Central Rock Gym Mission
Central Rock Gym exists to provide everyone with a world class indoor climbing, fitness, and community experience through our state of the art facilities, expansive climbing walls, cutting edge fitness equipment, professional yoga classes, and various youth programs and summer camps. It is through these many offerings that our CRG staff and members come together to build a community of climbers and friends. Central Rock Gym embraces its role as an integral part of the social fabric of all of our host cities and communities.
Central Rock Gym History
Central Rock Gym was founded by brothers Joe and Ed Hardy in 2009.
They are passionate about the sport of climbing and wanted to bring it to New England in a way that had never been seen before. The goal was to build locations that were purpose-built from the ground up, with tons of natural light, and accessible to everyone – and that’s what they have done! They also hired the best route setters from around the country to create the highest quality climbs for both enjoyment and training. Central Rock Gym facilities are designed to get everyone into the sport, to fall in love with the sport, and to excel at the sport.
Central Rock Gym is trying to push climbing forward with epic competitions each year. Central Rock puts on the Ring of Fire Roped Comp Series in the Spring which made such national attention that USA Climbing combined the comp with US Nationals in 2015 and 2016. The Heist, the nation’s first-ever female-only climbing comp, is organized by women, set by women, for women, and brings in professional athletes from all over the country to compete for large cash prizes.
In 2010, Central Rock Gym added the highest quality exercise equipment (Lifefitness and Precor), weights (Rogue), and training areas (custom installations by Rockwerx and Walltopia) to allow climbers to train even harder and to allow for a more balanced gym membership. At the same time, we have added a myriad of yoga classes, fitness classes, and at some locations, spinning classes to further round out weekly workouts so Central Rock Gym can be a “second home” during the week. The classes are of the same quality can be found at local yoga studio or workout facility.
Lastly, Central Rock Gym has an extensive, supportive, and inclusive community of climbers, yogis, and fitness junkies. The clean, bright facilities will make any customer want to give us a try, but the community will get you to keep coming back.
Why choose Central Rock Gym?
- Unlimited climbing at all 6 locations.
- Unlimited fitness classes.
- Free rental gear for first 30 days.
- 25% off retail purchases for first 30 days; 10% off any time after 30 day period ends.
- Free belay class.
- 1 guest pass per month (free for 1st time visitors, 1/2 price for return visitors).
- Member Appreciation Days with free food, events, gear demos, etc…
- 20% off instruction classes such as Intro to Lead Climbing.
- 20% off parties and events at the gym.
- Fitness reimbursements from health insurers.
Our source of pride at Central Rock Gym is not only in our buildings or rock walls, but in the communities we share. Watching experienced climbers solve bouldering problems & top roping routes, teaching nervous first time climbers how to belay and climb and trust the equipment, hosting birthday parties and summer camps and watching the kids’ laugh as they unknowingly build confidence in themselves brings immense satisfaction to our organization. Seeing world class competitors hold their medals high after one of our national rock climbing competitions and seeing our members come into the gyms again and again to spend time with their family and friends are all signal to us that the culture at Central Rock Gym is vibrant and awesome. Come and throw on a pair of climbing shoes and experience what it means to be part of our community!
The competitions that we host and organize every year showcase the true depth and character of CRG. We are no stranger to world-renowned competitive climbers having hosted the 2015 SCS Open National Championships, which featured the best adult climbers in the United States. Our true competitive passion lies within the competitions we organize, rather than host. Each year we have many comps, but two in particular stand out for their reputation, scale, and impact on the community. The Heist is the first all-female, professional-caliber rock climbing competition – produced and set by women, for amateur and pro-level female competitors. The event was created as a way to support and inspire women in the climbing industry. The Ring of Fire is our annual competition series which celebrates the climbing talents of amateur and professional climbers. It is a citizens comp that brings our community, members, and professional athletes together for an epic live broadcasted multi-day series.
Central Rock Gym and our Environment
We focus not just on the facilities and programs that we provide to our members, but also on how we provide these offerings. As one of the country’s largest and most well-known rock climbing chains, we know that our leadership is integral to our industry’s long term trajectory. As such, we are committed not just to the programs and facilities that we offer, but how we offer them. We have invested in limiting our environmental footprint and continue to set the standard for what it means to be a ‘green company’. We have outfitted our climbing facilities with solar panels, we limit the plastic use in our facilities and at our events, and we are working to install electric car chargers at some of our facility parking lots. Let’s continue to protect the outdoors so that we can bring what we learn inside to the beautiful outdoor climbing venues that exist all around us!