Choosing the Right Climbing Gym
There are many climbing gyms across the country at various locations. Are they different? Which one is right for you? If you’re asking these questions – here’s how you can choose the right gym to work on your climbing abilities. All you need to know is what to look for.
First of all, you want to choose a climbing gym that’s easily accessible and close to where you live. Consistent training is the key to good climbing. If you pick a gym that’s far from where you stay, you probably won’t end up going as often as you’d like. Find a gym with excellent route quality as this is critical to your indoor climbing experience. Good route setters are not easy to find, and bad ones can set routes that may cause injuries. Good route setting with proper grade & consistency is very important as it makes you think, and doesn’t encourage injury.
Your gym should match your attitude. Some gyms attract only elite climbers that flash 12’s and beyond. Other gyms cater to kids and corporate programs and may have really tiny walls and only a few routes, that don’t really challenge you as you advance. The right gym will be the one that you feel comfortable in, allowing you to hook up with other climbers of similar skill and experience and offering plenty of challenging routes in your range.
Look for a gym that has warm-up equipment and a proper bouldering area. The higher the walls, the better the pump and good gyms have 25-foot or higher walls. If the routes feel way too hard or easy for the grade, or if they’re consistently awkward or “tweaky,” you should choose a different gym. Rock Climbing is a physically demanding activity that could result in serious injury. You must seek appropriate climbing equipment and training before undertaking this activity.
You should also make sure you select a gym that features flexible pricing, or an off-hours punch card that offers discounted rates during less crowded times. Other price features could include auto debit discounts, student deals, and discounted annual gym membership. This is just good common sense. Ask beforehand if there is a way to suspend your membership for a period of time. Most gyms will let you do this for a small fee.
Look around, shop a little and pick the climbing gym that is perfect for you!