Workout Wednesday: Austin Bouldering Project

Looking for a new workout routine in the new year but not sure where to start? Every Wednesday in January we’re trying out a new local workout, and reporting back. (Sorry, but first day jitters are no longer an acceptable excuse.)

This week, TRIBEZA's Sales and Operations Manager Derek Van Wagner checked out the new Austin Bouldering Project:


A 90-minute, full body workout including stretching, cardio and climbing.


979 Springdale Rd. #150

The Experience:

The Austin Bouldering Project is a large facility, and a bit of a "choose your own adventure" workout. On the left side, visitors will find a gym full of standard equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, bench presses) as well as some specialty equipment geared to help climbers train (weighed vests, Olympic style rings, and a rope that'll take you back to gym class). On the right side, the pièce de résistance: a variety of color-coded climbing walls that bob and weave through the light-filled space.

I started my workout in the standard gym, concentrating on stretching my back, arms and legs. Next up was cardio — try five to ten minutes of jump rope and a light jog on the treadmill. After you're properly warmed up, it's time for the main event: rent a pair of climbing shoes and grab some hand chalk, and walk into the climbing area.

The heavy padding on the floor (fully prepared to cushion your body in case of a fall) gave me a confidence boost. Find the colored climbing route that corresponds to your skill level. If you are a beginner, start with yellow, green and red routes to test your abilities. Climb for at least 45 minutes, taking breaks to rest, and to admire the other climbers tearing it up! If you struggle, don't be discouraged. The climbing community is friendly, and I found both employees and climbers alike who were happy to pass on some tips and encouragement. When you've had your fill, grab a towel at the front and find your way back to the locker room for a sauna and a shower.

The Takeaway:

A fully autonomous and flexible workout that will introduce you to muscles you never thought you had before. Opportunities to network and chat with other members is much easier than at other gym environments, and they even have a co-working space on their second floor.

If you go:

Peak hours for the climbing wall are between 4-8pm. The earlier you go, the better chance you have of getting the whole place to yourself (ABP hours are 6am-11pm). Look up the yoga and fitness class schedule here if you want to add another element to your workout.

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