Introducing the Greeley Climbing Collective

You probably already know about the brand new Longmont Climbing Collective facility on Ken Pratt Boulevard across from Sandstone Ranch that we're planning to open next summer. In case you haven't heard about that new and expanded world-class facility, you can read more about it here - https://www.longmontclimbingcollective.com/info/the-new-lcc/.

But that's not all we have planned for next year. Based on the incredible success we've had building a Longmont climbing community, LCC has decided to open a second location in Greeley, Colorado. We’ve signed an initial agreement for a property in Greeley and are just finalizing the designs to ensure that we can offer the same great service in both locations. Here's the most exciting part - your LCC membership will entitle you to train and climb in both locations! In Greeley, you can look forward to 10,000-15,000 feet of bouldering and rope climbing as well as most of the benefits that you're used to at LCC. These benefits include:

  • Fitness center
  • Yoga room
  • Locker room
  • Retail climbing shop
  • Adjustable training boards
  • Outdoor food truck venue
  • Partnership discounts with a variety of local favorites

While we're still formalizing the plans for Greeley, we already have a great design to renovate an existing building and we wanted to share this sneak peek with you.

We're still finalizing the design so if you've got ideas or suggestions, we'd love to hear them! We hope that you are as excited as we are to expand climbing opportunities on the Front Range. Thank you very much for your continued support.

Longmont Climbing Collective breaks ground on new gym

Written by Macie May of the Longmont Leader

The owners expect the new facility will open in the summer of 2023

Before the Longmont Climbing Collective took up its current home at 33 S. Pratt Pkwy, it faced a series of trials just to get started. While the owners predict life will continue to throw them curve balls, they took a moment to celebrate a momentous moment.

In 2008, the economics at the time prevented the six co-owners from getting a loan said Bryan Hylenski. A problem that was resolved by 2013.

At that point, a location was set, a loan secured and the business was all set to take off. Then the 2013 flood raged through the area, once again postponing the dream.

Through the hardships, the six owners never gave up hope and were rewarded when they were able to open the climbing facility on Pratt Parkway in 2018.

The current facility is 13,500 sq ft and primarily hosts an indoor bouldering gym.

Despite seeing part of the dream come true, Hylenski said his true dream has always been to open a full-service gym with rope and bouldering offerings.

On Monday, the crew, family and friends saw the first step to that coming to fruition. The Longmont Climbing Collective broke ground on a 24,000 sq ft gym.

“It’s been two years in the making … It’s been one of the hardest things we have ever had to do,” Hylenski said.

The new space is located on Pinnacle Avenue and Colo 119. It will feature 60- to 70-foot indoor climbing routes, speed climbing walls, sauna and hot tub, 800 square feet of designated training area, an outdoor patio for yoga and fitness classes, retail space, a cafe and a self-serve taproom.

Additionally, LCC is hoping to utilize its outdoor space for local events.

The project is estimated to take 10 months and the team is hoping for a June 1 opening to kick off a busy time of year.

For Helenski, the journey has been like climbing a new mountain, failing often but never giving up. For him and the crew, the mood of the day was excitement about their ascension of this particular mountain.

What is Yin Yoga?

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between Restorative and Yin Yoga? Have you looked at the yoga schedule and thought “hmmm, Yin Yoga, what is that?!” In considering classes for your yoga practice, you may stick with what you know, it’s comforting and you know what to expect. Totally understandable! Or maybe you choose Restorative versus Yin, because you’ve tried it before and you know that you finally just get to lay on the floor with lots of blankets, bolsters, and an eye pillow to close off the outside world. We need that, we do. Restorative Yoga is just that, a restoration of our nervous system. It gives you permission to slow down, relax, and let an internal healing take place. It helps you get out of the chronic stress loop. Yin yoga is actually very similar because it also helps us balance our energies in this very active Yang world.

