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Nov 252013

Planet Granite Workout of the Week Logo

Get ready, get psyched…WOW launches next week!

We all know that training for climbing can be a really great way to improve. But it can be tricky to decide what to do!

Introducing WOW! PG’s answer to providing you with the tools to take your climbing to the next level.

what is wow

Workout Of the Week takes the guesswork out of training!

We’ve pored over climbing books, scoured the best climbing blogs, and gotten input from our top climbers on staff, to find you the most effective and, most importantly, FUN workouts to improve your climbing.

WOW staff pics
Every Monday a new Workout Of the Week
will be released online and posted in your gym! 

A WOW will include detailed instructions, variations, pictures, and a video to walk you through each exercise; focusing on one or more of the  following topics- footwork, power, finger strength, body tension & core, endurance and flexibility.

wow on the web

To get each WOW delivered to your door subscribe to our Blog, follow us on Facebook or bookmark the WOW page.

Our new Workout Of the Week program will help you break through plateaus, achieve your climbing goals, and enhance your overall level of fitness.

Conditioning for climbing can be easy – get started next week with WOW!

IMPORTANT: Climbing and climbing training, such as the exercises in the WOW, are inherently dangerous activities.  Participation in these exercises is done at your own risk.  If you have any injuries, we recommend you do not attempt a WOW.  If you have any concerns about your abilities or the exercises, consult a qualified medical practitioner or athletic trainer.

Nov 252013

PG Circuit Training

Temps are looking good for those venturing outside to boulder, but for those who can’t make it out yet, don’t fret; Planet Granite San Francisco has something new and exciting to share with you!  Launching today, PG SF is pleased to start Circuit Training – a fun new way to maximize your time climbing!

What is a Circuit?

A circuit is a collection of established and linked-up climbs. The term “circuit” was first introduced to the climbing community in the 1920s in Fontainebleau, France, and was used primarily for warming up. With the advent of indoor climbing, a circuit refers to a selection of climbs.

Planet Granite Circuits.Legend

How to use Circuits.

Circuits can be used in a variety of ways. For newcomers to Planet Granite, our circuits provide an excellent sampling of our world-class setting. Circuits can work as a warm-up, a full session, or even a way to add variety to your regular routine. When done repeatedly, circuits can help you climb more efficiently.

Since we have 3 levels of Circuits, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, climbers of all levels can enjoy a productive bouldering session, incorporating a variety of climbing styles, and work to improve all aspects of their climbing.

We will post 3 new circuits on the 1st of every month.  Since our setters are here more frequently, a circuit will be refreshed throughout the month if a wall is re-set.   Just another great reason to get on a Circuit every week!

Circuits at PG SF

Who makes the PG Circuit?

A core group of our staff will hand-pick problems for each circuit, taking into account the diverse group of climbers in our climbing community. Problems are chosen to incorporate a variety of grip types, climbing styles and crux moves, with the goal of improving your overall climbing ability.


Where to find your Circuit.

Each problem that is part of a Circuit will be labeled by a colored “C” and a number.  The color indicates the difficulty of the Circuit and the number suggests an order.  At the entrance to PG SF, there is a map showing where each Circuit problem starts.

For more information, check out our Training Tips this coming Tuesday, November 26th with Mike at PG SF!

Stay tuned – coming to a PG near you!

A HUGE thanks to the talented Ivan Cua and Kalie Patterson for their amazing design work.

Oct 022013

Team of 2 - Poster - Hell on Ropes

Team of 2 is back and ready to push you harder!  In this small group session, work with Justen and Kris for a dedicated 4 hours of hands on coaching and training.


Workout details:
This exciting training day is all about first hand experience working together with a coach and a trainer who will provide feedback during the 4 hours of intense training.  Focus will be on Ropes, System Board Training and Fitness Training.

Minimum Climbing Ability: 5.10+ and up
Location: Planet Granite Sunnyvale Saturday October 19th 8:30am-12:30pm
$175 | $185 non-members

Contact Justen Sjong to sign up:
Travel - Private Poster - PG Oct 2013


Team of 2 One-on-One Private Sessions

This is a great opportunity to work with some of the best in the industry.   Justen and Kris each bring a unique style of training and coaching to their programs to target your trouble areas.

Climbing Coach – Justen Sjong – email JUSTEN to sign up!
If you need a complete evaluation of your current climbing skills, sign up for a one-on-one with Justen.  You will gain a clear understanding of what skills you need to focus on to further your climbing and reach your goals.  Check out this recent article on Justen that highlights his approach to climbing coaching.

Athletic Trainer – Kris Peters – email KRIS to sign up!
If you want to take your climbing to the next level, Kris Peters is your trainer!  He incorporates his background in fitness training to figure out where climbers need to strengthen and build, combining exercises based in TRX, body weight and resistance exercises, hang board and campus board circuits as well as including laps and 4x4s on the climbing wall to increase your power and endurance.   His session will be designed around your specific goals and will tailor a program to suit your needs.

Location & Dates
PG San Francisco – Friday October 18th from 8am-5pm
PG Sunnyvale – Saturday October 19th from 1pm-8pm
PG Sunnyvale – Sunday October 20th from 8am-4pm

Members – 1 hour $75 | 2 hours $145
Non-Members – 1 hour $85 | 2 hours $155

Email Kris or Justen to sign up!

