May Newsletter

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Upcoming Events & Info
College Night: 
Thursday, May 2nd, 5:00pm - 11:00pm, $5 for college students age 23 and under with a valid student ID.
High School Night: 
Friday, May 17th, 5:00pm - 11:00pm, $5 day passes for high school students with a valid ID. Minors must have a waiver on file before climbing.
Saturday, May 18th. $6 Day Passes 10:00am - 9:00pm. Includes rental gear!
Stretch Labs Demo
Saturday, May 18th. 11:00am - 4:00pm during our Anniversary
Saturday, May 18th, 9:00pm - Late. All members will be allowed a +1 guest.
Members Mad Rock Shoe Demo
Satuday, May 18th. 9:30pm - Late during our Members Anniversay After Hours Party.
Family Night: 
Friday, May 24th, 5:00pm - 11:00pm, $5 day passes per person if you come in with a family member.
We are open regular hours, 10:00am - 7:00pm, for Mother's Day, May 12th.
We are open regular hours, 10:00am - 11:00pm on Memorial Day, May 27th.  No matinee passes on this day.
Six Year Anniversary Sale:
May 16th to May 21st
Six Year Anniversary Flyer - Details Below
Our Anniversary Sale is coming soon! 
Membership Sale:
For new month-to-month members: Pay a regularly priced start-up fee and prorated dues for the month of May to June and your dues from June 15th to July 14th will be $6!
Punch Pass Sale:
Get 6 visits for $66. You can purchase as many of these passes as you would like and they will never expire. These punch pass will be available to purchase online, over the phone, or at the gym.
Top Out Climbing 6 Year Anniversary:
May 18th, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Six Year Anniversary Flyer - Details Below
Top Out is turning six years old next month, and in these last few years, it has become more than just a gym. It's a community, and we'd like to thank you for being a part of it! Come join the festivities and help us celebrate our anniversary. Bring your friends, and plan to make some new ones!
Come celebrate with us on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00am until 9:00pm. We welcome you to climb for $6. This day pass will include rental shoes and harnesses for those that need them. No partner or experience is necessary. We're looking forward to seeing everyone on the walls!
StretchLabs at Top Out
May 18th, 11:00pm - 4:00pm
Photo of someone being stretched by a StretchLab employee
During our Anniversary, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, Stretch Labs will be at Top Out providing complimentary stretches to patrons.
Stretching is ancient, but StretchLab has redefined what it means to get a stretch.
Having someone with years of experience read your body, assess your needs and make sure that you have been thoroughly, expertly stretched is an experience like no other. To push you further than you can push yourself and open you up in ways that you just can't do on your own. Stretching is really good for you. Being stretched is the key to a longer and healthier life.
Tight shoulders, sore hamstrings, neck tension. No two bodies are the same and no two stretches at StretchLab are the same. One on one stretching is about identifying tightness and imbalances in your body and customizing a stretch routine that is just for you. Our clients may come in with pain, tightness or specific focus areas, but keep coming back and commit to their flexibility journey once they experience the freedom that comes with having a wider range of motion and flexibility. Reclaiming your freedom. The freedom to move as you want, to be active an engaged in the life you see yourself having.
Members Only After Hours Party:
May 18th, 9:00pm - 2:00am
Wide shot of the gym with climber climbing and people playing foosball
On Saturday May 18th, we will be hosting our members only anniversary party beginning at 9:00pm.

During our after hours party we will have a few special activities for everyone. Mad Rock will be here demoing their latest shoe offerings. They will be showcasing their shoes a little bit after 9:00pm.
If you're a member, this party is not to be missed! Keep an eye on your email for further after hours activities you can expect to enjoy!
Each member will be allowed to bring a +1 so if you aren't a member currently, but want to enjoy the festivities, it might be time to make some friends! All climbers who are entering the facility for the first time must be over the age of 18 or have a parent fill out a waiver for them online prior to attending the anniversary party.
