Movement Climbing and Fitness, 2845 Valmont Road, Boulder, 303-443-1505, movementboulder.com
Instructor: Bobby Moelter, of Boulder, the fitness director at Movement Climbing. Moelter studied exercise science and has been a personal trainer certified through the National Council on Strength and Fitness for about eight years.
Movement started this class when it opened as a way to "get in, get worked and get out," as Moelter puts it. It is designed not only for climbers but also as a general fitness offering.
This month marks Movement's fifth anniversary, and the climbing studio is gearing up to open a Denver branch.
What is the workout? I took two 30-minute classes back-to-back, but you can pick just one or do both. Most people do both. Two extra students popped in just for the core class. My cardio class had 10 students, and my core class had 12. The Monday night classes are often twice that size.
We started with Blast Circuit, a fast-paced, 30-minute, strength-building circuit that also gets your heart rate way up. Participants go through a series of different circuits using equipment, such as box jumps and pull-ups on rings, for 30 to 40 seconds at each station, with a short 15 to 20 second "break" in between stations. Then repeat the whole circuit.
The class then goes right into Blast Core, a mat-based class designed to strengthen the whole core, including abs, obliques, glutes, hips and lower back.
What's different? "The quality in the time period," Moelter says.
I agree. This is a major workout in a short period of time.
The flexibility also makes these classes different. If you're short on time, just do one 30-minute class. Or just do the core class, if you want to have enough energy to climb or run later.
Cost: A one-time drop-in is $17 for a day pass (so you can take a class, go to work and come back and climb later). First-timers pay only $10. The classes are free to members.
Level: All levels. "I give you the structure, and you push yourself as hard as you want," Moelter says.
Still, the participants in my class were all very fit, even for Boulder. That made the class inspiring and motivational, so I left feeling like it was a nine on a 10-point intensity scale. That's pretty incredible for such a short class.
When: Class is an hour long, at 5:30 p.m. Monday; 5:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesday; 5:30 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. Friday; and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
I took the Friday class.
What to prepare: Wear exercise shoes and clothes. Bring water. All equipment provided.
Muscles worked:Full body. Circuit is cardio, too.
What I loved: Of all the 30-minute lunchtime classes I've taken, this cardio one is the most efficient and challenging. I could not have survived this class for a full hour, but I wouldn't need to. We wasted no time and pushed to the max the whole 30 minutes. It did exactly as promised.
I also appreciated that all of the moves were basic (no crazy choreography). No gimmicks. Nothing we did was new to me, which made me feel comfortable, even though I was new and the class was challenging.
I also was impressed by how attentive Moelter was. At one point, I rubbed my left shoulder and he immediately noticed and asked if it was OK. It was such a small detail that few instructors would see.
What I didn't like: I felt acutely aware of the fact that I am not a climber. Although this class is open to anyone, even non-climbers, I felt a bit out of place. It might have been the comment from one of the participants about me wearing lipstick. I guess I did not look the part.
Still, the instructor was completely top-notch, highly organized and knowledgable.
is why I would return to this class again, and why I recommend it — whether you look like the stereotypical Boulder athlete or not. The class is solid, period.
How I felt after the class: Sweaty past the acceptable return-to-work-without-showering point. A shower after this class is not optional. My whole body felt worked, my energy was high and boy, I was hungry.
— Reported by Aimee Heckel.