Core News, Trends and Updates

March 15, 2020

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COVID-19 Update

Dear members and visitors,

We are sorry that our beautiful community and beyond is so deeply impacted by the Corona Virus. Of course, we are crossing our fingers that Whistler Blackcomb’s closure is temporary. This is an unprecedented and trying time for everyone. What we know for sure, is we want to do the best to keep everyone safe and healthy, which has always been our mission at the Whistler Core. 

Presently, we are in full operation and taking the precautions required to minimize the impact of the spread of the illness. If future circumstances warrant our closure, all memberships will be frozen and reactivated when we reopen. The same goes for anyone required to self-quarantine. We are guided by our government and by the medical professionals as they are the leaders in this event. For more information about COVID-19, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control.

We are in our primary phase of this situation, and as a result, we are “educating,” “cleaning,” and “screening.”

We have taken extra measures to protect our team and keep you safe in response to the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to adapt our policies to the changing requirements and best practices to support our healthcare system.

General Facility Policies and COVID-19 requirements:

  • High touch surfaces, including railings, door handles, training equipment, and washrooms, are cleaned throughout the day with cleaning solutions recommended by the health authority to kill COVID-19. Be aware that it is not practical to clean the climbing holds after every use, so it will be up to you to follow recommended procedures to avoid the spread of Covid-19, that is, touching your face prior to hand washing.
  • Mandatory hand washing upon arrival with instructions on how, when, and why to wash their hands. Additional “IC-Gel I Antiseptic Skin Gel” hand sanitizing stations throughout the gym for convenient disinfecting hands between washes.
  • Handshakes and fist bumps are off-limits until the season of viral infection is over.
  • Staff with COVID-19 symptoms, or who have recently traveled abroad will stay home. (until cleared by the health authority)
  • We reserve the right to send home anyone showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have travelled abroad in the past 14 days

What you can do to help:

  • Wash and disinfect your hands upon entering and leaving the gym.
  • Use our hand washing guides posted in all washrooms. 
  • Avoid touching your face between hand washes.
  • Mandatory to use a sweat towel during your workout. You can bring your own or rent a towel.
  • Use our cleaning supplies to wipe down equipment and benches during and after use.
  • Recommend using a weightlifting or cycling glove when you are using the equipment.
  • Anyone under self- quarantine from travel or exposure should stay home until cleared by the health authority.
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, should self-quarantine until cleared by the health authority
  • Anyone required to self-quarantine can contact us to have their membership put on a medical freeze. 

We will continue to communicate any changes as the situation in Whistler, and the lower mainland continues to evolve. 


Owners and Management team of the Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Gym.

Breakdancing at the Whistler Core

Are you looking for a fun way to improve your coordination, strength and flexibility?

We would like to introduce you to Robin our own B-Boy who will be teaching a 4-week Breakdance Workshop. His crew has been in the Guiness World Records, competed internationally and we are lucky to have him here in Whistler. If you are looking to learn a new skill, or add to your dance or parkour skills, then this is for you.  No experience is necessary. 

If you are keen on Breaking and improving your dance skills, this 4-week workshop would be great for you. It is a full-body workout and good for the soul ☺

Check out Robin's introduction to the class and a demo of what is possible! Please like and subscribe for more videos.

Breakdancing at the Whistler Core

Dates for the Workshop:

• Tuesday, Feb 25th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th// 7:30 – 8:30pm

The price for all 4 dates is:

• $ 60 + Tax for Members

• $ 90 + Tax for Non-Members YOU CAN SIGN UP HERE:

Whistler Core Breakdance Workshop.

Robin's Bio: 

Robin is a professional B-Boy from Germany with over 12 years of experience. Dancing for him means to free the mind and communicate through body movements. He competed in many national and international breakdance battles.

In 2010 together with his crew, he won the Battle Of The Year Championship in Germany and took part in the international Battle Of The Year in Montpellier, France.

October 12, 2019

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Improve your posture with only 3-exercises!

These exercises are functional, regardless of how good or poor your posture is. A good test of good or bad posture is: stand up with your arms by your side in a relaxed position - are your thumbs pointing straight ahead or to your midline? If your thumbs are pointing to your midline, your posture needs improving.

For more information talk to any of our Whistler Core trainers.

Are you experiencing elbow pain from climbing?

