An avid rock climber, coworker, and good friend of mine suggested I go to Vital with her and check it out. I had only been rock climbing once before and I love it! The gym was packed with people of all ages and climbing abilities.
The gym is conveniently located downtown on N State Street. The top level of the gym is a lounge with a fireplace and comfy chairs creating a warm and welcoming environment to enter into. Downstairs is the large climbing area. The climbing walls contain courses of all different levels of difficulty ranging from easy to very difficult based on a color scale. This makes it very easy to understand, test, and challenge your abilities.
My favorite part about this gym is that it is accessible 24/7! Public hours are between 11am and 9pm every day however the gym is accessible to members at all other hours, by typing in a door passcode. Day passes are $12 but monthly memberships are $55.
I had such a great time climbing with Annie and experiencing what Vital has to offer. I look forward testing out a membership in the spring!
Another coworker suggested I attend a hot yoga session at Bikram Yoga with her. Located downtown and right next to Mallard’s Ice Cream, Bikram Yoga is a very warm and welcoming studio. All of the instructors and classmates were friendly and their passion for yoga filled the studio.
Similar to most yoga studios, there are a lot of rules and procedures to follow. Some include not wearing any shoes past a certain point and absolutely no talking as soon as you move from the lobby, into the studio. These rules are great because they keep the studio both clean and peaceful.
Hot yoga is very challenging, especially with an hour and a half session. Bikram Yoga’s instructors are so great at constantly encouraging everyone and reinforcing that it is always ok to listen to your own body and take breaks when necessary.
Although memberships to this studio are a little pricy, they have a great 1st time students deal. For $20 you get 5 days of consecutive classes. This allows one to explore the studio, multiple classes, and instructors before committing for a long period of time.
Although hot yoga isn’t my ideal workout choice, experiencing Bikram Yoga’s studio and having a great time with my coworker was totally worth the burn.
One activity my roommates frequently participate in is line dancing! Ten Mile Grange Hall in Lynden is the home of Western Line Dance. Every Friday night people of all types are invited to pull on their cowboy boots and dance the night away. Class times are based on levels of ability starting with beginners at 6:00pm. After learning the basic moves in the beginner’s class, students are welcome to continue to dance through the intermediate class starting at 7:00pm.
Classes are only $5 a session and are a great way to kick off your Friday nights! After a couple hours of dancing and laughing with friends, you won’t even realize you got a great workout in!