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Published Tuesday Jan 07, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Indoor Climbing: What to Know Before You Go

Fitness
Motivation
Expert Advice

Indoor climbing is all the rage, but stepping into the gym for the first time may seem a little daunting. We’re here to tell you everything you need to know before losing your IC card (indoor climbing, if you didn’t get that). 

Bring Socks

If you don’t have your own climbing shoes, that’s okay. Just be sure to bring a pair of socks with you. You’ll be able to rent shoes, and trust us, you won’t want to go sockless. When you’re done, spray the shoes with some Lysol and throw in a dryer sheet to keep them fresh for the next person. (These are usually provided in the shoe area).

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Bring Socks

If you don’t have your own climbing shoes, that’s okay. Just be sure to bring a pair of socks with you. You’ll be able to rent shoes, and trust us, you won’t want to go sockless. When you’re done, spray the shoes with some Lysol and throw in a dryer sheet to keep them fresh for the next person. (These are usually provided in the shoe area).

Look for ropes (or not).

Some indoor climbing gyms have ropes to help you climb—this is called top-roping. Others have no ropes at all and padded floors beneath the walls—this is called bouldering. If you’re not sure what you’d prefer, find a gym that has both!

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Look for ropes (or not).

Some indoor climbing gyms have ropes to help you climb—this is called top-roping. Others have no ropes at all and padded floors beneath the walls—this is called bouldering. If you’re not sure what you’d prefer, find a gym that has both!

Use chalk.

You might notice that white, powdery stuff all over the place—that’s chalk. Chalk can help protect the skin on your fingers from getting blisters from the rocks and keep you from slipping when your hands get sweaty. All gyms have chalk you can use, either for rent or purchase. Note: if there’s an unwatched bag on the floor somewhere, it probably belongs to someone. They might be willing to share, but ask before you dip your fingers in!

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Use chalk.

You might notice that white, powdery stuff all over the place—that’s chalk. Chalk can help protect the skin on your fingers from getting blisters from the rocks and keep you from slipping when your hands get sweaty. All gyms have chalk you can use, either for rent or purchase. Note: if there’s an unwatched bag on the floor somewhere, it probably belongs to someone. They might be willing to share, but ask before you dip your fingers in!

Stay in your lane.

As you’re climbing, make sure you stick to rocks that are all the same color. Routes are color-coded so you know which ones to grab onto and which way to go. You can boost yourself up using any surface (like volumes—those raised blocks on the wall), but don’t grab any rocks that aren’t the color of your route. Once you’ve made it to the top, feel free to use any color to get down—or just jump!

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Stay in your lane.

As you’re climbing, make sure you stick to rocks that are all the same color. Routes are color-coded so you know which ones to grab onto and which way to go. You can boost yourself up using any surface (like volumes—those raised blocks on the wall), but don’t grab any rocks that aren’t the color of your route. Once you’ve made it to the top, feel free to use any color to get down—or just jump!

Check the difficulty.

Usually, there will be signs posted that describe the range of difficulty for each route. Keep your eye out and choose beginner paths to start until you get the hang of it. Routes are graded using the V scale, a 0-17 range that shows how hard the climb will be. Start with a V0 or V1 and work your way up!

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Check the difficulty.

Usually, there will be signs posted that describe the range of difficulty for each route. Keep your eye out and choose beginner paths to start until you get the hang of it. Routes are graded using the V scale, a 0-17 range that shows how hard the climb will be. Start with a V0 or V1 and work your way up!

Know where to start.

There will usually be a tag on the first hold(s) of each route to mark where you should place your hands. Starting hand positions are important and usually marked with colored tape or a small tag. If you’re unsure, ask someone next to you for help—they won’t bite. It doesn’t matter where your feet are placed when you start, as long as they’re off the ground.

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Know where to start.

There will usually be a tag on the first hold(s) of each route to mark where you should place your hands. Starting hand positions are important and usually marked with colored tape or a small tag. If you’re unsure, ask someone next to you for help—they won’t bite. It doesn’t matter where your feet are placed when you start, as long as they’re off the ground.

Tuck and roll.

If you’re bouldering, know you’ll probably fall. Don’t worry, the floors are padded, so it won’t hurt. When you fall, try to land in a way that protects your joints. Relax and let yourself roll back onto your butt, so you don’t land on locked knees.

