Climbing & Fitness Classes

ASCEND offers a wide range of climbing and fitness classes to help you achieve your goals and stay safe and injury free. These technique and skill focused classes are designed to introduce you to basic and advanced cross-training techniques, take your climbing to the next level, or teach and reinforce proper systems for improving your safety knowledge. Experienced staff will guide you through well-designed classes that will be physically and mentally engaging.

Class Descriptions

Our 30-60 minute classes vary by style and experience levels. Here’s a bit more on each class type.

Introduction to Bouldering (Beginners)

Take your newfound skills above and beyond the safety walkthrough that all customers must go through on their first day. This course will detail types of equipment, types of holds, useful techniques, climbing etiquette, and more! We will tailer this course as needed.

This class is free and there is maximum of 5 people per class. First come first serve and you must register at the front desk or call ahead.

Introduction to Auto-Belays (Beginners)

Want to learn how to climb with an auto-belay? This introductory course will teach you safely clip in and climb on your very first day. No need for a partner or previous experience.

This class is free and is offered throughout the day.

Introduction to Top-Roping (Beginners)

Want to learn how to climb on our top-roping wall? This introductory course will teach you how to tie your knots and how to belay so that you and your friends/family can enjoy roped climbing together.

There is maximum of 4 people per class. First come first serve and you must register at the front desk or call ahead. If our scheduled times don't work for you, just call to make a special reservation, but there must be at least 2 people in your party.

Peak Performance

30-60 minutes of high intensity cross training including barbells, kettlebells, and bodyweight to build strength, endurance, and overall fitness.

Base Camp

Introduction to cross training. Learn the foundations of strength, endurance, and fitness in a nonjudgemental environment.

Pillar Prehab

Build strong joints safely with intelligently programmed auxiliary exercises geared toward mobility and stability. Great compliment to any fitness routine.

Trainer Consultation

Fitness Staff is generally available to field any questions you may have Monday-Friday 5:30p-8:30p, Saturday & Sunday 10a-3p (when not busy instructing a class).

Intro to Hangboards

Have you been climbing regularly for more than two years? Are you trying to break into 5.11 or V4? Learn how to safely and effectively integrate hang board workouts into your climbing schedule.

Intro to Strength

Learn how to squat, deadlift, and bench as well as you climb! Casual paced and beginner driven - workouts that stand up to the test of time.

Advanced Rope Skills

Ready to take your skills outside? When climbing, safety comes first. This course is customizable and can be taught in multiple sections depending on the needs of the group. Topics that can be covered are: additional climbing knots, anchor building techniques, cleaning routes, rappelling, and common rescue scenarios. Register in advance to secure a spot in this limited availability course.

Not available yet.

ASCEND-Learn: Instructional Program for Climbers (All Abilities)

So you're now hooked on climbing and you want to learn how to improve? ASCEND-Learn is a weekly class that will offer a variety of rotating topics rooted in climbing fundamentals and technique. Topics include: topping out, route reading, technique (heel/toe hooking, drop knee), pushing grades, and more.

Not available yet.

Apex Abs (Core for Climbers)

Go beyond traditional sit-ups and planks with elevated core moves designed to help you stop cutting your feet on those steep overhangs.

Class Pricing

If you have Day Pass, Basic Membership, or 10-Punch Pass and you're interested in taking a Climbing or Fitness Class, just drop in for $6. Better yet, go get yourself a Premium Membership for unlimited climbing, yoga, and climbing and fitness classes, along with some pretty awesome perks.

Call or stop at the front desk to register - classes operate on a first come first serve basis, so get in early and feel great later.

Meet Your Instructors
Sara Middleton

A lifelong athlete with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, Sara has a passion for fitness and the outdoors, as well as providing a supportive and informational foundation for her clients. Her personal motivation within the world of fitness is the desire and discovery of being “more.” Be more fit. Lift more weight. Do more activities with your family and friends. The process of fitness and the discovery of “more” can propel an individual to be successful in and out of the gym. For Sara, climbing is an escape from typical gyms.

Brian Janaszek

Brian is a slightly above average climber who has been trying to get better for 20 years. If you've read about a climbing training program, he has probably tried it, starting with Dale Goddard's Performance Rock Climbing and running through Steve Bechtel's Climb Strong programs. He has always dreamed of training at the Sheffield School Room with Jerry Moffatt and Ben Moon. He believes that climbing is a high-skill sport (think tennis rather than weight lifting), and that climbers benefit from skill-specific training in addition to strength training.