Getting ready for your first climbing workout
Remember to hydrate before, during and after taking our class. It is typical to sweat a lot during our workout, so bring a bottle for water and make sure to fill up at our water filter before class begins.
Make sure you are adequately nourished before taking a class. It is recommended to have a snack or small meal anywhere from 1 hour to 30 minutes before the start of class.
Nothing too tricky here, just be ready to sweat! An athletic shirt or tank top with form-fitting leggings, shorts or other athletic bottom and athletic shoes will suffice.
If it’s your first time, chances are you have never been on a VersaClimber before. Please make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes early and notify the front desk you are a first-timer to ensure that you get properly set up on your climber.
Our front desk will check you in on arrival using an iPad. After you provide the front desk with your name, they will notify you that you have been checked in and also what climber you are on.
All first-time climbers must sign our waiver, which will be displayed on a front desk iPad. Be sure to review all safety instructions outlined in the waiver before submitting. All climbers under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the waiver for them.
What to Expect
We offer a high-intensity interval cardio class on the VersaClimber machine. The climber has no momentum carry over, so expect to work hard and challenge yourself to see how many feet you can climb!
Be sure to pace yourself for your first few classes. It takes about 2 to 3 classes for your body to acclimate to the VersaClimber, so take as many breaks as you need to, and purchase our New Client Series to give your body exposure it needs to adapt.
Every Rise Nation studio has its own unique dynamic lighting installation which the Instructor adapts to the music. Make sure to look up during class and don’t be afraid to take a picture or two!
New Client Setup
If it is your first time with us, or even if it’s not, a front desk employee will gladly assist you in setting up your climber.
Here are some of the set-up highlights:
- Foot straps should have a finger or two worth of slack so they do not restrict blood flow
- Handlebars should be at shoulder height or below
- While climbing, the torso and shins should be parallel with the vertical post
- Never hold onto the vertical post
- If you feel lightheaded or dizzy, immediately grab the foam handrails, step off the climber, and alert a staff member to receive medical attention
If you have any questions whatsoever before, during or after your class, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our staff members! A Rise Nation staff member will also stay in your class for the first couple minutes, so if you have any issues at all, please flag them down so they can assist you.
Our classes are high-intensity and will get your heart pumping, so make sure to consult your doctor before climbing with us. If you are vulnerable in any way to flashing lights and loud music, Rise Nation is probably not a good fit for you. Please make sure that your handlebars are securely fastened and that your feet are firmly and evenly placed on the pedals before class begins.
Our Studios are dimly lit for the majority of the class and our climbers have hand rails and vertical posts that can obstruct your path if you are not careful. If you have to walk through the room after the lights have been dimmed, please walk slowly and deliberately, and also, keep the walkways free of any objects that another person may trip over.