We live in a world that wants everything fast, now, and readily available. The fast-paced media driven culture plants unnecessary expectations of how we should be achieving, doing, and producing at all times. There is no value in taking it slow, doing nothing, and making time to rest. We need down time to find harmony in our world, otherwise we risk burn out and overwhelm. Where Restorative Yoga helps your nervous system, Yin Yoga is about your energy flow and the deeper tissues of your physical body. Based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yin Yoga helps balance your very active Yang lifestyle.

Yin Yoga is slower and less active; Yang yoga such asVinyasa is faster and more active. In this gentler class, Yin Yoga focuses on the deeper “yin” tissues of your ligaments, joints, fascia, and even your bones. Yang classes such as Vinyasa focuses more on the “yang” tissues of your muscles, circulation of blood, and detox through the skin. In aYin class you will experience around 6-8 poses and they are primarily done seated and held for longer (3-5 minutes) to invoke greater control of the overactive mind and help balance your yang lifestyle. Yin tissues appreciate and require gentler pressures, applied for longer periods of time to be stimulated and regain strength and space, especially in your joints. Yin works withChinese Meridian Energy Lines, which are channels of life force energy through the body. In yoga, we call this prana travelling through the nadis, in Chinese it is called Chi, and in Japanese it is called Ki. The teacher may focus on one or more of these lines, applying pressure through the pose using blocks, blankets, or even a roller ball on acupressure points. In Ayurveda, these connections are called marma points.

With emphasis on certain energy lines, you will experience a feeling of rejuvenation to provide energy flow through the organs and release tension in the deeper parts of the fascia. Blocked and stagnant energy causes pain and tension, especially in the fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue holding and binding together your internal body structures. Scar tissue can be held here from physical trauma and tension could also exist within due to emotional trauma. Yin Yoga will release the tension in the fascia, which helps with pain management and emotional processing. Pain management and relief is so important in our chronically stressed world. Both Restorative and Yin Yoga are wonderful for slowing you down, allowing you space to relax and just be. If you are curious about trying a Yin Yoga class, join Sirena on Tuesdays and Amanda on Thursdays, both classes at 7:30 PM. Balance out your yang life and workouts with a slow down into the subtle body and energy system with a yin healing pace.

Written by Sirena Dudgeon.

Sirena is an experienced yoga teacher holding certifications as an E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and in Yin and Restorative Yoga. As the owner of Life Cycles Yoga she specializes in astrology and yoga, teaching workshops and holding training sessions at various national yoga conferences as a YACEP contributor for Yoga Alliance.

Sirena recently co-authored a yoga book on the spiritual aspect of intersecting various mystical and religious beliefs. She engages in a yoga practice that goes beyond the mat and connects deeply with her students, encouraging them to embrace their own practice for where they are in their life journey.

Longmont Climbing Collective Climbs to New Heights

Written by Ali May of the Longmont Leader

The climbing company hopes to break ground on its 24,000 square foot development designed by Lodestone Design Group at Pinnacle Avenue and C0 119 in the next few weeks.

The Longmont Climbing Collective, a local indoor bouldering gym started by three families, is planning a major expansion with one — possibly two — new locations. The upgrade will introduce rope climbing, a taproom and other fitness programs beyond climbing.

The climbing company hopes to break ground on its 24,000 square foot development designed by Lodestone Design Group at Pinnacle Avenue and Colo 119 in the next few weeks, said CEO and founder Bryan Hylenski. The facility was approved for construction by Longmont City Council in December 2021 after a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission. At this time, Hylenski said he's patiently waiting for a construction permit to break ground and aiming for a fall 2022 or winter 2023 opening date.

When the LCC, currently a roughly 13,500 square foot gym at 33 South Pratt Parkway, opened in 2018 it already planned on sizing up. Hylensk said he originally wanted a full-service gym with rope and bouldering offerings, but finding a large enough space and enough funding at the time wasn’t in the cards.

“There's really no buildings Longmont that have 50-foot high ceilings, so we knew we'd have to build one,” Hylenski said.

Bouldering, a type of rock climbing without ropes, is a lot lower than climbing on walls with ropes. After a few years of operating as a bouldering-only climbing gym, the LCC is ready to build the facility they envisioned.

