The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost's tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with today's Groupon to Redmond Athletic Club. Choose from the following options:
- For $34, you get a two-hour Intro to Rock Climbing course (a $69 value).
- For $39, you get a 12-visit rock-climbing punch card plus shoe and harness rental (a $120 value). RAC’s rock-climbing wall does not have auto belays, so a belay-certified companion will be required for climbing.
Towering over a 25,000-square-foot exercise-machine mecca, the rock-climbing wall at Redmond Athletic Club offers height-conquering challenges for new and experienced athletes alike. The two-hour introductory course outfits students with shoes and harnesses and guides them up the pyramid of indoor-climbing knowledge on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings, conveying the art of belaying through demonstration and suspended games of charades. Height hoppers can return to the gym one week later to pass a verbal exam conducted by their instructor, the completion of which may result in belaying certification. Climbers can also access Redmond’s bevy of fitness-boosting facilities during the seven-day stretch, striking punching bags to develop coordination and rocking them to sleep to improve upper-body strength.
Certified belayers and experienced climbers may opt for a punch card that grants free-climbing privileges over the course of 12 visits. Scamper up and down the climbing-hold-chocked surfaces and mount an offensive against gravity through means other than self-inflating parachute pants. Ascendants can gaze down upon the club from the wall’s highest vantage point, surveying a sea of exercise apparatuses or traversing new routes, which are rewritten every three to six months.
Redmond Athletic Club
Redmond Athletic Club stands as a ziggurat built in honor of fitness. The 7,500-square-foot space resonates with music, vibrant colors, and natural light as personal trainers walk the spacious floors helping exercisers zero in on fitness goals. The open layout inspires exercisers as they gaze over rows of Precor ellipticals and exercise balls, stretch in the warmup area, or jog on treadmills. A strength-training room teems with equipment such as plate-loaded machines and free weights. Dry saunas and complimentary towel service soothe sore muscles after adventures in sweating and sculpting.
8709 161st Ave. NE
Redmond, Washington 98052