FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS ARMADILLO BOULDERS?
Armadillo Boulders is a new indoor bouldering, yoga and fitness facility in downtown San Antonio, TX. Locally owned and operated by two San Antonio natives, we are proud to bring the first modern, dedicated climbing gym to San Antonio.
Featuring professionally built walls, a dedicated yoga studio, and an extensive fitness room, the Armadillo provides an adventurous and well rounded fitness experience for people of all ages and abilities. Our facility will include amenitites such as full locker rooms, integrated social spaces, an outdoor patio and free wi-fi. With over 5,200 square feet of varied climbing wall terrain, and a climbing-specific training zone, we offer climbs for everyone, from beginners on their first day to seasoned crushers.
Armadillo Boulders aims to be a welcoming, nourishing environment where you can get a workout, hang out with friends, and find an inspiring new challenge.
WHAT IS BOULDERING?
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that takes place close to the ground, and focuses on technique, problem solving, and a little bit of strength. Bouldering does not use ropes or harnesses – instead we climb at heights of no more than 15’ of the ground, and have giant foam gymnastic-style pads to land on. All you need is a chalk bag, climbing shoes and a sense of adventure, and you are ready to boulder.
Bouldering routes are called ‘problems’, and will follow a line of monochromatic holds from the bottom to the top. Armadillo Boulders will typically have between 100-125 problems in the gym at any time, allowing us to have problems for all experience and ability levels.
Twice a week we will be ‘routesetting’ – the process of taking down a section of our boulder problems, cleaning the holds, and then creating new boulder problems. This ensures that our climbers always have new climbing experiences and challenges to look forward to.
IS BOULDERING A GOOD WORKOUT?
Bouldering is a GREAT workout! Climbing develops power, endurance, flexibility, balance and mental strength. Every boulder problem presents a unique challenge that will require different combination of movements and techniques, engaging a wide range of muscles from your toes to your shoulders in the process.
Along with being great exercise, bouldering is also a lot of fun, and a highly social way to exercise. Climbing is not a repetitive, solitary exercise like running on a treadmill or lifting weights. While trying to climb a boulder problem you will be sharing ideas with other climbers and cheering each other on to the top. This is one of the elements that makes bouldering a very addictive sport (we apologize in advance if you begin to develop an uncontrollable urge to climb more and more)!
DO I NEED TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE TO CLIMB?
No. Climbing is a very adaptive activity, allowing you to choose a challenge for your own abilities. If you have particular concerns, feel free to contact us to see how we can help you get on the wall. Climbing is a great activity to help you get in shape, stay in shape, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Armadillo Boulders also has a fitness room, yoga classes, and group fitness classes to help you start on your fitness journey, or to work you into the best shape of your life.
ARE KIDS ALLOWED?
OF COURSE. Kids are natural climbers, and we want to encourage that! Kids 14 and under must be closely supervised by an adult at all times. Please pay close attention to the rules regarding running, gymnastics and horseplay, but we love to see kids on the walls, making our problems look easy. If your kids love climbing, consider one of our youth recreational or competition programs to keep them active and engaged.
WHEN WILL YOU BE OPENING?
We are aiming for an Spring 2018 opening day. Join our email list or follow us on social media to stay up to date on construction, membership pre-sales, and other exciting news from Armadilo Boulders!
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located steps from the Pearl, San Antonio Museum of Art, the River Walk, as well as lots of great restaurants, coffee shops, music venues, improv comedy, and so much more. Come climb with us, and then explore the neighborhood with your climbing buddies!
Our address is 1119 Camden St, half a block east of N St Marys.