The gym will sit on 12 acres of land with views of the Rockies. Its planned features include 60- to 70-foot indoor climbing routes, speed climbing walls, sauna and hot tub, 800 square feet of designated training area, an outdoor patio for yoga and fitness classes, retail space, a cafe and a self-serve taproom.

A 50-foot outdoor rock wall with an overhead roof will double as an event space. The LCC hopes its facility can be about more than fitness and also attract event and concert-goers, hosting gatherings and food trucks on its land.

“We're also going to have an outdoor wall that has a roof over it and it opens up to five acres of beautiful grass, farmland that has views of the mountains,” Hylenski said. “And so that will allow us to not only host events, but also just have an area where people can come with their dogs and kids and not be so compressed inside of a building where there's chalk in the air and people running around and on top of each other.”

Though there is a lot going on in the planned gym, LCC co-founder Mack Maier is looking forward to the most is the rope climbing.

“That's something that we've never had before and it's an offering that the community really wants. I personally really want it,” Maier said, adding he’s also excited to upgrade the fitness class space. “We've got a really small — it's really functional — but we have a really small fitness area and I'm really excited to get a much-improved fitness area.”

After the new LCC is built, Hylenski said, the current location will eventually close in the years following the opening. He added that they will move the bouldering walls to another Colorado city, letting the new LCC be its Longmont flagship. Though he can’t share details yet about the deal or what the real estate will be used for, Hylenksi said the climbing company is in the process of buying a building in Greeley.

Journey Through the Chakras

The Chakras – Decoded

Often in our Shri Yoga classes or workshops you may have heard your teachers talk about the chakras or energy centers. These wheels of energy can be utilized as a tool for optimizing both our physical and emotional wellness.  Chakra means wheel or disk in Sanskrit and refers to the energy centers that run the length of your spine from the base of your pelvis to the crown of your head.  Each chakras has their own symbol, color, area of the body and even elements that it affects and controls. To function at their best, your chakras need to stay open, or balanced. If they get blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra. Let’s see how we can decode these systems to help support our overall wellness, one energy center at a time.

First Chakra (Muladhara)

Element

Earth

Color

Dark Red like clay dirt

Physical Connection

Lower body legs and feet

Effect

Self-Preservation, family, tribe

In Balance

Healthy Prosperity security and dynamic presence


Second Chakra (Svadhistana) 

Element

Water 

Color

Deep, rich orange like the sunset

Physical Connection

Hips, pelvis, low back 

Effect

Emotions, Relationships with others

In Balance

We feel fulfilled, creatively empowered and are able to accept change.  


Third Chakra (Manipura) 

Element

Fire

Color

Bright yellow like the sun

Physical Connection

Solar plexus, abdomen, center.

Effect

Personal will, autonomy and our metabolism

In Balance

We feel energized, effective and standing in our personal power. 


Fourth Chakra (Anahata) 

Element

Air

Color

Green like new, spring grass

Physical Connection

Heart and chest

Effect

Love, compassion and forgiveness

In Balance

We are able to love deeply, feel compassion and have a deep sense of peace and centeredness. 


Fifth Chakra (Vishuddha) 

Element

Space

Color

Bright Blue, the color of the tropical ocean

Physical Connection

The area of the throat and voice

Effect

Our ability to communicate effectively and speak our own truth

In Balance

We are able to experience the world through vibration, sound and language.


Sixth Chakra (Ajna) 

Element

Light

Color

Indigo

Physical Connection

The eyes located in between our eye brows

Effect

This is connected to the act of seeing both physically and intuitively.

In Balance

We clearly see and perceive external and internal situations


Seventh Chakra (Sahasrara) 

Element

None – Beyond the elements

Color

Violet

Physical Connection

The top of the head and brain

Effect

This center integrates all six chakras below it and invites in a higher vibration to all

In Balance

This energy center brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding and spiritual connection.

