Core News, Trends and Updates

October 16, 2020

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Updated COVID-19 Best Health and Safety Procedures at the Core.

To all our valued members,   

As everyone knows, times are different with this pandemic, and we won't be back to what we all knew as the "norm" for quite some time.   

When entering the Core we still welcome you with a friendly greeting but now this is followed by a series of rote rules and questions regarding our health and safety practices. Our team also moves around the gym throughout the day, cleaning, helping our members and reminding everyone to use their personal protection towels and wipe down the equipment. Unfortunately, not everyone follows our procedures. With the number of cases increasing and restaurants and gyms being shut down again in Ontario and Quebec, and for the health of our team and members, we are PLEADING with everyone who visits the Core to please follow all our "Best health and safety practices." We don't want to have to close our doors again!!!!  

Member Hygiene 

  1. If a member is sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has travelled and should be in self-isolation, or has recently been in contact with a high-risk individual they are not permitted in the gym. 
  2. All members should respect physical distancing guidelines and allow for appropriate space between other members and staff. We do have pinch points in the gym where we have posted yield signs, and distancing cues. 
  3. All members should wash or sanitize their hands frequently – before, during, and after workouts. 
  4. All members should not touch their face while training or without first washing or sanitizing their hands. 
  5. All members should practice proper respiratory etiquette and not cough or sneeze without appropriately covering their nose and mouth. 
  6. Masks are now mandatory at the Core in all areas of the gym.
  7. Our staff has the right to refuse service or ask members who do not follow our desired hygiene protocols or display known symptoms to leave our facility.   

Facility Hygiene 

  1. You now have a choice for cleaning the equipment. You can have your own cleaning cloth and spray bottle or you can choose to use one of several sanitizing stations and wipes located in key areas throughout the gym. When you are returning your disinfecting cloth, please drop it in our laundry bin located behind the reception area. Return the spray bottle to the grid directly above the laundry bin. These will be cleaned and disinfected and put back into circulation.
  2. Everyone training at the Core is required to have their own towel to be used as a personal protective barrier on the benches, seats, mats and the floor. Large towels covering the entire bench are ideal but if you are using a smaller towel and your back and head in contact with the bench, it will be most useful to put your towel behind your head. When you are seated on the equipment, and your back and head are not in contact, place the towel under your butt. Same idea if you are using a mat or on the floor. We also recommend having a second towel to be used as a sweat towel. We do have some towels for sale for $5, but will not have any for rent. 
  3. Members are encouraged to practice good gym hygiene, including ● wiping down equipment with supplies provided at the stations before and after use, ● washing hands before, during, and after workouts, as needed, ● practicing physical distancing in all areas of the gym, ● and using personal protective equipment as desired or required. 
  4. In addition to our after-hours cleaning, our team has a daily cleaning schedule, and certain areas of the gym may close for brief periods during the day for disinfecting. 
  5. The climbing rental shoes and harnesses are disinfected after use and then put out of circulation for at least a 12-hour period. 
  6. To reduce the number of physical payments our team must process please make pre-payments or contactless payments for your membership whenever possible.   
  7. We also added an Electrostatic sprayer to our cleaning and disinfecting equipment so we can improve our disinfecting efforts. 

Physical Distancing  

  1. Occupancy Limits - we limit the number of people in the gym and monitoring this with a new Density people-counting sensor. You can contact us anytime and find out how busy the gym is and how much room there is to train. 
  2. One of the things that make the Core unique is our different activity zones. This is great because it allows our members plenty of opportunities to find their own work out space with lots of physical distancing; however, to maintain the minimum physical distance, you will have to be mindful of other members and visa versa. Each zone has a maximum occupancy posted at the entrance to that zone. 
  3. Physical distancing cues. 
  4. Fortunately, the entrance to the Core is large, with two sets of double doors. To maintain physical distancing, the doors on the left as you enter are used for entering and the doors on the right are the exit doors. These are marked accordingly. 
  5. Inside of the Core, we have physical distancing cues marked on the floor. 
  6. At pinch points in the gym, we have "Yield" cues marked on the floor. 
  7. Please yield to those in hallways, stairs, or anywhere the 6-foot distancing rules are difficult to maintain. 
  8. All members should limit the number of partners that they train with to either household members or a select few friends or family in their social circle.   

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

September 30, 2020

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Boulder and Beer

Whistler Craft Beer Month - October 2020

Beer is part of Whistler’s DNA. We après it, we brew it, and this October, we celebrate it all month long. Whistler rallies around the liquid gold with craft beer-themed experiences suitable for ale enthusiasts and dabblers alike. Build a beer-themed itinerary from below, with Sip and Zip ziplining, beer bingo, brewmaster dinners, Boulder & Beer rock climbing, beer-inspired spa sessions, and many more. Experiences continue to be added so be sure to check back regularly.

