As a child, I remember my parents taking me and my brother to the gym with them. I remember watching my dad play basketball or do laps in the pool, and my mom furiously climb the Stairmaster.
Since my husband and I both want to lead by example, we want our kids to know how empowering it is to feel strong.
Our hope is to instill this in our children so that they are raised with the belief that being active is just a normal part of life and an ingredient for balanced self-care.
Before You Enter
When you get to Mesa Rim, located at 970 Harvard Way in Reno, you are greeted outside by a free little library from the Rotary Club of Reno, and it is so cute.
My youngest daughter always grabs a book from there even though we literally have hundreds of books at home (former elementary school teacher here).
I don’t mind her grabbing a book because at least if she happens to get bored because she’s limited in the things that she can do at Mesa Rim. She has a book that she can peruse at her leisure (note, she’s never actually done that, but she would freak the f*ck out if I didn’t let her, so, ya know…pick and choose your battles, moms…).
My oldest and middle daughters really have the most fun at Mesa Rim. Friends of my oldest daughter are on the rock-climbing team and have now been certified to be able to help belay others if they are on the ropes courses.
Otherwise, we typically spend most of our time in the bouldering section, especially if it’s just my husband and me there without our friends since we are not belay certified.
Every time that I go and watch my oldest child with her friends who are experienced rock climbers, I’m really filled with nothing but pride.
She has learned to do something that is challenging for her and she is excited every single time to go and face the challenges that the walls provide.
Our tribe is extremely encouraging, as are their children, even though Lily doesn’t have as much experience as they do. They really push her to continue to go higher and try more difficult routes than times before, and she never backs down. #inspiredbymykid
Dolla, Dolla Bills, Yo
Typically, when we go and we’re not with our friends (because members receive guest passes that they generously use on my children), the reality of the cost sets in…and I’m not going to lie, the cost is high for a one-day pass.
For a child it’s $13.00 for a day pass (I have 3 children so that’s $40 easy), and it is $21 for an adult day pass (I’m completely out of commission due to knee surgery, so I get to save some $ until I heal).
Then you’ve got to add on the rental equipment fees ($5 for shoes and $3 for a harness, for an adult or child). We don’t typically rent the harness unless we’re with our friends because my husband and I are not certified to belay our children.
If it’s just our little family at Mesa Rim, then we usually just stick to the bouldering area. We will stay for probably over an hour, but for all five of us (which we have done before), the cost is over $100…for an hour. (insert clenched teeth emoji here)
Mesa Rim Reno Memberships
Keep in mind they do offer weekly and monthly passes as well as punch cards! The monthly membership also includes yoga and fitness classes. They also offer lessons, camps, and more!
Oooooof, I’m sore…
All of my children love the bouldering area, and my hubs and I do, too. We both are fit-ish, but we definitely have room to build strength.
We like visiting Mesa Rim because it challenges us in ways that we don’t typically challenge ourselves.
Rock climbing really is an incredible full-body exercise. You need to utilize your legs almost as much as your upper body strength, and your core gets a massive amount of work as well.
In addition to the bouldering areas and the ropes courses, Mesa Rim also offers some fitness equipment. They have a full weights area; a cardio area with treadmills, rowing machines, and stationary bikes; and they also have a calisthenics area to work on skills like pull-ups.
All of those additional training areas typically help rock climbers to develop stronger muscles, which allows them to do more difficult routes.
Overall, in complete honesty, I wish that we could afford to have a monthly membership at Mesa Rim because I love watching my children push themselves and it gives my husband and me a great workout.
I would absolutely recommend for families to pay for a day pass to at least check it out and see if it’s something beneficial for you and your family (or ask around and see if a friend has a guest pass that you can utilize). I know I wish that we could go a lot more!
Jenelle Stathes married her high-school sweetheart and they share their love with their three darling and fierce daughters. She works as the CEO of their small family business and as a group fitness instructor for a local gym. Jenelle was born and raised right here in Reno, Nevada, and is doing her best at living a non-judgy and tribe-loving mom life. She has experience with infertility, weight loss, body positivity, fitness, and most recently, a tummy tuck. You can follow Jenelle to laugh either with her or at her as she traverses through the daily adventures of motherhood.