Now that we have broken down each energy center into its parts, what do we do next?  How do we put this information into practice?  We use the tools of yoga movement, breath, sound and meditation to first access then balance these energies within us.

Join Shauna at Shri Yoga for a Journey Through the Chakras. 

Wednesday, May 11th from 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Sign up here

Breaking Beta Girl Scout Patch at LCC

“Hi my name is Terra Brubaker. I am a Cadette Girl Scout in troop #77915. For my Silver Award I created an indoor climbing patch program and requirements that can be completed at the Longmont Climbing Collective.

The name of the patch is “Breaking Beta.” In climbing jargon that means that you get the information you need to be successful in a climbing route. I am hoping girls get the information they need to feel successful and empowered to climb. I coordinated with one of the LCC owners to ensure trained climbing instructors from the LCC will help the girls complete the patch requirements.

I chose to create this patch because I was spending a lot of time at the climbing gym and not seeing many young girls there. I took many classes and learned how to feel confident climbing using the right techniques. I felt that if I created a program for girl scouts that introduced girls to climbing in a safe and fun way they might feel more successful at this sport.

The purpose for this patch is to get girls engaged with the sport of indoor climbing. Indoor climbing, successfully, can help girls excel in other activities that require balance, upper body strength and lower body strength. It helps girls get physically and mentally stronger as they move from one place to another on the wall.

The cost would be $25.00 per girl. With a minimum size group of 8-10 girls. Above ten girls the cost will be $50.00 because they need to add a second coach. The session will be 90 minutes. The girls will receive a patch at the end of the climbing session. I hope to attend a few of the girl scout sessions, if I am able, to help assist the LCC coaching staff. Contact the information of the flyer to set up the time and date your troop would like to attend at your convenience.”

– Terra Brubaker

Benefits of Indoor Climbing for Kids

Benefits of Indoor Climbing for Kids – There are more than you might think!

Are you searching for a type of activity for your kids that will help increase their confidence, problem solving skills, and you can even do it as a family?

Indoor rock climbing might just be the thing you’ve been searching for.

First, there are two types of climbing to be aware of.

  1. Rope Climbing: This type of climbing uses a harness and a rope.  The walls are typically higher and you will often need a belay partner to hold the rope while the climber scales the wall.
  2. Bouldering: This type of climbing has no ropes.  The walls are typically lower and the bouldering area is equipped with mats designed to support climbers as they come off the wall.

Climbing is an amazing activity for children that not only builds physical strength and fortitude but helps navigate mental challenges both on and off the wall.

Let’s explore some of the biggest benefits climbing can offer your kids.

1. Climbing builds confidence

No matter if you’re a kid or an adult, nothing boosts confidence and self-esteem quite like climbing. This is especially true if your child is afraid of heights, and battling these fears will provide the skills they need to overcome mental and physical struggles throughout life. Climbing teaches us persistence in the face of adversity.  Who doesn’t need a little more of that?

2. Climbing increases strength and flexibility

Because climbing is a full-body activity, it’s a great way to enhance overall physical fitness. Your child will exercise their core, legs, arms, and even the tiny muscles in their hands that provide some serious grip strength. Endurance is also a big part of climbing, especially as kids progress to longer and more technically difficult routes.

3. Climbing improves hand, foot, and eye coordination

Climbing is a full-body activity that incorporates every major muscle group and appendage. It also requires full body coordination and cross body patterning unlike any other sport. When your child climbs, they learn to evaluate the route and then determine how to move their body and use their hands, feet and core to reach the top.

4. Climbing enhances problem solving skills

Climbing is as much of a mental game as it is a physical feat.

As they climb more they’ll learn how to mentally map out the most efficient ways to navigate the holds. These problem solving and planning skills can easily transfer to everyday life.

5. Bouldering with friends and family.

Bouldering in particular is known to be a very social sport.  Since you can climb solo or in a group it opens the door to many different social styles.  It is wonderful to explore as a family.  Show your kids how physical fitness can be fun with a little family bonding on the side. It might be scary and intimidating at first, but with persistence and practice you’ll all be scaling walls in no time.