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Tuck and roll.

If you’re bouldering, know you’ll probably fall. Don’t worry, the floors are padded, so it won’t hurt. When you fall, try to land in a way that protects your joints. Relax and let yourself roll back onto your butt, so you don’t land on locked knees.

Keep your distance.

Be respectful, and don’t climb too close to other people. There’s nothing worse than an accidental hand-hold six feet in the air. Also, look up! Don’t walk under anyone who’s climbing. They could fall at any minute, and you don’t want to get hit.

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Keep your distance.

Be respectful, and don’t climb too close to other people. There’s nothing worse than an accidental hand-hold six feet in the air. Also, look up! Don’t walk under anyone who’s climbing. They could fall at any minute, and you don’t want to get hit.

Have fun!

The first time at anything can be pretty scary—especially if you’re climbing up a 15-foot wall with no ropes. Remember that everyone there was once in your shoes (maybe literally), and they’ll probably be willing to share some tips and encouragement. So hang in there—or don’t, the floor is padded.

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Have fun!

The first time at anything can be pretty scary—especially if you’re climbing up a 15-foot wall with no ropes. Remember that everyone there was once in your shoes (maybe literally), and they’ll probably be willing to share some tips and encouragement. So hang in there—or don’t, the floor is padded.

Sara Lesher About the Author Headshot
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As MINDBODY’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Fitness
Published Thursday Jan 16, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Grammy-Nominee Inspired Playlists to Fit Any Workout

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Motivation
Cardio

If you’re trying to craft the perfect workout playlist, you should choose songs that have BPMs (beats per minute) similar to your heart rate during that workout. We used this handy BPM tool to curate four playlists of songs from our favorite Grammy-nominees to fit into your exercise routine!

For your stretching and warm-up... 

While you’re stretching, stick to songs with a slower BPM and work your way up to higher ones for your warm-up. We’ve made it simple—just turn off shuffle-mode and start listening!

1.    Bad Idea – YBN Cordae ft. Chance the Rapper
       (82 BPM)
2.    This Land – Gary Clark Jr. (82 BPM)
3.    Higher – DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John
       Legend (84 BPM)
4.    You Need To Calm Down – Taylor Swift
       (85 BPM)
5.    Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee (90 BPM)
6.    No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake (93 BPM)
7.    11 PM – Maluma (96 BPM)
8.    Ballin – Mustard ft. Roddy Ricch (97 BPM)
9.    History Repeats – Brittany Howard (98 BPM)
10.   MALAMENTE - Cap.1: Augurio – Rosalía 
        (98 BPM)
11.   Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi 
        (110 BPM)
12.   Señorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 
        (117 BPM) 
13.   Underwater – RÜFÜS DU SOL (118 BPM)
14.   Down Bad – Dreamville ft. JID, Bas, J. Cole, 
        EARTHGANG & Young Nudy (121 BPM)
15.   Linked – Bonobo (122 BPM)

          LISTEN NOW
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For your stretching and warm-up... 

While you’re stretching, stick to songs with a slower BPM and work your way up to higher ones for your warm-up. We’ve made it simple—just turn off shuffle-mode and start listening!

1.    Bad Idea – YBN Cordae ft. Chance the Rapper
       (82 BPM)
2.    This Land – Gary Clark Jr. (82 BPM)
3.    Higher – DJ Khaled ft. Nipsey Hussle & John
       Legend (84 BPM)
4.    You Need To Calm Down – Taylor Swift
       (85 BPM)
5.    Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee (90 BPM)
6.    No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake (93 BPM)
7.    11 PM – Maluma (96 BPM)
8.    Ballin – Mustard ft. Roddy Ricch (97 BPM)
9.    History Repeats – Brittany Howard (98 BPM)
10.   MALAMENTE - Cap.1: Augurio – Rosalía 
        (98 BPM)
11.   Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi 
        (110 BPM)
12.   Señorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 
        (117 BPM) 
13.   Underwater – RÜFÜS DU SOL (118 BPM)
14.   Down Bad – Dreamville ft. JID, Bas, J. Cole, 
        EARTHGANG & Young Nudy (121 BPM)
15.   Linked – Bonobo (122 BPM)

          LISTEN NOW
For your strength training… 

This is the playlist you’ll want to jam to during any of your strength training exercises (think HIIT, weightlifting, core, etc.). WARNING: #12 may be stuck in your head for the remainder of your day.

