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(Route)Setting Good Standards: Prevent Burnout, Support Your Team

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(Route)Setting Good Standards: Prevent Burnout, Support Your Team

In many industries, especially during the pandemic years, there has been a big focus on employee wellness programs to decrease mental stress, increase physical activity, and improve overall morale in the workplace. In routesetting, while there has definitely been improvement in what gyms offer... Continue Reading

09/20/2021


Member Spotlight: ABC Kids Climbing - An Olympic Gym

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Member Spotlight: ABC Kids Climbing - An Olympic Gym

ABC Kids Climbing in Boulder, Colorado, has built something truly special. It was the first, and to date, the largest climbing gym dedicated to training youth athletes. It also trained two of the four Olympians on Team USA who competed in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The gym started inside the... Continue Reading

by Jake Byk
09/15/2021


CWA Team Adds Membership Coordinator

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CWA Team Adds Membership Coordinator

Please join the CWA in welcoming the newest addition to our growing team – Quinn Gordon, our membership coordinator. Quinn (he/him) has spent much of his professional experience in the public sector, working for local, state, and federal governmental entities. In each of these roles, he... Continue Reading

by Jake Byk
09/8/2021


Learn Some Rock Gym Pro-gramming Tips

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Learn Some Rock Gym Pro-gramming Tips

Now that climbing is an Olympic event, many new and returning climbers are eager to get involved in instruction and youth programs! Since Rock Gym Pro is the primary operating software for many climbing gyms across the country, let's dive into the following functions to help build and organize... Continue Reading

08/31/2021


Coaches: Here’s A Climbing Game That Invents Itself

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Coaches: Here’s A Climbing Game That Invents Itself

Creating new games and activities for a climbing program re-energizes participants, coaches, and brings a creative experience to climbing skills. It gives coaches new activities that they can use throughout the season with their teams, sparking creative thinking and group bonding. The... Continue Reading

08/20/2021


Your Team Is More Valuable Than You Think

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Your Team Is More Valuable Than You Think

Nelli Crofts' designed hoodie for sale inside Momentum Indoor Climbing in Sandy, Utah. If you walk into the Momentum Indoor Climbing Sandy gym near Salt Lake City, you’ll notice a rack of apparel items for sale near the front desk. It caught my eye immediately – the material looked... Continue Reading

by Jake Byk
08/20/2021


What the Supply Chain Crunch Means for Your Gym's Retail Shop

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What the Supply Chain Crunch Means for Your Gym's Retail Shop

Running a successful retail shop in typical times takes some planning, foresight, and organization. A year and a half into a pandemic, that job has gotten a bit trickier. Here's why... When gyms shut down (and restrictions were placed on brick-and-mortar stores) for several weeks, or in some... Continue Reading

by Todd McCormick
08/10/2021


(Route)setting Good Standards: Expectations & Communication

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(Route)setting Good Standards: Expectations & Communication

Clock in, strip walls, reset walls, open walls for the public. In a robot world, the expectations for a routesetter would be that easy. However, we do not live in a robot world. There is an incredible amount of planning, maintenance, and human feeling to consider when understanding what... Continue Reading

08/9/2021


The Olympics Are Coming: So Might a Membership Bump

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The Olympics Are Coming: So Might a Membership Bump

U.S. Olympic athlete Brooke Raboutou competes in the Semi-Final round of the IFSC World Cup Bouldering Competition in Salt Lake City. Photo by Jake Byk/CWA It’s undeniable – following the Olympics, people discover and try new sports. Called the ‘Olympic Bump,’ folks tend... Continue Reading

by Jake Byk
07/21/2021


Hope for More Stimulus for Climbing Gyms

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Hope for More Stimulus for Climbing Gyms

UPDATE Please join us on August 17th for a webinar covering the gyms act and our upcoming campaign in partnership with Access Fund to help raise support for this important legislation. Register for the webinar today The CWA has been working to help secure direct stimulus for climbing gyms... Continue Reading

by Garnet Moore
07/21/2021


Seven Habits of Highly Effective Climbers

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Climbers

Photo taken at The Front Climbing Club Many of us underestimate the impact we have on each other. As coaches and instructors, it's important to consider our role as leaders in our climbing communities. We get to influence the next generation’s perspective in climbing and in life – but... Continue Reading

07/14/2021


CWA Certification Updates

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CWA Certification Updates

With the indoor climbing industry beginning to roar back after the pandemic, the CWA has been seeing an increasing number of gyms looking to add new certified climbing wall workers or renew their existing staff. While there are still some pandemic-related travel challenges impeding a return to... Continue Reading

by Garnet Moore
07/1/2021