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Introducing…Vital Climbing Gym

Introducing...Vital Climbing Gym

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Talk about putting the fun back into fitness! Vital Climbing Gym is a facility dedicated to the sport of Bouldering – a form of rock climbing done on large boulders (or indoors on artificial climbing walls) and without the use of ropes or harnesses as are used in top rope and lead climbing.

Here is how bouldering is described on Vital’s website:

Bouldering is one of the main styles of climbing. It is done low enough to the ground that the only safety equipment needed is a pad to land on. Free from the need of specialized knowledge or equipment, Bouldering is a beautifully simple style of climbing. It is inherently the most social way to climb because friends can gather around to watch and encourage one another. It is also one of the few styles of climbing that can be done alone. Bouldering is a popular way to train for roped climbing because it allows climbers to repeatedly attempt moves which are at the limit of their skill and strength.

I stumbled across Vital while researching independent gyms in my area and thought that it looked like a really cool place to check out. My only experience with rock climbing prior to visiting Vital had been with climbing up small boulders while hiking as a child, and the artificial rock wall at Pump It Up in Murrieta.

So when the manager at Vital, Luis, welcomed me to check out the place, I was pretty excited. I scheduled a time to visit the gym and got the grand tour, including the chance to try my hand at a couple of the routes.

1-photo (30)There are a wide variety of routes set along the walls all color coded and ranked according to difficulty.

I have to admit at first it was a bit intimidating and I was slightly nervous to try, but after observing a young boy scale a few of the climbs, I was ready to give it a shot.

Luis started me out by having me choose a beginner-level climb to get the feel for it and to get used to the special climbing shoes.

Then he let me choose a route to try out using their color coding system as a guide. The route I chose (I think) was rated at orange, which isn't very high on their difficulty scale, but I found it to be quite the challenge and was unable to complete the route in its entirety.

Climbing was a lot of fun, and though I only was there for a short while, it was a great workout! My back and shoulders were sore for a couple days after my visit. I imagine that climbing on a regular basis is a great way to build strength and flexibility and forces you to move your body and test your muscles in new ways.

Along with the climbing walls, Vital offers its members an area with strength training equipment which they will soon be expanding,  a very unique peg wall for climbing, and even a slackline.


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However, this facility offers much more than just a fun way to get and stay in top condition. Vital is most definitely built upon its community. Since bouldering doesn’t require the use of ropes and harnesses, Vital is able to be open to its members 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

It operates as a sort of co-op where members have access to the gym even after hours. The gym offers a place to hang out and visit with friends, lets you set up your own music to climb to, and even boasts its very own espresso bar!

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Many of the gym’s members meet regularly outside of Vital for outdoor bouldering trips, and the gym even hosts an annual camping trip. You can check out a cool video highlighting outdoor bouldering here at Luis’ blog.

Vital Climbing Gym offers a very affordable unlimited climbing membership at $35 a month, which also grants you 25% discounts on everything in the shop. They also offer lesson clinics Tuesdays and Fridays which run $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and have a youth climbing team that meets twice weekly. (Contact Vital for more information.)

You can get a day pass to check out the gym for $10, or come on a Monday dressed in Tie-Die and tights and receive half-off the regular day pass price.1-Vital Murrieta-171 Shadow Removed (2)

You can even come here to celebrate your birthday with a climbing party!

Whether you decide to become a full-fledged member, or just come for a one day visit, you are guaranteed to have a great time and challenge yourself physically in a whole new way.

If you really want to push your limits, you can sign up for their upcoming Competition that will be hosted at the Murrieta location on May 10th or just come by to cheer on your friends.

Competitors of all levels are invited to join in. There will be fun prizes for the winners and free tacos for everyone! (Register Here)

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Vital Climbing Gym currently has three locations and they are expanding, so if this sounds like the kind of place you want to belong to, head over to their website for more info.

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And if you decide to drop in over at the Murrieta location, tell Luis "Hi!" for me.
29990 Technology Drive
Suite 22
Murrieta, CA 92563

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