You are invited to Boulder & Beer with Whistler Core and Tapley's Pub. Enjoy indoor rock bouldering and one of any Deep Cove pints afterwards.

Resistance Band Training for Climbers

Resistance Band Training for Climbers

Whether you do free climbing, mountain climbing, or indoor climbing, you need to work all your body muscles. You need to have strong core muscles to help you climb better and powerful leg and arm muscles for endurance. You also need excellent balance to make crossings or to move up rock faces.

Resistance bands are excellent for a full-body workout that goes easy on your joints and improves your flexibility and balance. When you train with resistance bands, you are strengthening not only large muscle groups but the connective tissues around your joints that can protect you from injury.

Here follows a complete resistance band training for climbers.

Note: Make sure to warm up before exercising with 5 to 10 minutes of easy cardio, such as jumping jacks. Complement this training with 2 to 3 weekly cardio sessions, such as swimming or rowing. Cardio sessions will help improve your climbing endurance.

#1 Banded calf raises

For this exercise, you will need a long resistance band, such as a pull-up assist band (like this one https://victoremgear.com/products/pull-up-assist-band).

Calf raises strengthen your calves and help you when you're slab climbing.

  • Stand on the middle of the band. Your feet are hip-distance apart.
  • Hold the ends in each hand and make sure there's tension in the band.
  • Rise up on your toes and hold at the top, then slowly lower back down.
  • Repeat as needed.

#2 Banded knee squats

This exercise will help build power in your thighs, preparing you for when you're on a climb, and you need a lot of strength to stand up.

  • Stand on the band as in the previous exercise, but with your knees bent into a squat. Keep your back straight. Your feet are facing forward (not turned out).
  • Hold your hands closer to the band's ends so that your hands come up to shoulder height. Your elbows should be facing out, with your arms bent at 90 degrees.
  • As you straighten your knees, keep your hands in the same place near your shoulders. You are making your thighs work hard against the band. The tighter the resistance in the band when you start, the more challenging this exercise will be.
  • Pause at the top and then bend your knees again to come back to start.
  • Repeat as needed.

#3 Banded chest flies

Chest flies work your chest and back muscles, which help you in steeper climbing with compression moves.

  • Wrap the middle of the band around a pole or another stationary object at shoulder height.
  • Hold either end in your hands and stand with your back to the pole and one foot forward. Your feet should be hip-distance apart. Begin with arms straight out to your sides. Bring your arms in together with your palms facing inward.
  • Hold for a few seconds before slowing releasing your arms back out to your sides.
  • Repeat as needed.

#4 Banded side planks with overhead press

This exercise works your triceps, deltoids, and upper trapezoid muscles. These muscles are what will help you pull yourself up during a climb.

  • Wrap the end of the resistance band around a pole or another stationary object about 2 feet above the ground.
  • Lie down on your side with the top hand holding the end of the band. Your top elbow should be bent and close to your waist. Your head is facing away from the pole.
  • Put your weight on your elbow, keep your legs straight, and engage your abs as you come up into a side plank. Keep your chest facing out with your shoulders perpendicular to the mat or floor.
  • While holding this position, straighten your arm so that you are pulling the band up towards your head. The resistance band should be tight throughout the entire movement.
  • Do this for 15 reps, then switch sides.

Note: You can make this exercise more accessible by bending both knees or crossing your top leg over your lower leg.

Here's what this exercise looks like.

#5 Banded Russian twists

Russian twists work your obliques, your hip flexors, your core, and your spine.

  • Sit on the floor.
  • Your legs are extended, your knees slightly bent.
  • Wrap the band around the middle of both feet and hold the band's ends in your hands.
  • Hold your hands in front of you, lean back 45 degrees, raise your legs up.
  • Twist your torso from one side to another. Keep your hands in front and the resistance band taut the whole time.

Enjoy your resistance band training for climbers!

COVID-19 Best Health and Safety Practices at the Whistler Core

Following is a detailed outline of the health and safety practice actions we have taken to comply with Worksafe BC, BC Health Officer, and Best Practices gathered from a variety of Climbing & Fitness professional associations. We are all in this together!

Ventilation and Physical Barriers

  1. Increased outside air flow intake in our air circulation system to a recommended 40%.
  2. Installation of higher grade HVAC filters (MERV 13) in our air circulation system, capable of killing or trapping biological contaminants.
  3. Separating our team and guests from the hazard with plastic barriers between staff and guests at our front desk check-in area. 

