Saturday, December 12, 2015 marked the open house for Calgary’s first and only Obstacle Course Gym called Cor.Fit. Naturally I had to stop by in the morning to check out the gym and test out some of the obstacles. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by one of the owners, who I actually knew from a Hurricane Heat last year in Calgary. He got me to sign in and fill out my waiver and then I was free to go. I quickly went to say hi to my friend and fellow OCR competitor Josh Stryde who is coaching some of the obstacles.
I was really there just to play on the monkey bars, the rig and try out the salmon ladder. So I spent probably 30 minutes just playing around on the monkey bars and the rings and stuff. It was a good setup and nice and challenging. There were standard monkey bars, then there were a few of the uneven monkey bars, rings, atomic balls (like on American Ninja Warrior), the pipe shaped grips and some smaller balls. It was nice because you could really get creative and vary the difficulty level a great deal! After a while I decided to try out the salmon ladder but my grip was so shot by that time I really couldn’t give it much of an effort and honestly I didn’t really want to break my face on my first try.
All in all the gym was really nice. It was clean and organized, not too crowded meaning there was lots of room around all the obstacles. While I was there they had a Crossfit WOD going on in one part and an obstacle seminar going on in another part. There was a lot of energy in the place and everyone seemed really excited. I look forward to being able to further work on my grip strength, obstacle technique and overall ninja badassery at Cor.Fit.
Even though I really only tried out a few of the obstacles while I was there (monkey bars/rig, rope climb, Hercules Hoist, Traverse Wall and Salmon ladder) here is a more complete list of the Cor.Fit obstacles:
• Monkey Bars,
• Rig (with atomic balls, rings, smaller ball grips, pipe grips, and horizontal pole),
• Hercules hoist,
• Walls (looked like 4ft, 6ft, and 8ft),
• Warped wall (half and full size),
• Slippery wall,
• Cargo net,
• Rope climb,
• Balance beam,
• Traverse wall,
• Quintuple Steps,
• Salmon ladder,
• Inverted wall,
• Military rope wall climb (12ft wall with rope to climb),
• Boxing ring
• Plus a bunch of Crossfit equipment like rowers, a rig, etc.
For more information:http://www.cor.fit
Tanner Farenik is a husband, father of two girls, avid OCR athlete, blogger, product reviewer and contributor to 3-Seconds.com