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Anyone been Rock Climbing?

MizzRobin

I hear this is an intense workout. I was wondering if it is difficult for first timers or people who are not in the best of shape in terms of strength etc. Anyway, if you have been rock climbing in Toronto which places would you suggest to go to for beginners?
Jan 09, 2007 @ 11:05 am

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artist

Rock Climbing in Toronto

Hi MizzRobin, I have never been rock climbing, however, a girl in one of my school seminars did a presentation and is a pro at it.
She started here, at the Toronto Rock Climbing Academy on 100a Broadview Ave
http://www.climbingacademy.com/

The best times to go are in the morning, because by 5pm it gets really busy!
Me personally I have never tried it, but it looks fun and like an awesome workout!
Jan 09, 2007 @ 04:33 pm
MizzRobin

Thanks for the link

Thanks for the feedback! You should try it sometime. If I have a terrible time with it I will let you know. I have also heard of Joe Rockheads but I am not sure if that is good for beginners or not.
Jan 09, 2007 @ 04:46 pm
Ali de Bold

I've always wanted to try

Alex promised to take me while we were dating and well, it hasn't happened yet. Keep us posted, I'd love to try it too!
Jan 09, 2007 @ 07:22 pm
MizzRobin

In the Spring..

was planning on trying it in the Spring, will let you know how it goes! Meanwhile if anyone else has suggestions on place to try rock climbing, let me know! Thanks!
Jan 11, 2007 @ 10:36 am
Paris

Trying Climbing...

Hi there, just wanted to chime in about rock climbing...I went for the first time about 3 years ago and loved it (I don't do it anymore b/c I found better excercises that suit my needs and what I like to do) but it is a lot of fun and if you are the adventurous time, it can be taken around the world! You can start out on the lower rocks, there is a line that goes horizontally across the wall at like 8 or 12 feet, and you can climb up it sans rope and gear. There area also other places that have tunnels and smaller walls that are quite difficult, but that you don't use the ropes for becuase they aren't high up. The equipment isn't all that comfortable, but its definitely something you should try and see if it's for you. You can be all girly and cheat (like I did) and just climb on whatever rock fits your foot at the time, or you can advance and do the challenges that are color coded, and you only are "allowed" to use those rocks for that "course." A friend of mine goes weekly, and I have one at my gym but I opt out for the spinning classes...they are more exhilirating to me! Hope you enjoy the climbing though and good luck!
Jan 12, 2007 @ 03:16 pm
MizzRobin

Thanks for the input!

Hey Paris, thanks for the input on climbing... I will definitely give it a try. I have not done any spinning either. Is that something that is difficult to get into for the first time as well? As you can tell I am just looking for more interesting ways to get active and in shape!
Jan 19, 2007 @ 02:16 pm
Paris

Spinning for the first...

Well, I think it really depends on your level of exercise and what goals you want to accomplish. I loathe aerobics classes (save for washboard abs!!) but spinning I go to every other day and love it. Actually I was going twice a day every other day (adding to a grand total of 7 classes per week, ouch!) but I lost the weight I wanted to (a bit too much actually) and got incredibly muscular and toned legs. However when I was first starting out...I hated it! First few classes weren't bad, but then it just got exhausting. But I stuck with it and I'm back to loving it agian. Going on 11 months of Spinning now, and I don't miss a day. Even when I go out of town for a few days, I always call ahead to gyms to find the best place for a class! But I went home for the holidays and got my Mom a membership to get her into the classes, and she loved it at first but now she's done with it and went on to Strip Tease Aerobics. I think you just will go through a "I love it/now I hate it" phase, but if you want results, then stick with it and it will eventually find a place in your heart once again lol.
Jan 27, 2007 @ 01:04 pm
MizzRobin

That's a lot of spinning...

Wowee you spin A LOT! I wish! I heard it is a hard thing to get into from friends that do it. They also go through the phases of disliking then liking it and back and forth. Perhaps I will give it a try... I think I will try rockclimbing first. I already do the Striptease and Pole classes with Flirty Girl Fitness! :o) Thanks for the input on spinning!
Jan 28, 2007 @ 09:16 pm
spotty

I climb all the time

Hey MizzRobin! I know this is a super old thread (I felt like digging up some old ones to get some chatter up), but I climb ALL THE TIME! I'm in the gym at least 2 times a week. I've been climbing, indoors and outdoors, since 1997. If you tried it already and decide you like it, I promise you you will see results, but you have to be persistent.

Contrary to popular thought, climbing is NOT all about the arms. Climbing is a full body workout, especially for your core muscles. The only thing it lacks is a cardio component, so it has to be supplemented w/ something else ... Paris recommends spinning, for me I ride my mountain and road bikes all the time.

I wish I lived near you b/c I would totally take you to the gym and show you the ropes (har!). But if you ever need any advice or tips or etc ... just let me know! :-) Climb on!
Jul 06, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

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