By Meagan McGone
My mother is a maniac.
Let me rephrase that: My mom is tenacious, energetic and fit. At any given time in the week, outside of work hours, she is running, biking, rock-climbing, hiking or diving; the list goes on.
And me? Well, I'm just trying to keep up.
The beneficial thing about my mom's exercise mania is that it gives me numerous opportunities to explore an exciting workout regimen. She lives by the philosophy that exercise does not have to be a run-on-the-treadmill-and-lift-weights kind-of routine.
We should, too.
In fact, if we can find the right activity, we may even enjoy ourselves while getting fit. And in Brevard, there is an array of exercises to try.
So in an effort to get in shape without enduring the bore of the conventional workout routine, I am going to play the role of guinea pig. I will try a different form of fitness each week and report my findings here.
It's time to get physical!
So, for my breakthrough into the world of fun fitness practices, I thought I'd give indoor rock-climbing a try.
Let this be a warning: There is no such thing as giving rock-climbing "one try."
Though my heart was quickly beating - due to terror rather than physical exertion - during most of my workout, as soon as I left On The Edge rock-climbing gym in Melbourne, I wanted to go back.
You see, even though I'm afraid of heights, climbing is safe at On The Edge, I am just a chicken. But the sense of accomplishment I felt after I clambered my way to the top of more than 40 feet of wall was simply awesome.
Other reasons I enjoyed my workout at On The Edge:
. The people, both patrons and staff, are extremely helpful. Seasoned climbers will often lend a helping hand. Take it. For first-time climbers like myself, the path to the top of the rock wall is easier if someone from below can guide you by telling you where to place your hands and feet.
. Rock climbers are a versatile bunch. Some are older, some are young, some are in average shape, and others defy the laws of gravity with the ability to take heavy builds up a wall with ease. Simply put, everyone is different, and there is no feeling out of place at On The Edge.
. The challenges abound. Once beginning levels are mastered, then the routes, or paths, to follow to get to the top of the wall, grow harder. There are people at On The Edge, who have been scaling rock walls for many years, and they still come back for more.
. Rock-climbing is a great exercise for building strength. The day after my workout, I felt sore in muscle groups that I didn't even know existed. And not only is it an effective exercise for the body, but it conditions the mind, too.
Indoor rock-climbing is a blast. During my time at On The Edge, I didn't will the clock to move faster or prematurely throw in the towel. I only called it a day once my arms felt as limp as overcooked spaghetti, and I knew that I could not possibly climb up another route.
All-in-all, indoor rock-climbing at On The Edge is fun, safe and a fantastic workout.
I hope to see you at the top!
On The Edge is located at 200 West Drive in Melbourne.
For more information about On The Edge, check out www.ontheedgerockclimbing.com or call (321) 724-8775.