1.    Racks in the Middle – Nipsey Hussle ft 
       Roddy Richh & Hit-Boy (79 BPM)  
2.    Pretty Waste – Bones UK (94 BPM)  
3.    The London – Young Thug ft. J. Cole & 
       Travis Scott (98 BPM)  
4.    Drip Too Hard – Lil Baby & Gunna 
       (113 BPM)  
5.    Exactly How I Feel – Lizzo ft. Gucci 
       Mane (113 BPM)  
6.    Piece of Your Heart – MEDUZA ft. 
       Goodboys (124 BPM)  
7.    Middle Child – J. Cole (124 BPM) 
8.    Got to Keep On – The Chemical Brothers 
       (125 BPM) 
9.    Midnight Hour – Skrillex, Boys Noize & Ty 
       Dolla $ign (126 BPM) 
10.  Woman – Karen O & Danger Mouse 
       (126 BPM) 
11.   NI BIEN NI MAL – Bad Bunny (128 BPM) 
12.   Old Town Road – Lil Naz X & Billy Ray 
        Cyrus (136 BPM)  
13.   Talk – Khalid ft. Disclosure (136 BPM) 
14.   God’s Country – Blake Shelton (140 BPM) 
15.   Too Bad – Rival Sons (145 BPM) 

          GET PUMPING
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For your strength training… 

This is the playlist you’ll want to jam to during any of your strength training exercises (think HIIT, weightlifting, core, etc.). WARNING: #12 may be stuck in your head for the remainder of your day.

1.    Racks in the Middle – Nipsey Hussle ft 
       Roddy Richh & Hit-Boy (79 BPM)  
2.    Pretty Waste – Bones UK (94 BPM)  
3.    The London – Young Thug ft. J. Cole & 
       Travis Scott (98 BPM)  
4.    Drip Too Hard – Lil Baby & Gunna 
       (113 BPM)  
5.    Exactly How I Feel – Lizzo ft. Gucci 
       Mane (113 BPM)  
6.    Piece of Your Heart – MEDUZA ft. 
       Goodboys (124 BPM)  
7.    Middle Child – J. Cole (124 BPM) 
8.    Got to Keep On – The Chemical Brothers 
       (125 BPM) 
9.    Midnight Hour – Skrillex, Boys Noize & Ty 
       Dolla $ign (126 BPM) 
10.  Woman – Karen O & Danger Mouse 
       (126 BPM) 
11.   NI BIEN NI MAL – Bad Bunny (128 BPM) 
12.   Old Town Road – Lil Naz X & Billy Ray 
        Cyrus (136 BPM)  
13.   Talk – Khalid ft. Disclosure (136 BPM) 
14.   God’s Country – Blake Shelton (140 BPM) 
15.   Too Bad – Rival Sons (145 BPM) 

          GET PUMPING
For your cardio... 

Throw on your headphones and get pumped as you enjoy these catchy tunes. Stick to songs with BPMs under 150 for steady running and crank it up for more intense cardio like indoor cycling or sprinting. Careful, if you try to keep up with #15 on an indoor bike, you might fly away.

     1.    Sola – Luis Fonsi (125 BPM)  

     2.    bad guy – Billie Eilish (135 BPM) 

     3.    Speechless – Dan + Shay (136 BPM)  

     4.    Sucker – Jonas Brothers (138 BPM) 

     5.    7 rings – Ariana Grande (140 BPM) 

     6.    Clout – Offset ft. Cardi B (140 BPM) 

     7.    a lot – 21 Savage ft. J. Cole (146 BPM) 

     8.    Panini – Lil Nas X (154 BPM)  

     9.    Truth Hurts – Lizzo (158 BPM) 

    10.   Hard Place – H.E.R. (160 BPM) 

    11.    It All Comes Out in the Wash – Miranda
            Lambert (164 BPM)  

    12.   Come Home – Anderson .Paak ft. André
            3000 (165 BPM)  

    13.   LA CANCIÓN – J Balvin & Bad
            Bunny (176 BPM) 

    14.   Give Yourself a Try – The 1975 (183 BPM) 

    15.   boyfriend – Ariana Grande & Social
            House (190 BPM)

               START SWEATIN'
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For your cardio... 

