Combined with the sister facility Reach Climbing and Fitness, the factory is the largest climbing and training center in the area.
While it has been a difficult year for fitness organizations, there have also been some bright spots and exciting and unexpected new openings. The latest newcomer to defy the odds in the Philadelphia area is The Factory, a 20,000 square foot competitive climbing training facility for youth and adult athletes, which officially opened to the public on January 25. Factory (401 East 4th Street, Bridgeport) is the sister facility of Reach Climbing and Fitness next door – combined, the two buildings are the largest climbing and training facility in the Philadelphia area.
Reach Climbing and Fitness opened with great fanfare in Spring 2019, in time to host the 2019 USA Climbing Youth Sport and Speed ââNational Championships. (This was our Best of Philly climbing gym the same year). âIt has our region’s only regulation speed wall and a number of other features that really set us apart.
The factory is a continuation of Feinberg’s vision. While the first Reach space was an entirely new build, the factory contains a bit more of the fabric and industrial history of Philly. Feinberg chose the name because, well, it’s located in a former factory building. âIt was originally Lee’s Carpets,â says Feinberg. âHe’s well over a hundred years old. It’s really cool; we were able to use many of the building’s original features, such as the original hardwood floors, which we refurbished, and the original columns.
Now with the Factory there are two facilities where both amateur and professional climbers can improve their skills on boulder walls, spray wall, and inverted steps, among other features that beginners and veterans alike will appreciate. The Factory is geared towards competition training zones and also offers fitness classes ranging from HIIT workouts to strength and endurance training, with cardio, resistance and weight training zones and a yoga room. Notable highlights are 6,000 square feet of bouldering and a Ninja Warrior course. In addition, there is a children’s bouldering area equipped with a slide and tunnels for the little ones.
The Ninja Warrior course isn’t usually something a climbing gym has, but âWe wanted to add a few obstacles to this new center,â says Feinberg. Ninja Warrior courses for beginners allow you to check out the obstacles. Among other features, the factory’s climbing walls are replicas of what is currently used for the United States National Climbing Championships. âThe reason is training – we’re a facility that forms a very talented young team,â says Feinberg, âand we want them to train on the best walls and what they use to. national championships. “
âWe feel lucky to open,â he adds. âIt has been a difficult year, especially for a young club like us. We have only been open for a year and a half. The stops were tough for us. But we are fortunate that rock climbing is a growing sport and that we have committed members who love rock climbing as much as we do and who love our facilities.
You can find more information about climbing at Reach and the Factory, as well as their full list of COVID-19 precautions, here. Visit their Instagram page for additional updates.
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