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Jun 222016
 

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Planet Granite Chicago Plan Grows to Two Gyms With Roped Climbs

Chicago expansion will now include a second large gym with 40,000 square feet

After lots of positive comments from the Chicago climbing community, Planet Granite has decided to increase the size and scope of its second gym slated for the Southwest corner of the intersection of N. Sheffield Ave. and W. Diversey Parkway. In place of the 24,000 square foot bouldering gym announced last month, we will build a 40,000 square feet full roped climbing, bouldering, yoga and fitness facility.

With the new design for the Diversey gym, the two PG Chicago gyms will rank as the two largest in Planet Granite’s family of full-service climbing, yoga, and fitness facilities. That brings the combined size for the PG Chicago sites to 85,000 square feet.

“This is a great location across from the Metro, and with all the positive feedback we’ve had, we’ve decided to add roped climbing to this second gym,” says Micky Lloyd, founder of Planet Granite.

Located a stone’s throw from the Chicago Metro’s Diversey Brown/Purple stop, this expansive gym will have 40,000 square feet of space in a new custom-designed building. The climbing facility will be on the second, third and fourth floors and will offer climbing over 50 feet high.

The design will incorporate ample numbers of windows for light and balconies within the building to create a three-dimensional feel to the space for climbers, yoga classes, and weightlifters.

“There is a good community of climbers in the Northwest corridor along Milwaukee and we hope to have an announcement about a third facility there soon,” says Stephanie Ko Pound, Sr. Dir. of Marketing. “Our goal is to open a pod of facilities in the Northwest quadrant of Chicago to give a similar variety of climbing as we offer with our three Bay Area facilities.”

Press Contact: Stephanie Ko Pound

Jun 202016
 
Workout of the Week: Dynamic Stretching at PGSF

Dynamic Stretching Stretching is an incredibly important aspect to staying fit and active. Stretching before and after climbing can help you warm up more efficiently and help to prevent injury!  This week, Kayci walks us through some great warm ups to utilize before a climbing session.  TIME: ~20 minutes DIFFICULTY: All levels IMPORTANT: Climbing and climbing training, such as Read more…

Jun 132016
 

PG Climbing Basics Series Episode 11: Backstepping from Planet Granite on Vimeo These videos are a great review for both experienced climbers and new ones!  We hope you enjoy them!  Bookmark this page so you can reference these videos later!   Episode 11: Backstepping There are many essential skills that every climber should know. In Read more…

PGSV restrooms update: Women’s room reopens June 10th, Men’s to close

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Jun 072016
 
PGSV restrooms update: Women's room reopens June 10th, Men's to close

*** UPDATE TO POST *** Previously, we had hoped to open the women’s locker room and bathroom by Thursday the 9th.  We’ve had a slight delay. The new women’s room opening date is Friday the 10th Men’s room will be fully closed as of 6am Friday morning Staring Friday evening and moving forward, the locker room Read more…

Workout of the Week: Shoulder Strength & Stability with Jack

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Jun 062016
 
Workout of the Week: Shoulder Strength & Stability with Jack

Workout of the Week: Shoulder Strength & Stability with Jack from Planet Granite on Vimeo. Shoulder Strength & Stability These four shoulder strength and stability exercises are an easy addition to your existing regiment. They can help with injury prevention, as well as pushing your grades! TIME: ~20 minutes DIFFICULTY: All levels EQUIPMENT: Resistance band, small towel, very Read more…

Job openings: Manager and coaches for PG’s divisional champion Bay Area climbing team

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Jun 032016
 
Job openings: Manager and coaches for PG's divisional champion Bay Area climbing team

We couldn’t be prouder of our PG Team, which trains hard and climbs fun every day they’re in the gym. Each Bay Area gym has its own head coach and traveling competition team, but there’s one role that oversees it all: Bay Area Climbing Team Program Manager. That’s a role that’s currently open, so please Read more…