Throw on your headphones and get pumped as you enjoy these catchy tunes. Stick to songs with BPMs under 150 for steady running and crank it up for more intense cardio like indoor cycling or sprinting. Careful, if you try to keep up with #15 on an indoor bike, you might fly away.

     1.    Sola – Luis Fonsi (125 BPM)  

     2.    bad guy – Billie Eilish (135 BPM) 

     3.    Speechless – Dan + Shay (136 BPM)  

     4.    Sucker – Jonas Brothers (138 BPM) 

     5.    7 rings – Ariana Grande (140 BPM) 

     6.    Clout – Offset ft. Cardi B (140 BPM) 

     7.    a lot – 21 Savage ft. J. Cole (146 BPM) 

     8.    Panini – Lil Nas X (154 BPM)  

     9.    Truth Hurts – Lizzo (158 BPM) 

    10.   Hard Place – H.E.R. (160 BPM) 

    11.    It All Comes Out in the Wash – Miranda
            Lambert (164 BPM)  

    12.   Come Home – Anderson .Paak ft. André
            3000 (165 BPM)  

    13.   LA CANCIÓN – J Balvin & Bad
            Bunny (176 BPM) 

    14.   Give Yourself a Try – The 1975 (183 BPM) 

    15.   boyfriend – Ariana Grande & Social
            House (190 BPM)

               START SWEATIN'
For your recovery... 

After an intense sweat-sesh, you might want to listen to this one in order. This will help your heart rate gradually return to normal—and you get to end with T-Swift. 
 

1.    Hey, Ma – Bon Iver (144 BPM) 
2.    Always Remember Us This Way – Lady 
       Gaga (130 BPM) 
3.    Could’ve Been – H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller 
       (103 BPM) 
4.    Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend (98 BPM) 
5.    Faraway Look – Yola (83 BPM) 
6.    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde 
       (82 BPM) 
7.    SPIRIT (From Disney’s “The Lion King”) – 
       Beyonce (81 BPM) 
8.    Some Of It – Eric Church (80 BPM) 
9.    All Your'n – Tyler Childers (78 BPM) 
10.   Look at Me Now – Emily King (77 BPM) 
11.   LOVE AGAIN – Daniel Caesar & Brandy 
       (77 BPM) 
12.   Norman fucking Rockwell – Lana Del Rey 
       (77 BPM) 
13.   Say So – PJ Morton ft. JoJo (75 BPM) 
14.   Roll Some Mo – Lucky Daye (75 BPM) 
15.   Lover – Taylor Swift (60 BPM)


              SING YOUR HEART OUT

 

Don't know where to start with your fitness routine? Here's how to work out like your favorite Grammy artists!

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For your recovery... 

After an intense sweat-sesh, you might want to listen to this one in order. This will help your heart rate gradually return to normal—and you get to end with T-Swift. 
 

1.    Hey, Ma – Bon Iver (144 BPM) 
2.    Always Remember Us This Way – Lady 
       Gaga (130 BPM) 
3.    Could’ve Been – H.E.R. ft. Bryson Tiller 
       (103 BPM) 
4.    Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend (98 BPM) 
5.    Faraway Look – Yola (83 BPM) 
6.    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde 
       (82 BPM) 
7.    SPIRIT (From Disney’s “The Lion King”) – 
       Beyonce (81 BPM) 
8.    Some Of It – Eric Church (80 BPM) 
9.    All Your'n – Tyler Childers (78 BPM) 
10.   Look at Me Now – Emily King (77 BPM) 
11.   LOVE AGAIN – Daniel Caesar & Brandy 
       (77 BPM) 
12.   Norman fucking Rockwell – Lana Del Rey 
       (77 BPM) 
13.   Say So – PJ Morton ft. JoJo (75 BPM) 
14.   Roll Some Mo – Lucky Daye (75 BPM) 
15.   Lover – Taylor Swift (60 BPM)


              SING YOUR HEART OUT

 

Don't know where to start with your fitness routine? Here's how to work out like your favorite Grammy artists!

Sara Lesher About the Author Headshot
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As MINDBODY’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).