It’s a place for veterans and novices alike to hone their skills.
WARWICK, R.I. — Gianni Andreoli scaled down a wall, jumped onto the mat, and did not hesitate when asked what he liked about the city’s new indoor rock climbing gym.
“Routes and boulders get reset every week or two,” he said Tuesday afternoon. That means that climbers at Central Rock Gym are confronted with new challenges as the holds they grip onto with their hands and feet change spots regularly.
Andreoli, 19, of Cranston, began rock climbing about five months ago, he said, and is a regular at the gym.
“The staff here is really nice,” he said, adding he enjoys the environment.
Central Rock Gym opened its Warwick location at 275 West Natick Rd. in May. The company, started by brothers Joe and Ed Hardy in 2009, has a total of seven locations in New England, according to its website.
Asked what brought them to Warwick, Jamie Re, the manager at the local gym, said, “There’s already an existing climbing community in this state” that likes to rock climb.
Part of that community includes 25-year-old Becca Salzman-Fiske, who was also at the gym on Tuesday and has been rock climbing for more than three years.
“Rock climbing is just a really awesome sport,” the Pawtucket resident said, because it is both physically and mentally challenging as it involves problem solving.
The sport is also good for bonding. Companies visit the gym in groups as a team-building exercise, Re said. Birthday parties can also be held there.
But the 20,000-square-foot facility offers more than its 87 rope stations and climbing boulders, whose walls reach a top height of about 35 feet, Re said.
There’s fitness classes such as boot camp and yoga. When classes aren’t running, people can use the fitness room equipment, which includes weights, treadmills and stationary bikes.
“It’s a bunch of extra stuff you can do to get stronger,”…