Introducing Our Newest Employee:
Brooklyn White
Brooklynn WHite
The next time a mountaineering documentary wins an Oscar, it will have been filmed by Top Out's newest staff member, Brooklynn White. This Michigan-raised adventurist came to California for two things: the film program at Cal Arts, and surfing. Surfing was quickly replaced by an infinitely cooler sport, and now her perfect day involves an ice axe. If Top Out had a band, she'd be both the drummer and the album cover designer. She may be Canadian, but you won't hear her apologize for being a full-time badass.
The Conscientious Climber:
Injury Prevention Strategies
Climber looking at a tape wrapped finger
Climbing is hard on our bodies. Compared to other animals, we're not that strong or flexible, and we don't even have tails. In fact, climbing-related injuries are so common we've given them cute nicknames like "climber's elbow" and "shouldn'a-done-that" and "was-that-my-finger-or-did-someone's-balloon-just-hit-one-of-our-newly-installed-ceiling-fans? (thanks Howie!)"
Here's the good news: if you make a few small changes, you'll find yourself preventing rather than treating. The bad news is that it's all very boring and gives us absolutely zero instant gratification. But taking an injury-induced break from climbing can be even more frustrating than the injury itself, so consider routinizing some of these suggestions before it's too late upping your climbing game.
1. Warm Up. It may be tempting to attack your project first thing, but you'll be more likely to send it if your body is prepared. Try a handful of the easiest routes in the gym first, making them as graceful as possible, and work your way up the grades toward your project. If you want to change it up, take advantage of Top Out's gym equipment. But somehow or another, get that blood flowing.
2.  Stretch It Out. Put on a song, set a timer, or force your friend to do it with you. Whatever it takes, limber up. And don't forget about the forearms, hands, and fingers- it may feel a little sillier and not as gratifying as that deep hamstring stretch, but we put a LOT of pressure on these guys when we climb and they need our TLC! Consider stretching before, during, and after your sessions, especially for those longer days.
3. Cross-Train. Give your forearms a rest from the limelight and spend some time on the rest of your body (read: legs and core) so it can better support you during your sessions. Here is a great article on training your antagonistic muscles, written by a nationally-recognized physical therapist and climber. You can also get the cardio in by doing some laps on the easier routes- this has the added bonus of forcing you to climb more efficiently in order to last longer, thereby honing your technique and prepping you for outdoor climbing.
4. De-Glorify the Crimp. Crimping is the aggressive grip we use for small edges, but it poses a high risk of injury because it hyperextends your joints. Because it feels so powerful and secure, many of us find ourselves relying on this grip rather than treating it as a last resort. However, open-handing wherever possible will reduce your likelihood of injury and encourage better technique! Check out this article by the Rock and Ice climbing magazine for more info and a video demonstrating a challenging but enlightening exercise.
5. Rest Days. These are just as important for our growth as the actual climbing. Everyone's body is different, so listen to yours and give it the breaks it needs to heal and come back stronger. On another note, consider structuring your weeks to include a variety of session types; for instance, one day can be devoted to bouldering, another for perfecting technique on easier climbs, and another for pushing your limits.
Sometimes taking it easy can make us feel like we're not making progress. But helping, learning from, and even just hanging out with other climbers is as essential to our development (and the fun we have!) as achieving a new grade. Want more info on preventing and treating injury? Google is ok, but Top Out's Mo Betancourt and Tyler Shaffer are better.
May 14th
If you have left anything at the gym in the last couple of months, or might be missing something; please come check out our lost and found. We stash everything we find left in the gym: water bottles, climbing equipment, clothing, etc. We might have what you're missing! Our lost and found is overflowing and we will be cleaning it out mid May. Anything left behind will be donated or thrown out. Come get your stuff!
Weekday Matinee Ending:
Friday, June 3rd
June 3rd will be the last weekday to receive a matinee day pass for $13 before 2:00pm Monday - Friday. Our Matinee will be returning at the end of summer.