Climbing and climbing training, such as the exercises in the WOW, are inherently dangerous activities. Participation in these exercises is done at your own risk. If you have any injuries, we recommend you do not attempt a WOW. If you have any concerns about your abilities or the exercises, consult a qualified medical practitioner or athletic trainer.

Ensure your muscles are properly warmed up. Before training fingers, it is very important to warm up your fingers and tendons slowly and thoroughly. If you don’t know how to warm up, consult a fitness trainer.

Proper execution of form is a crucial element to performing any exercise. Please read the instructions carefully and make sure you thoroughly understand the movement being described being before attempting the workout. If you don’t understand the exercise be sure to ask a certified personal trainer.

Like many good things, exercise can be dangerous - especially if it's been a while since you've worked up a sweat, or if you have any healh conditions that could increase your risk of injury. It is your responsibility to seek professional instruction and/or medical advice before performing exercises and/or fitness routines. The following information is one way to help avoid potential problems.

If you are planning to increase your physical activity or start an exercise program, begin with answering a few short questions. The PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) is a quick questionnaire that can help rule out any underlying health concerns that could worsen with exercise. Answer yes or no to the following questions:

  • Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  • Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
  • In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
  • Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
  • Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee, or hip) that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
  • Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?
  • Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?

If you answer YES to any of the questions on this list, you must check in with your doctor and get cleared for exercise before you start. You can download or print a copy of the official PAR-Q form for your records, courtesy of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).

Likewise, if you have any chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or arthritis) or risk factors (such as smoking or being more than 20 pounds overweight), and have not discussed exercising with your doctor, you should do so before beginning. Exercise is often an important part of the treatment for such conditions, but you may have some limitations or special needs that your doctor can tell you about.

Our equipment spans a wide range. There's enough in our clubs to satisfy everyone from Olympians to someone rehabilitating themselves. Please observe these basic rules:

  1. Please hold handrails when stepping on or off treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, arc trainers, and other equipment.
  2. Do not get on or off equipment when it's moving.
  3. Don't hesitate to use the emergency stop buttons or lanyards when using treadmills.
  4. Always look forward when using equipment that moves. Looking back or to the side throws off your balance.
  5. Grab the handrails and press the stop button if you feel weak or lose your balance when using treadmills.
  6. Try to stay centered on all equipment.
  7. Change the speed of your workout program gradually.
  8. Always ask a fellow member or one of our fitness trainers to spot you when lifting weights.
  9. Don't push beyond your abilities.
  10. Please know that you're always welcome to ask a personal trainer to show you how to use any piece of equipment.
  11. If you notice that something is out of place, please bring it to our attention and we'll be happy to correct it.
  12. For the safety of other members, please turn off all machines when you are done using them.

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