Many people use their climbing sessions as a way to keep fit or to train to reach their climbing goals. The Castle offers dedicated training facilities to help you achieve your objectives, whatever they are. You can read climbing training tips on our Training Blog.
The Gym – Perched above The Cave, climbers can use the gym to warm up, rehabilitate injuries, do complementary strength training and improve their aerobic training. The gym has the following equipment:
Concept 2 rowing machines
Vertical Knee Raise / Pull up / Dip station
Free weights (dumbbells, straight and combo bar)
Squat Stand and Bench press
Campus Board- The campus board is one of the most widely used (and mis-used) training aids in the climbing world. Climbers ascend and/or descend wooden rungs using only their hands as a way to develop finger and arm strength. The campus board was developed by the legendary Wolfgang Gullich in 1988 as a way to train specifically for his project, Action Directe (which was the hardest route in the world at the time). The campus board replicates a move required to do the route and is named such because it was hung at a university gym called the Campus Centre. The term ‘campus’ now refers to footless climbing. The Castle has three different sized wooden rungs as well as climbing holds.
Fingerboards- We’ve got a fingerboard for every taste! Our current selection of fingery fun includes:
2 x moon board
2 x simulators (metolius)
2 x beastmaker (1000 series)
1 x beastmaker (2000 series)
1 x karma board
Rock rings- For something a bit more specific than a pull up bar try our Rock Rings, located next to the Campus Board.
Pull Up Bar- If you don’t need anything too fancy, we’ve got a plain vanilla pull up bar located in the stretching area next to the Catacomb.
A private coaching session is a great way to assess your strengths and weaknesses, develop your technique and build a training programme. Our coaches can work with you as a one-off or over a longer period of time to help you reach your goals whatever they may be.
A three event climbing and bouldering competition series. While the events have a fun, festival atmosphere to them and are suitable for beginners, they are also essential for selection onto the British Team.
Saturday 29th March - BMC YCS - London & SE: Round 3
The BMC Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people from 7 to 17. Extremely popular, these comps are suitable for you, whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience.
New Year Deals on Courses & Gear!
Discounts for Bouldering Only members & those new to the sport on Introductory Climbing Courses - from 6th January to 28th February 2014.
Duty Managers Wanted
The Castle is looking for enthusiastic, flexible people to join our Duty Managing team. Duty Managers have responsibility for the operation of the centre during opening hours and act as the designated First Aider when the centre is open. They provide a reference point for all the day’s activities for both staff and customers; they ensure that safety procedures are followed and they provide a friendly, efficient service for our customers while supporting the staff in the centre working in their specialist roles.