I have a whole Pinterest board filled up with work-out plans, diet ideas, and all kinds of crazy cute athletic clothes. Who wouldn’t pin a tank top with an adorable cat lifting dumbbells with the words “kitten my swole on?” I have enough Motivation Monday quotes to last me the whole week, and enough exercise cycle diagrams to make you tired just by reading them.
But with all the planning, more often than not, I find myself in energy-saver mode where I’m pressing play for another episode of Grey’s Anatomy with a Dorito bag in my hand. Honestly, crunches just aren’t exciting, and running does not release a suitable amount of endorphins to actually make me want to do it for fun. Working out has become monotonous, and I would even stretch to call it boring. My desire is to find something that would challenge me and make me feel more like a human again than a potato.
So, when I found Canyons Rock Climbing Gym, I was thrilled.
They are conveniently located in the hub of Frisco right off where Frisco Street meets Technology. Upon arriving, they go over all safety regulations, and give you a quick tutorial on how to belay someone. It was simple, effortless, and easy to grasp the concept. After the quick lesson, the arena is all yours with a variety of walls that offer a great experience for climbers of any level. Each route is labeled with its grade, or level of difficulty based upon degree of incline and technical challenges, so you get to pick and choose how much you want to push yourself.
Along with their routes they have a bouldering wall that was built in the spring of 2014. This wall is about 15 feet tall and is to be scaled without a harness. At first, it was intimidating but it quickly became addicting.
It’s kind of a “guess and check” process of figuring out what holds work for you and which don’t, and when you fail, or finish you get to drop into the cushy crash pads that feel like nothing less than a humungous fluffy pillow. Bouldering, as well as their 5 auto-belays, make it easy to get a great physically challenging work out even if you don’t have a buddy with you.
The walls aren’t all that Canyon has to offer. They have birthday party packages, summer camps starting in May, lock-ins, private climbing lessons, membership benefits, and even yoga classes. There is a lot of variety and opportunity for anyone to have an enjoyable experience.
Also, their rates are affordable! For $17.00 for adults and $12.00 for 12 year olds and younger, you get a day pass, which allows you to come and go as you please for that whole day. You would also need to purchase some necessary equipment such as the harness rental from $3.00, shoes for $5.00, or the gear packages for $6.00.
With their memberships, gear and classes are free, and you get to climb as much as you want. Teachers, police officers, college students, and home-schoolers have different discounts for memberships so if you are interested, check out their website and take a look at what is right for you.
There is so much that this place has to offer. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the environment is motivating and energy-pumping. It is so much better than running on a treadmill for an hour, or doing a 30-day push up challenge. So really… go check them out!
So here it is your excuse to buy that “fitspiration” t-shirt you found online, while you can still feel your fingers, because I can guarantee you will be feeling the process of progress in the morning. It’s time to say goodbye to the Doritos and hello to healthy as we pursue that rocking body we have always wanted while still having a fun time doing it.
7164 Technology Dr #202
Frisco, TX 75033