Sep 232013

Recently, PG Belmont hosted  InnVision Shelter Network for a day of climbing, bouldering and all around fun!  InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) is dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. They provide safe, clean, and modern shelter, as well as nutritious food, counseling services, childcare and after-school activities, job and housing search assistance, and additional supportive services. We were excited to be able to give back to our community by sharing our passion for climbing with them!  

My name is Rabiya Wasi and I work as a children’s services coordinator for InnVision Shelter Network at the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto, CA. InnVision Shelter Network provides a children’s summer camp, Summer Adventures, during the months of June, July and August. This day-camp offers children a wide variety of field trips and experiences, both educational and fun. Since we do not want any child to feel excluded due to economic barriers, there is no fee for the camp. Therefore, we rely on a lot of organizations to help us make our summer the best it can be.


For Summer Adventures 2013, I wanted to do something different and slightly challenging with the kids. Most of the kids I work with are naturally athletic and daring (based on plenty of antics I’ve seen at the park.) I thought of rock climbing while looking for athletic activities for the kids and realized we had to do this. Seriously, when was the last time the average person rock climbed? That’s where Planet Granite came to the rescue. Their assistant manager, Jeremy Spitz, responded to my call for help in planning a trip to Planet Granite in Belmont.  He supported us by providing us belay lessons and setting up a date for the kids to come in and climb.


What was so cool about the belay lessons was that first of all, it taught my volunteers and I a new skill. In the monotony of summer camp, this was a nice break we all needed. It also taught us how to work together as a group and helped us develop more camaraderie. I’m sure it was scary for some of our volunteers too. I mean, those walls are high! Our kids were excited to go to Planet Granite as it was somewhere they have never gone before. After wearing the harness and helmets the first thing I heard from one of the campers was “this is so cool!” The kids were not shy about climbing the walls and I was surprised they did so well! We did have a few that became unsure of themselves mid-climbing however, with a little more time and encouragement, they were able to overcome their fears and conquer the wall! This was beautiful to see. One of coolest moments was when the kids were allowed to swing through the air and safely land on the mats. If I didn’t know any better I’d think they were little Tarzans going through the jungle!

The staff from “point a” to “point b” were amazing! Whether it was working with me, or giving us belay lessons and working with the kids on our field trip, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I look forward to bringing back our group for our summer camp next year. Thank you so much, Planet Granite Belmont, for such an unforgettable experience.


Sep 162013

Facelift Flyer

The following information can be found on the Yosemite Climbing website!  Hope to see you there – be sure to look for PG Sunnyvale’s manager Eliot, he’ll be around all week!

The 10th annual Yosemite Facelift will start with an evening program at 6:30 p.m. on September 24th, 2013 and will end at midnight September 29th, 2013. Registration for the event will be held at the booth in front of the Visitor Center from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm every day starting September 25th and ending September 29th.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday 9/24/13 Reel Rock 2013. East Auditorium doors open at 6:30pm.

Wednesday 9/25/13 Assault on El Cap, Chris McNamara, Mark Hudon. East Auditorium doors open at 6:30pm.

Thursday 9/26/13, Jason Torlano, Pamela Shanti Pack, Doug Robinson. East Auditorium doors open at 6:30pm.

Friday 9/27/13, Bud Keene, Mayan Smith-Gobat, Tommy Caldwell. East Auditorium doors open at 6:30pm.

Saturday 9/28/13, Outdoors at the Elementary School 6:00 – 9:00pm. Live music by Graham Smith-White followed by Little Brother.

Sunday 9/29/13, Dinner followed by a raffle and dancing to Little Brother. East Auditorium doors open at 6:00pm.


There is free camping available during the event from the 24th through the 29th. Sites available are in Porcupine Flat for the folks that want to clean in Tuolumne Meadows. Yosemite Valley campground choices are Yellow Pines, Camp 4, and Upper Pines. We will start taking camping requests April 1st, 2013.
Requests can be sent to

We will need the following information:
First and Last names of all those requesting camping
Email Address for confirmation
Arrival Date
Departure Date



Sep 122013


Planet Granite San Francisco is ramping up for one of our biggest celebrations yet! Most PG climbers, yogis, and fitness enthusiasts know that we typically close our doors at 6pm on Sunday evenings, but this Sunday we are keeping them open for members only to enjoy some after-hours fun! This summer we’ve hosted two other after-hours nights to show our appreciation and we’ve had a lot of fun hosting members on these nights. Whatever you prefer — top-roping, lead climbing, bouldering, happy hour yoga class, and good old-fashioned socializing – they are all on the agenda. And this time we have something more to celebrate!

In September of 2008 Planet Granite opened its SF facility and a fantastic community came flooding in… and it keeps growing!  Whether you’re a brand new member or a long-time PG regular, come celebrate our 5 years in the Presidio while we, in turn, celebrate you and the community!

Some of the local businesses participating in pleasing your palate Sunday night are Flux Coffee, Honest Tea, and The Melt food truck. Mark your calendar! We look forward to seeing you there!