ST. GEORGE — A new gym slated to be built in St. George promises to combine the art of yoga with the athletics of rock climbing.
The gym is called Contact Climbing and will be built on the vacant lot at 2865 E. 850 N. Street, near the roundabout just west of Costco and Sportsman’s Warehouse. The lot is also just a couple blocks north of Pine View High School.
To accommodate the verticality of its climbing walls, the building will be nearly 60 feet tall. A conditional use permit for the building’s height was approved during a recent St. George City Council meeting.
The 18,500-square-foot indoor, climate-controlled gym will include a suite of rock-climbing walls and will also offer yoga and fitness classes and a full set of cardio and fitness equipment. The building will also accommodate parties, corporate events, competitions and after-school programs.
While the gym will emphasize its rock-climbing facilities, Contact Climbing’s owners say its yoga programs offer climbers additional skills and fitness training that go hand-in-hand with climbing.
“Climbing and yoga are complementary activities, so there’s a lot of training and things that you do to hang on to things tightly,” Contact Climbing co-founder Jeff Compas said. “It’s also really good to complement that by push exercises.”
Membership at the gym includes access to both climbing and yoga facilities.
“By having an in-house yoga opportunity, then we’ll serve the same population,” Compas said. “They’ll be climbing and doing yoga all with the same membership.”
According to a company document describing the facility, the gym will serve all levels of climbers, from beginners to experts, with an emphasis on building the climbing community in the area.
One way the gym is anticipated to help build the climbing community is by offering “gym-to-crag classes” designed to prepare people for outdoor climbing in the many natural rock-climbing areas surrounding St. George.
Other community-building plans include hosting regional and national climbing competitions at the gym, which will contain an Olympic-standard speed-climbing wall.
During the meeting at which the building height permit was approved, city officials were especially enthusiastic about the gym’s proximity to Pine View High School and its potential for after-school programs.
“They’re going to love it,” Mayor Jon Pike said, referring to the high school students.
The gym is slated to begin construction soon, and according to Contact Climbing’s website, it is targeted for completion in late 2019.
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