Don’t go to the mall…hit the wall! Right after you’ve had your third round of Thanksgiving dinner, and just before the relatives drive you crazy here’s a place to find some relief during the holidays. This one will have you climbing the walls, but in a good way. Indoor rock climbing at Atlanta Rocks http://www.atlantarocks.com is something different to do without traveling far. The indoor rock facility is 12,000 square feet of professionally designed, crazy cool climbing surface. It offers challenging routes for everyone from beginners to more experienced climbers and classes for those who want to learn techniques. They also have “bouldering” for climbs without a rope usually for shorter heights. The combination of various challenges is meticulously laid out to give options for every fitness level.
Located on the west side of Buckhead in Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Rocks has been around for nearly 20 years and there is no experience or reservations needed. It is one of the oldest indoor climbing facilities in the South, but what keeps people coming back is their customer service. General Manager, David Turrentine heads up a friendly staff of safety conscious people who are all in when it comes to climbing. Knowledgeable and genuinely enthusiastic, they make sure each patron gets the experience that fits their personal needs. Turrentine is also an out of the box thinker when it comes to providing an alternative entertainment facility for his customers. Atlanta Rocks has something for everyone on different nights of the week.
– Ladies Night – the first Monday of the month
– Two for One Tuesdays – on the first Tuesday of every month
– Family Day Wednesday – every Wednesday
– “Power Lunch” – from 11am -2pm Monday – Friday
– “School of Rocks” – After school programs for children
– “Rockin on the Rocks” – appearances from area bands providing live music
The perfect holiday hangout, Atlanta Rocks also welcomes special events throughout the year. They do sleepovers, birthday parties and even camps for organizations looking for the opportunity to do teambuilding and leadership exercises with their members. It is a sports venue that provides a place for bonding with family or friends, fun on a date or even an alternative spot to meet someone. The fitness element is there and works for a quick cardio fix or just clearing your mind from the stress of the day. The advantages of the sport are endless and gratifying to most who take part. Atlanta native and Atlanta Rocks staffer, Patrick McCann credits climbing with saving his life. “I was overweight, depressed and didn’t have much to look forward to. I received an invitation to go climbing one day and was hooked.” The now healthy and active, 23 year old lost 40 pounds in two months and says it’s all because he fell in love with the sport. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNEwGVXmfkI&feature=em-share_video_user
Indoor climbing was mainly introduced in the early 80’s, but quickly grew and now has facilities popping up around the country. It offers an exciting way to shape up, but like any sport you want to be sure to warm up before you begin. There’s no experience necessary and you do what you can, taking it a little at a time. Before you begin, one of Turrentine’s staff members will gladly guide you through the basics. You put on a harness that works with the ropes already mounted on the wall. After that, a quick lesson on terminology, equipment and safety review you get to get the rush of going vertical.
Climbing will make you use almost every muscle in your body so, even though you feel like a kid again taking your time is recommended. You also want to back off from boasting about how you used to climb trees when you were a kid too. The sport will humble the best climbers in the beginning but by the end of the day it’s a rewarding workout that leaves you wanting more. After a few trips upward you begin to have a tremendous sense of accomplishment, and making it to the top gives you a feeling just short of conquering Everest! Well, maybe that’s a stretch but you can at least get a jump start on that New Year’s resolution to lose weight. It’s also the ultimate stress buster and way better than fighting for a parking space at that overcrowded outlet mall.
Remember, this is a sport you can do by yourself or with family and friends. Whining children, crazy roommates, pesky relatives, annoying friends and even spouses are all optional. The choice is yours. Climb over the hundreds of Christmas bargain shoppers or climb your way to some holiday happiness. Either way, the folks at Atlanta Rocks will be waiting for you.