Field Trips

School group outing? Sports team gathering? No matter what the occasion, LCC is the place! With our indoor mezzanine or outdoor patio, we can accommodate your event for every season. We offer over 15,000 square feet of climbing space with climbs to challenge any level of climber from beginner to pro. Each field trip includes the use of LCC for up to 4 hours.

Cost:
$175 for up to 10 climbers (includes shoe rental)
$15 per climber after 10
$50 add-on to work with one of our expert climbing coaches for 1 hour.

* If you are scheduling for youth climbers, there must be a 5:1 adult to climber ratio for the field trip duration.

Contact LCC at [email protected] or call 720-340-3640to schedule your event today!

Summer training mindset

Here’s my perspective on summer training for 2021. Picture last year as a garden hose with a kink in it. Picture the water inside the hose as stuff to do. The hose was kinked, and all the stuff to do was stuck inside.

Then, right about the start of this summer, the hose finally unkinked. All the stuff to do rushed forth in a glorious deluge—traveling here, climbing there, camping over yonder, family visiting next weekend, friends coming in town the week after that. Sound familiar?

These days, the littlest thing seems wildly entertaining. I had a margarita in a bar last week and felt like a king in a castle. In a summer as unique as this one, even I am willing to admit that maybe training can take a backseat for a few weeks to allow us the time to catch up on what we’ve been missing.

But what about the progress we’ve made in our training since last spring? I’ve personally seen many people make amazing progress in their training during the last 18 months. I’ve seen people work hard and crack through to the next level. It would be a shame to have to re-do all of that work.

So on the one hand we have this real need to reengage with the world and the people in it, and that takes up a lot of time. On the other hand, time marches on, and we feel a responsibility to not throw away the progress we’ve made. Spend time with people or spend time in the gym—which one to choose?

Fortunately, you don’t have to choose. One of the great lessons you can learn from working with a coach is this: real training is cyclical. You have phases of training for building and phases for maintenance. Now may be the time for maintenance.

Summer Maintenance Template

 “Plurality should not be posited without necessity.”

—William of Ockham

Below is a general outline of a 2 x per week maintenance program that will take less than an hour, and will ensure that you don’t find yourself rebuilding everything from scratch this winter.

The big thing with maintenance training is this: you need a very short menu of exercises. We’re talking Ockham’s Razor here—as simple as it can get, but no simpler. I will suggest some movements to plug into the plan, but if you have goals with particular exercises, feel free to insert them in the proper spot. Pick ONE movement for each category, and study the movements for the rest of the summer.

The Menu

Movement Pattern Exercise Reps Per Set
Push Kettlebell Press 3-5
Hinge Kettlebell Swing 5-10
Pull Pullup 3-5
Squat Double Kettlebell Front Squat 3-5
Core Turkish Getup 1 per side

 

The Plan

Pick ONE exercise from each category.
Train twice per week, with at least 1 rest day in between.
Do the exercises in a big circuit—Press, Swing, Pullup, Front Squat, Getup.
Do 3-5 circuits. Rest however long you want to in between exercises.
Always leave at least 2 reps in the tank—this is a maintenance plan!
If you find that you can easily complete the higher end of the rep range with a given weight, try the next weight up and keep toward the lower end of the rep range. But don’t worry about driving up the weight right now.

 

Here’s the great thing about a maintenance plan: you get the opportunity to practice the movements. Yes, I talk about this a lot.

When you take a moment to quit worrying about the weight, you learn some interesting things.

You learn that if you focus hard enough on the details, a light(ish) weight feels a lot heavier than it does when you’re feeding your ego with histrionics.

You learn that maybe you were overlooking some details in the name of self-flagellation.

You learn that you have things to learn. Happens to me all the time.

In a few months, you’ll look up and see snow on the ground. It will be time to train hard again. You will be very pleased with yourself for having taken the time to maintain your levels from the previous winter. This winter, you’ll build upon those levels, aided by the newfound insights gained from studying movement.

Next summer, you’ll already know what to do.