Ready for a serious workout that skips the pull-ups, push-ups and rows? Why not sweat it out on Allez Up‘s 16-foot boulders and 48-foot rock walls. Not only is climbing a high-intensity, full body workout (that makes you feel like 007), it’ll give you that adrenaline rush your bicep curls aren’t quite delivering.
Rock climbing is an extreme sport that offers a physical and technical challenge. While climbing can be one of the toughest workouts, it’s not all about strength. Good technique requires self-control, agility and flexibility (which means that the ladies can often outshine the muscly men.) But you don’t have to be an experienced climber to scale these walls. Allez Up’s route setters create climbing paths, called “problems,” for climbers of all levels. In fact, route setting is serious business at Allez Up. Each and every hold is carefully selected so that each problem allows climbers to explore different techniques and expand their repertoire of skills.
Allez Up’s new location is a sleek, modern architectural feat. Bordering the Lachine Canal, this one-of-a-kind indoor rock climbing facility was once the site and silos of the old Redpath sugar refinery. Leading the conversion project were Smith Vigeant Architectes, who maintained vestiges of the site’s industrial past by designing pure white and angular climbing wall formations to resemble sugar cliffs. (Sweet, right?) Massive windows were also strategically placed to allow natural light to saturate the space without letting the sun interfere with climbing.
Aside from traditional top-rope climbing, Allez Up offers bouldering, low-to-the-ground climbing without any gear (a good place to start for those with a fear of heights), as well as awesome courses designed to develop your skills and technique. A “Learn to Belay” course will teach you the knot-tying, belaying and climbing techniques you need to get accredited so that you can climb at any time. The best part? Allez Up opens up their outdoor walls during the summer so you can work on that tan while you get your spidey on.
A one-hour climb with an instructor costs $20, and you can rent climbing shoes on-site (highly recommended).
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