Anyone have any experience adding a bouldering wall or rock climbing area to a gym that was primarily fitness oriented? (i.e. not a climbing gym, but a regular gym with a smaller climbing area.) I am looking for tips/resources on creating profitability, rough insurance costs, etc for such an additional. Did it work for you?
I train at a 3,000sq ft studio. We have a tread wall, and use it daily. It has preset programs, from beginner to highly advanced, as well as manual mode. In manual mode, we can set it up super easy, for newbies, and we can set it up for moderate to advanced challenges and intervals. It moves forward 15 degrees, back 45 degrees, and moves 0 to 35 feet per minute. We seriously love it!! Great for improved coordination and motor skills, and of course, BACK STRENGTH. 🙂
We also have a 30ft by 15ft traverse wall. Great for kids, fun bouldering challenges, and just to mix things up. Below the wall, we have 6 inch mats lining the length of the wall. We use the mats more for core work and such, but its a great bonus to not needing staff to man the wall. At most, you’re up 5 ft…at most. Most folks are up 3 ft. You’re traveling east to west on this wall, so hight is not relevant.
Hope this helped.