WHAT IS CONSIDERED WHEN RATING GYMS

The purpose of this page is to be transparent about what is looked at whenever visiting a gym. It is important to make sure that  the right things are noticed and documented. Please comment at the bottom if you have suggestions for things to keep in mind.

Disclaimer: The system for rating gyms is still being revised. Gyms should not be penalized because of their choice in design.  

 

For example, eventually the goal would be to move to a system that does not penalize gyms for their size or type of walls. 

  • Walls with slippery walls are better for training, they force you to look at your feet and work on your footwork more.

  • Holds that are older and not as grippy are also better for training because they require more strength to hold on to and do not wear down your fingertips. 

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These are traits of a gym that some people may look for and others could hate.

  • Routes are well marked and rated.

  • Walls and holds are in good condition.

  • Routes are changed often.

  • Flooring is of a quality material.

  • There are many types of campus walls and hangboards.

  • Climbing walls are an adequate height.

  • The gym offers bouldering, climbing, and lead.

CLIMBING FACILITIES
FITNESS FACILITIES
  • Fitness area is clean

  • There is a large variety of equipment.

  • The gym offers multiple types of fitness classes.

LOCKER ROOM AND BATHROOMS
  • Locker room is clean and modern.

  • There are showers with free towels.

  • There is a sauna.

  • A sign is located somewhere that says not to wear climbing shoes.

PARKING/ EASE OF ACCESS
  • Many spaces are available.

  • The gym is easy to find.

  • There public transportation that stops nearby.

GENERAL AMBIANCE
  • How did I feel when walking in?

  • The gym is not super crowded.

  • The staff are nice and welcoming.

  • The gear shop has a lot of selection; especially the essentials.

  • There is a space to relax or hangout.

  • It is an access fund gym.