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The Next-Generation Climbing Gyms

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PRLog - Jan. 20, 2014 - BARRE, Mass. -- Rockwerx is a major climbing wall manufacturer with offices in central Massachusetts. David Roberts from Men’s Fitness magazine recently published an article on next generation climbing gyms in its January 12th issue.  Rockwerx built the Central Rock Gym in Watertown, MA which is mentioned in the article as an example of next generation climbing gyms.

Climbing gyms are evolving from dimly lit warehouses stacked with plywood to full-service fitness centers with the look and feel of outdoor crags. But when Central Rock Gym (CRG) in Watertown, MA, only 1.8 miles from my house, opened in May 2013, I headed over to check out the newest and largest indoor climbing compound in New England. Before the afternoon was out, I’d signed up for a year’s membership.

CRG Watertown, I realized at once, embodied a whole new climbing game. The surfaces of the walls themselves are made of concrete, molded and speckle painted to mimic the rough, wrinkled texture of real rock. (Other gyms go cheapo with plywood.) With 142 separate “stations” from which to hang ropes, CRG never suffers, no matter how thronged, from the overcrowding that often forces indoor climbers to wait in line for their favorite routes. Old-style gyms tended to cater to the hardcore, tossing in a token 5.6 or 5.7 route to appease the novices. But while its 50-foot-high overhanging lead wall, with lines up to 5.14 in difficulty, could challenge an Alex Honnold, CRG Watertown remains thoroughly beginner-friendly. An entire 30-foot-high pillar upstairs is devoted to no fewer than 16 easy routes, rated at 5.5 or 5.6.

- Men’s Fitness Magazine – January 12, 2014 issue (

From Design and Engineering, pre-fabrication in our massive shop located in central Massachusetts, and finally, on-site Installation, Rockwerx guides you through every single step of the build, leaving no questions unanswered and no detail over looked.  In a world of construction delays, we also pride ourselves on working within your facility timeline, for on-time delivery, construction, and completion.

 After we construct the wall of your dreams, we'll stick around to be sure that you are completely comfortable and satisfied with your new wall.  Beyond our state-of-the-art construction, we will also help prepare you to confidently and efficiently run your climbing wall, through exceptional staff and operational trainings and comprehensive route setting packages. Even after we pack up our gear and head home, Rockwerx promises to be a helpful and knowledgeable resource at any time, for any reason.

-  Cort Gariepy – President and CEO of Rockwerx, Inc.


About Rockwerx -

Led by President and CEO Cort Gariepy, Rockwerx has evolved from his own experience building and operating a climbing wall in southern California in the early 1990s, to become a leading builder of over a thousand commercial and recreational climbing walls across the US.  Rockwerx has helped create some of the most successful climbing businesses in the country in recent years with its primary commercial climbing wall product, Gym Rock.  In addition to making the highest quality seamless textured walls, Rockwerx has grown its business with its Natural Rock and Modular Systems, and is constantly working to offer the best and most innovative products such as new flooring systems, handholds, playground boulders, as well as top-end consulting, route setting and training services.

About Men’s Fitness Magazine -

The Men's Fitness Magazine is a publication that is dedicated to our readers that are active and affluent men (and women) who are passionate about peak performance in every aspect of their lives from 'carbs to khakis'. We are here to help you achieve your health and fitness goals - challenging you to play harder, work harder and look your best.

Contact: Doug Ianuario, Sales and Marketing Manager, Rockwerx, Inc.

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