepare myself mentally by counting to three and let go.

What’s the most enjoyable part about it?
Climbing with my husband Kevin, of course!

The three ingredients of a good climbing session are:
Good sleep, good hydration and an interesting climbing route.

What most people don’t know about sports?
It is more difficult to go down than to go up. Also, although calluses are unavoidable, it is possible to learn how to climb efficiently and not put extra pressure on the hands.

What have you discovered about yourself through this passion?
That I can be determined to overcome challenges and that my body can function under pressure.


This story first appeared in the February 2022 issue of Prestige Singapore.