If you are experiencing elbow pain from climbing, Dr. Julian Saunder's article is a worthwhile read to help you understand what is causing the pain and a program to help relieve the pain.

For more information: Dodgy-Elbows

Jake Allison - 2018 Canadian Powerlifting Union National Champion


2018 Canadian Powerlifting Union National Champion - Jake Allison

Whistler Core athlete, Jake Allison took the bull by the horns at the 2018 CPU National Championships and won his category, beating out the reigning World Junior Champion. Jake also took the overall for all the Junior weight categories.

Squat - 227.5kg/502lbs, Bench Press - 137.5kg/303lbs, Deadlift - 277.5kg/612lb - over 4x his body weight! 505 Wilks Score

Congratulations Jake!

October 03, 2017

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Hayden Korte-Moore's workout experience at the Whistler Core


Hayden Korte-Moore

It was about a year and a half ago when I took my first class at The Core. I was unhappy with my strength and endurance which was starting to effect my skiing. As a retired ski racer who spent countless hours in the gym preparing for long physically demanding winters, I was looking for a workout routine that would challenge, motivate, and help me to get stronger on my skis as well as improve me as an all around athlete. Little did I know that a local gym minutes away from my house offered hour long workout classes that could help me reach my fitness goals. These classes are typically made up of 5-15 Whistler locals looking for an extra 60 minutes of physical activity between all the hiking, biking and skiing that goes on in our little town. The trainers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, which creates a positive environment and motivates me to come back day after day. When it comes to my goals, Mountain fit and Cardio circuit are the classes I look forward to most each week.

Mountain fit is an hour long work out that focuses on getting your body ready for ski season. The weighted squats/deadlifts, core work, upper body strength and some form of cardio (most often high resistance spinning) condition your body to work at higher intensities for longer periods of time. This class in particular has had a huge impact on my skiing. All the hours of work I’ve put in has given me an undeniable sense of confidence on and off the mountain. It’s enabled me to ski longer without fatigue, allowing me to spend more time doing what I love.

As for Cardio Circuit, it is an hour long work out that’s made up of three to five, five-fifteen minute micro-circuits concentrated on building stamina and endurance. Consistently showing up to this class has noticeably enhanced my ability to do the things I love around Whistler. Hikes that I used to struggle with have become substantially easier and ones I would have never imagined doing have become possible. Ski touring has grown into an enjoyable pastime rather than a strenuous chore. And for someone who used to despise running, the fundamentals of this class have helped me achieve things I never thought possible.

Becoming a more well rounded athlete and reaching my fitness goals is what initially drew me to The Core, what’s kept me coming back has been the community and the support system it’s given me to focus on my overall health. In a town with so many people passing through it’s nice to spend a few hours a week connecting with the ones who live and work here. I never took my nutrition very seriously in the past. Now with all the hours I put in to strength and conditioning, what I choose to fuel my body with has become a top priority. Eating healthy provides me with the energy I need to enjoy all the things I love around this beautiful little mountain town. Over the past year and a half the Core has given me a sense of community, helped me build self confidence, and given me the strength to live out my passions. It’s difficult to express how important these classes have been for me, I owe the trainers so much for the work they put in with us, and to The Core as whole; thank you for providing me with a little sanctuary right outside my doorstep.

Rescue Dogs Are a Mountaineer’s Best Pals

Rescue Dogs Are a Mountaineer’s Best Pals

Mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, and hiking are exciting activities that pump up the adrenaline while you enjoy the great outdoors.
They are healthy activities that improve cardiovascular functioning, strengthen muscles, enhance endurance and stamina as well as flexibility and agility. These sports also foster mental health and improve concentration. Above all, they are social and fun but can be dangerous because of the risks involved.  Factors such as falling rocks, avalanches, ice and injury can happen in addition to altitude and weather issues.  

When unfortunate events like these occur, rescue dogs have been instrumental in finding lost or injured victims. They are specifically trained to hunt for survivors, scavenge bodies or track wounded mountaineers in alpine surroundings. These animals are tireless in their efforts to recover victims from the rubble of an avalanche or find missing persons who have fallen off cliffs. From recovery and rescue to therapy and healing, man’s best friend is simply incredible. Amazing stories of the brave and heroic acts of rescue dogs can be read in this article.