UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. -- Women have a fun new way to stay fit and challenge themselves physically and mentally at the Gravity Vault, in Upper Saddle River.
The gym offers a fitness and climbing class geared for women who want to learn how to climb, improve their current climbing performance or simply try something beyond a typical gym routine.
The women's climbing and fitness class is run by personal trainer and American Mountain Guides Association climbing guide Anyssa Lucena of Montvale. It offers an alternative to routine gym workouts in a supportive, female environment.
"As someone who is easily bored by gym routines, I was looking for an activity that would help me get in shape and would hold my interest," said Kari Soloman. "I am so happy I found Anyssa's climbing class. She does a great job of teaching the fundamentals of climbing so it's not so intimidating at first."
New climbers will learn the basics of climbing including balance, footwork, basic climbing terminology and methodology. Intermediate and advance climbers work on technique through drills and coaching to help women reach their own personal next level of climbing, leading or even getting outdoors.
Participants also benefit from the fitness portion of the class, which involves a variety of strength-training routines, including weightlifting, kettlebell work and circuit training.
"It's mostly about community, Lucena said. "Women are looking for a tribe to join where they can challenge themselves in a non-competitive space. The fact that they get crazy strong and enjoy the climbing is almost a side effect of the strong camaraderie that these women create."
"Going from having no workout routine at all and not really enjoying traditional workouts, I have found a love of climbing through this class," said Diana, another student. "Without being militant or annoying, Anyssa challenges us every week and makes the workout actually fun and motivating."
Classes are Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. All gear is included. Class sizes are limited to eight participants per session, so preregistration is a must. Call 917-363-0640 or register here.
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