Guest Hygiene

  1. If a guest is sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has travelled and should be in self-isolation, or has recently been in contact with a high-risk individual they are not permitted in the gym.
  2. All guests should respect physical distancing guidelines and allow for appropriate space between other guests and staff. We do have pinch points in the gym where we have posted yield signs,  and distancing distancing cues.
  3. All guests should wash or sanitize their hands frequently – before, during, and after workouts.
  4. All guests should not touch their face while training or without first washing or sanitizing their hands.
  5. All guests should practice proper respiratory etiquette and not cough or sneeze without appropriately covering their nose and mouth.
  6. We recommend wearing a face mask in the Core, but at this time it is not mandatory.
  7. Our staff has the right to refuse service or ask guests who do not follow our desired hygiene protocols or display known symptoms to leave our facility, in fact we have the ability and option to take everyones external temperature upon entering the gym and asking them to leave if they have an elevated temperature.

Facility Hygiene

  1. Several equipment sanitizing and hand sanitizing stations are located in key areas throughout the gym.
  2. Everyone training at the Core is required to have their own towel to be used as a personal protective barrier on the benches and seats. We also recommend having a second towel to be used as a sweat towel. We do have some towels for sale for $5, but will not have any for rent.
  3. Members are encouraged to practice good gym hygiene, including: ● wiping down equipment with supplies provided at the stations before and after use, ● washing hands before, during, and after workouts, as needed, ● practicing physical distancing in all areas of the gym, ● and using personal protective equipment as desired or required.
  4. In addition to our after-hours cleaning, our team has a daily cleaning schedule and certain areas of the gym may close for brief periods during the day for disinfecting.
  5. The climbing rental shoes and harnesses are disinfected after use and then put out of circulation for at least a 24-hour period.
  6. To reduce the number of physical payments our team must process please make pre-payments or contactless payments for your membership whenever possible.

Physical Distancing

Occupancy Limits - we limit the number of people in the gym and monitoring this with a new Density people-counting sensor. You can contact us anytime and find out how busy the gym is and how much room there is to train.
  1. One of the things that makes the Core unique is our different activity zones. This is great because it allows our guests plenty of opportunities to find their own work out space with lots of physical distancing, however to maintain the minimum physical distance you will have to be mindful of other guests and visa versa. Each zone has a maximum occupancy posted at the entrance to that zone.
  2. Physical distancing cues.
  3. Fortunately the entrance to the Core is large with two sets of double doors. To maintain physical distancing, the doors on the left as you enter are used for entering and the doors on the right are the exit doors. These are marked accordingly.
  4. Inside of the Core we have physical distancing cues marked on the floor.
  5. At pinch points in the gym we have "Yield" cues marked on the floor.
  6. Please yield to those in hallways, stairs or anywhere the 6-foot distancing rules is difficult to maintain.
  7. All guests should limit the number of partners that they train with to either household members or a select few friends or family in their social circle.

    Have you completed our new registration/waiver form since we re-opened on May 25th? If not, please go to:

    May 22, 2020

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    COVID-19 Best Practices at the Whistler Core

     

    The day we closed we started preparing for this day and are excited to welcome you back! 

    We appreciate your patience during the closure and know that you will return when you are ready. Following is a detailed outline of what changes we have made and actions we have taken to comply with Worksafe BC, BC Health Officer, and Best Practices gathered from a variety of Climbing & Fitness professional associations. We are all in this together!

    Ventilation and Physical Barriers

    1. Increased outside air flow intake in our air circulation system to a recommended 40%.
    2. Installation of higher grade HVAC filters (MERV 13) in our air circulation system, capable of killing or trapping biological contaminants.
    3. Separating our team and guests from the hazard with plastic barriers between staff and guests at our front desk check-in area. 

    Guest Hygiene

    1. If a guest is sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has travelled and should be in self-isolation, or has recently been in contact with a high-risk individual they are not permitted in the gym.
    2. All guests should respect physical distancing guidelines and allow for appropriate space between other guests and staff.
    3. All guests should wash or sanitize their hands frequently – before, during, and after workouts.
    4. All guests should not touch their face while training or without first washing or sanitizing their hands.
    5. All guests should practice proper respiratory etiquette and not cough or sneeze without appropriately covering their nose and mouth.
    6. Face masks and other protective equipment may be used in a gym but is not mandatory.
    7. Our staff have the right to refuse service or ask guests who do not follow our desired hygiene protocols or display known symptoms to leave our facility, in fact we have the ability and option to take everyones external temperature upon entering the gym and asking them to leave if they have an elevated temperature.

    Facility Hygiene

    1. Several sanitizing and hand cleaning stations will be located in key areas of the gym.
    2. Everyone training at the Core will be required to have their own towel to be used as a personal protective barrier on the benches and seats. We also recommend having a second towel to be used as a sweat towel. We do have some towels for sale but will not have any for rent.
    3. Members will be encouraged to practice good gym hygiene, including: ● wiping down equipment before and after use, ● washing hands before, during, and after workouts, as needed, ● practicing social distancing in all areas of the gym, ● and using protective equipment as desired or required.
    4. In addition to our after-hours cleaning, our team will have a daily cleaning schedule and certain areas of the gym will be closed for brief periods during the day for disinfecting.
    5. The climbing rental shoes and harnesses will always be disinfected after use and then put out of circulation for at least a 24-hour period.
    6. Specific areas of the climbing walls will be identified as the blue zones and red zones. We will alternate on a daily basis which zone climbers will be allowed to use. This will allow for at least a 36 hour break after usage.
    7. To reduce the number of physical payments our team must process please make pre-payments or contactless payments for your membership whenever possible.

