Sport climbing is making its debut in the 2021 Olympics!

For the first time in Olympic history, climbing has been added to the lineup of athletic events! And while gymnastics, swimming, and track and field all hold near and dear to our hearts as some of the most anticipated sports to watch, following the Olympics is the best way to discover — or rekindle — a new athletic hobby.

Because of the draw that the Olympics have in terms of viewers, the Olympic Bump is a real thing, and as a climbing gym owner or a climber yourself, you may see the interest in this sport skyrocket!

What does the future hold for climbing? Dive into this discussion with Impact Climbing in today’s post.

Kid climbing a green wall with black holds.

The Inspiration

The Olympics will shine a light on the sport of climbing, bringing an awareness to the sport that perhaps hasn’t ever been hyped in this way — this is a pretty incredible moment for climbing!

People of all ages will be inspired watching greatness like Alannah Yip and Sean McColl represent Canada, which will likely mean an uptick in climbing gym memberships — when there’s inspiration, people will seek a gym to try climbing out or even reinvigorate their long lost passion for the sport!

Supporting The Climbing Community

With the inception of climbing on the horizon, this is the perfect opportunity as a gym owner to promote climbing, even before the big surge! This is a great way to connect with people and host a climbing watch party or even an Olympic-inspired climbing competition.

People looking at a top rope route.

Welcoming New Climbing Enthusiasts

Walking into a climbing gym for the first time can be quite overwhelming, so as a gym owner, start thinking ahead about how you can help new people fall in love with the sport just like you did.

Consider ramping up and offering new introduction courses, or offer a tailored package for new climbers that includes helpful things such as a tour and staff introduction, how to stay safe, and the various classes and resources your climbing gym provides.

As a seasoned climber, this is also a great opportunity to help people out at the gym. If someone looks lost or like they need some help, make it a point to reach out and connect.

Kids climbing top rope.

Turning Your Vision Into A Reality

Perhaps you’re already a climbing gym owner and you’re looking to expand or update your space, or perhaps you have a dream to build a beautiful, state-of-the-art climbing facility. Wherever you’re at in the process, Impact Climbing can turn those dreams into a reality!

From climbing walls and playground boulders, handle this Olympic Bump with Impact Climbing!

Watch as the sport of climbing blossoms with its debut in Tokyo and the millions of new eyes witnessing this exciting sport for the first time.

Prepare with Impact Climbing today!

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Climbers have roamed the earth for thousands of years but a new vertical age has taken hold over the last few years. Indoor climbing is reaching new heights, and we don’t just mean walls.

Indoor climbing in North America has grown to a 700 million dollar industry in the last five years alone. Transforming from avant-garde industrial warehouses at the fringe of civilization, to bright, air-conditioned fitness destinations, it looks like gym trends are only going up. In 2018, 450+ gyms opened in the USA alone.

Why Indoor Climbing?

One of the great advantages of indoor climbing is convenience. Facilities are nestled into the heart of city spaces like Top Rock, Junction Climbing or Climber’s Rock. Other gyms provide suburban towns a hub for health conscious action, like Aspire Climbing in Milton, Alt Rock in Barrie, and even Boulder Bear in Thunder Bay. A climbing trip is a short walk or drive to the gym - instead of a weekend adventure with hours of hiking in to crags. As long as our culture values challenging, invigorating workouts, climbing gyms will be in high demand.

What does this mean for Canadian Businesses?

Right now there’s over 30 indoor climbing gyms in Ontario alone, with another 5 scheduled to open by 2020. Even still, on a weeknight evening, you’ll find them packed with adults fascinated with the most exhilarating, versatile workout around. Many facilities are pairing climbing with yoga studios or ninja parks - to make theirs a one stop shop for fun.

How can YOU get on board?

Opening a climbing gym might just be the perfect marriage between athlete and entrepreneur: an opportunity to build your very own vertical playground in a highly profitable, ever growing industry. To learn more about the investment, options and potential next steps of building your own sustainable climbing gym mode, visit:

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Updated: Jul 5, 2019

Climbing has taken 2019 by storm, but it’s so much more than the newest fad. Rock climbing is a physically demanding sport combining commitment, problem solving, endurance, agility, balance and mental control.

While running, cycling, or even cross-fit workouts teach the body to perform consistent, repetitive motions – building strength and increasing cardio – climbing combines those with versatility. Skills easily transferred into other components of wellness.

Studies have shown climbing increases mindfulness and provides an immediate sense of accomplishment, which many find useful to keep them coming back. Individuals who haven’t exercised for most of their life and are trying to incorporate it in their twenties, thirties or forties, find it difficult to see fast results through running or cycling. That can foster discouragement and push individuals to give up. Recent studies found that activities such as climbing – incorporating balance, muscle coordination and spatial orientation – can actually improve brain functions such as memory, alertness, and focus.

Climbing is even being used to treat depression and some doctors are encouraging their patients to try it to push through fear and boost low self esteem linked to anxiety and PTSD. The best part? Pretty much anyone can try it as climbing routes come in many grades of difficulty. Whether you are the average joe looking to try a fun activity, or an athlete wanting something more out of training, climbing is for everyone.

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