Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Boulder's Newest Gym Unites Climbing And Fitness

“Boulder climbers may never have to go outside again. The city's third major indoor rock-climbing gym, Movement Climbing and Fitness, is set to open July 25 at 2845 Valmont Road, just two blocks north of the Boulder Rock Club. The 22,000-square-foot complex will be home to the city's tallest roped climbing wall, at 40 feet, and will offer a total of 17,500 square feet of climbing surface area. But co-owners Mike and Anne Worley Moelter stress that Movement isn't just a big rock wall. It will also feature yoga and spinning studios, plus a complete line of Technogym cardio and weight equipment. And a 25-person staff will provide fitness instruction, climbing coaching and childcare. ‘We wanted to make a place for people of all levels of fitness, from professional athlete to beginner, to come,’ Anne Worley Moelter said. ‘Not just climbers, but anybody.’ The Moelters, who have 25 years of combined climbing experience, have both served as directors of USA Clilmbing and worked at Boulder Rock Club and The Spot Bouldering Gym. In designing Movement, they traveled to an estimated 80 gyms domestically and internationally. ’We got to cherry-pick the things we liked from all those gyms, and put them into ours,’ Mike Moelter said. Movement will be the first climbing gym in Boulder to build walls high enough to host competitions through the International Federation of Sport Climbing.


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