No, this isn't just a silly title I've thought up, it's genuinely the name of the class. But then what else do you call a session designed to get your heart rate up with a combination of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and climbing?
The venue looked suitably ridiculous. Walking into Clip 'n' Climb in Chelsea, I thought I'd stumbled into an oversized Lego box, as I looked up at the brightly coloured climbing walls. Each had its own type of ledge or hold that presented a different challenge of varying degree – a Tetris wall for speed, a clear double-sided wall for the competitive and a leap-of-faith platform for the brave, amongst plenty other mind-boggling walls.
Before we could attempt to tackle the walls, though, we first had to climb into what looked like safety sumo pants. When clipped onto the ropes of your chosen obstacle, your pants would stop you from falling. With only one way to test them (and practice clipping ourselves in and out), we were sent to the top and told to just let go...Let go...It took a few seconds for my brain to let me do this but I quickly felt the mechanism take my weight and ease me to the ground.
I was ready for Climbercise. Or so I thought, the class was tough! After practicing scaling the walls a few times, my arms and legs were like jelly but they were being told to tackle push-ups and squat holds and dreaded burpees. We'd been paired up and instructed to go through the exercises as our partner scaled the wall. A few weeks of this and you'll be spiderman-ing up each wall with your fingertips.
With only a few minutes left of the class, it was only my slight competitive nature that got my wibbly limbs to even attempt a race up one of the more difficult climbs – a double-sided upturned bouncy castle. As soon as my opposition made a move the wall would sway, making my grip on the plastic handles slip even more. Wedging my feet in between each mound of the inflatable helped me progress to half way but my exhausted arms suddenly got vertigo and refused to go any higher. The perfect excuse to go back and have another go!