Yoga at the Crag
What could be a better compliment to world-class indoor climbing than world-class mind/body classes? Yea, we couldn’t think of anything either!
Climbing and yoga go hand in hand (or maybe hand over hand). Look no further than Übergrippen to satisfy your need to stretch, focus, meditate, strengthen, and lengthen with a variety of formats of yoga including flow, sculpt, yin, and basics. There will be no need for a separate membership to a yoga or barre studio. Übergrippen will have all your climbing, yoga, and fitness needs under one roof (for you and the entire family). To round out our mind/body program, we will offer pilates and barre to emphasize core strengthening and full body toning. Our yoga, pilates, and barre classes will be led by experienced instructors who are invested in the Central Park community. Our thoughtfully designed building provides an amazing space for every aspect of the climbing crag including, our mind/body room with 1100 square feet of bamboo flooring and a roll up doorway that opens to our outdoor garden and lawn area(yoga al fresco anyone?).
There is something for everybody on the mind/body schedule! A variety of classes will be offered throughout the day to help you maximize your time at the Crag. Climbers will appreciate Yoga For Climbers which will incorporate specific postures to counteract over usage of climbing muscles as well as meditation and breath work to help flex your “focus” muscles, so you can tap into those same skills while climbing during a difficult route. Maybe you’re the one family member who isn’t sure they want to climb but does want to work out. Your family membership will still be well used if you want excellent, effective quality mind/body instruction. Many classes will be offered with either child care or kids yoga classes happening simultaneously. Going above and beyond a typical gym or studio setting, our instructors will work together to offer seasonal themes meant to enhance your outdoor Colorado activities. Look for ski conditioning in the fall and ski recovery stretches throughout the ski season. We work hard, so we can play hard in Colorado and sometimes that means we need to recuperate with Yin Yoga, in which you’ll sink into deep long holding stretches designed to release muscular tension. Pilateswill provide an emphasis on core strengthening, an added benefit to any physical activity. Barre will bring a full body burn with no stress on the joints. If you like getting upside down and working out with a friend, Acro Yoga will be on the list for you! This weekly class is for everyone and will provide a playful experience for everyone regardless of your yoga skill level.
Workshops and special programs are on our radar for future mind/body experiences- partner yoga, adaptive yoga, ariel yoga, teen yoga anyone? The sky’s the limit and you get to help choose the flight pattern! We are excited to see our classes take shape and look forward to hearing feedback from you to keep our programming fresh, and effective.
Übergrippen offers climbing, high quality yoga, pilates, & barre classes, state of the art cardio machines, free weights, a super intense group exercise system, child care, a future cafe with taproom and many community building programs and workshops. Welcome to the new fun way to spend a day or an hour with your family in Central Park!
Using Climbing to Manage MS
That trip began a decades long obsession with climbing that took Jeff around the country and the world. However, the ability to scale routes in Spain, Cuba and Mexico was severely tested in 1999, when Jeff began to feel numbness in his feet and noticeable muscle fatigue. Concerned with his symptoms, Jeff visited a doctor, who ordered an MRI, revealing lesions on his brain and spinal cord, the telltale sign of Multiple Sclerosis. Within a few months, his body deteriorated, Jeff was bedridden.
Conventional treatments had little positive impact on Jeff’s MS, so with few options and against the medical establishment, he attempted to climb. “Those first days back on the wall were a huge struggle”, Jeff reflects, but over the following months, climbing helped reversed Jeff’s symptoms and he slowly regained his strength and coordination. Although climbing is not a proven treatment for MS, Jeff theorizes that climbing “stimulates neuroplasticity, not only is the exercise more difficult and intense than other pursuits, when you don’t want to fall the body and mind are pushed into overdrive, which has some unexplainable benefits.”
A newly formed partnership with German climbing company Edelrid will bring top quality technical gear for our members and guests to use. This includes rental harnesses, industry leading belay devices (check on the Jul2) and assistive brake device (the brand new Ohm coming out this fall), ropes, and more. In addition to offering our members and guests an incredible climbing experience, we will have some exclusive members only deals to purchase some great Edelrid gear during our Grand Opening next spring!
- Black Diamond
- La Sportiva
- Red Chili