    Physical Distancing

      1. Occupancy Limits - we will be limiting the number of people allowed in the gym and monitoring this with a new people counting sensor. You will be able to contact the gym anytime and find out how busy the gym is and how much room there is to train.
      2. One of the things that makes the Core unique is all our different activity zones. This is great because it allows our visitors plenty of opportunities to find their own work out space with lots of physical distancing, however to maintain the minimum physical distance you will have to be mindful of other guests and visa versa.
      3. Physical distancing cues.
      4. Fortunately the entrance to the Core is large with two sets of double doors. To maintain physical distancing, the doors on the left as you enter will be used for entering and the doors on the right will be the exit doors. These will be marked accordingly.
      5. Inside of the Core we will have physical distancing cues marked on the floor.
      6. Please yield to those in hallways, stairs or anywhere the 6-foot distancing rules is difficult to maintain.
      7. All guests should limit the number of partners that they train with to either household members or a select few friends or family in their social circle.

    Have you completed our new registration/waiver form since we re-opened on May 25th? To reduce time at our front desk and reduce the amount of public surfaces you have to touch, please go to:

    Whistler Core Closure Update


    To our valued community,

    Our doors have been closed for a week but it feels like a decade. Some of you have left Whistler to be closer to family & friends, while others call Whistler home and remain.

    Some of you have inquired about your current membership. All Core term memberships, and 10 & 20 visit memberships continue to be paused and Cancel Anytime Memberships remain suspended to ensure no automatic payments are processed during this temporary closure.

    We miss you all and your amazing energy. Whistler Core is a place where you work hard, challenge yourself, hang with friends, and share your stories. Our routines have changed, life has changed but you haven’t. Join us in staying connected and share your stories of how you are staying strong and challenging yourself. 

    Creativity is a key to staying fit. There are oodles of online at-home workouts. Need help getting started? Here are a few we like and they are free on Youtube. Have your own favourites – share them with us too.

    Climbers – power endurance: https://bit.ly/2UDi9WV

    Yoga: https://bit.ly/2QJ92CW

    Cycling: https://bit.ly/39hLqvs

    General Fitness – right way to start the day: https://bit.ly/3dxMK0L

    General Fitness – strength and flexibility: https://bit.ly/2y9OjBP

    By creating a new routine in our changing lifestyle, that still includes daily exercise, you can help maintain your physical and mental fitness. Meanwhile, please play your part, keep informed, be calm and stay healthy.

    Much love and appreciation to you, our community!

    Sincerely,

    Bob, Corinne and the whole Team at the Whistler Core

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    March 16, 2020

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    Temporary COVID-19 Closure


    To our valued community of members and visitors,

    We have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Gym, as of Monday, March 16, at 6 pm. Our closure is a proactive measure to do our part in slowing down the transmission of COVID-19. 

    Our priority is always the safety of our team, members, and visitors, and maintaining clear and transparent lines of communication during this uncertain time. As we continue to monitor developments around the world and in Whistler, we will provide you with updates about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect the Whistler Core.

    It is not our intention to close the facility for an extended period. We are closing until March 23 at which time we will decide to remain closed or to reopen. Our decision will be based on the updates and guidance provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and their assessment of the evolving situation across Canada. We will also rely on the leadership of the health and municipal authorities here in British Columbia. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and will provide updates to our member community as they become available.

    The decision to close is not one we made quickly or lightly. We felt our proactive measures of educating, extensive cleaning, and screening would keep the gym safe for everyone. Unfortunately, because of recent updates about the spread of the virus, we have decided to hit the pause button. Since you can get coronavirus through community transmission, like touching an infected surface (i.e., a climbing hold, training equipment), people are being advised to avoid public places. Health Canada states: “To mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, everyone has a role to play. It takes more than governments and action from the health sector to protect the health and safety of Canadians. Each of us can help our country be prepared in the event of an emergency by understanding how coronavirus spreads and how to prevent illness.” Read here for more, and do your best to stay home and out of gyms.

    All Core term memberships will be put on pause during this temporary closure. All Cancel Anytime Memberships will be suspended to ensure no automatic payments are processed during this temporary closure.

    Please play our part, stay informed, stay calm and stay healthy,

    Much love and appreciation to you, our community!

    Sincerely,

    Owners and Management Team at the Whistler Core

     

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