'Ninja Warrior'-Inspired Course Opens at Rec Center

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Starting Jan. 1, a gym on the Rock Lititz campus will let people tackle the kind of obstacle courses they've seen on TV shows such as "American Ninja Warrior."

"Warped wall, inclined monkey bars, traverse around and jump over walls, salmon ladder, floating bridges, ropes and more," said Deb Smith, director of the center dubbed recROC. "Get your warrior training on."

The other main attraction at the gym, operated by the nonprofit Lititz recCenter, will be a bouldering wall, 65 feet wide and 15 feet high over safety mats, for people to practice climbing without ropes.

Elements of the bouldering routes and the obstacle courses will be changed regularly, Smith said, to keep things fresh for members.

There will also be a climbing training area and a fitness equipment including treadmills, bikes, rowers and ellipticals and barbells.

Smith said she believes the combination of obstacle course, big bouldering wall and climbing training center is unique in the area.

The growing popularity of climbing and fitness obstacles have already led to a surge of interest in the gym, which began selling memberships in November, Smith said.

They cost $58 a month for individuals and $93 for family, with a variety of discounts available. Day passes will be $17.

The gym, which cost approximately $100,000, is located in the second "pod" on the Rock Lititz campus in Warwick Township, at 201 Rock Lititz Blvd. near the intersection of Newport Road and Route 501.

It will hold an open house with activities for the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 1.

Smith said she's not sure if the bouldering wall will be operating by then, because of several delays, but that the other parts of the gym should be finished.

"I'm hoping there will be a few routes for people to climb," she said.

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December 22, 2016




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