I hate working out. Really. Going to the gym takes the joy out of my life and I usually always find some excuse not to physically go. In an effort to lose weight and get healthier I decided to seek out a gym that not only had workout equipment but classes as well in an effort to learn better workout routines for women.
I’m a variety kind of gal and if I have options other then the treadmill and weights I am more apt to participate but I also enjoy finding other fun ways to get fit. Over the next few months, I plan to try out new workout options and share them with you! So if your like me and need more physical activity options then a traditional gym offers, these posts are for you!
Workout Variety: Indoor Rock Climbing
There are 2 main rock climbing gyms in the Portland area. One is Evo Rock + Fitness and the other is Salt Pump Climbing Co. Both offer day passes to those who don’t want to pay for a membership and have options for kids, since the kids were coming with us and both going to try out rock climbing for the first time. I decided to check out Salt Pump this time around.
The first thing that I noticed was how friendly the staff was. This was our first time ever doing any type of rock climbing and the staff was knowledgeable and helpful with any questions that we had. You have to pay for a day pass as well as equipment rental so this is not exactly a cheap way to get fit but it was actually really fun and a great physical activity for the kids. The facility itself offers many climbing walls as well as bouldering (climbing without ropes).
I will let you in on a little secret of mine: I am terrified of heights. So the idea of climbing straight up a wall that is 45 feet height didn’t exactly excite me. I will say though, after multiple attempts I was never going to make it to the top, at least not this time around so my fear of heights was unfounded.
After several attempts of attempting to maneuver the walls and cling to the small little “rocks” for dear life, I finally got the hang of it. You begin to find what works for you and the best paths to take. The best part about being a first timer is that there are multiple spots where you have the option of auto-belay. This means that you don’t have to know how to tie in or have someone with you while climbing.
I will say that we all had fun climbing! It started to become a challenge to see if we could get further then we did the lat time or find a different path to take. Once we became more comfortable with the auto-belay system, the kids especially, started to become more confident in what they were doing.
It was also a really good workout. My arms and legs were burning afterwards and I felt really tired (I am also probably not in the best shape to be rock climbing). In total we spent almost 2 hours there. It was great that not only was I getting a workout, but the kids were as well and they were having fun!
What fun ways are you trying to get not only yourself but your family fit? Have you ever tried indoor rock climbing before?