Rock Stars on the Rock Wall

Anyone with children knows what a battle it can be to get them doing the things that are good for them. Brushing teeth, eating veggies, and putting on seat belts can all create the biggest tantrums, yet parents persist because they, unlike the children, understand the value of doing these things.

Climbing a rock wall is equally beneficial but without the negativity. Kids love it. WIRAC recently conducted a free school holiday rock wall program. With over 60 children in attendance, it was a huge success. In addition, Goodstart Early Learning centre brought in 30 children for a rock wall and swim program, with the majority of their children being on the rock wall for the first time. This was so successful that Goodstart will be adding the program to their future school holiday offerings.

The fun and challenge offered by the rock wall means that a lot of these children don’t know how good it is for their bodies – a bit like vegetables but a lot more fun. Given that they love it, it might be best to keep the benefits to ourselves:

  1. It’s a full body workout. Pulling themselves up uses the muscles in their arms and back, as well as in their legs. Their core stabiliser muscles are put through a workout, too, in maintaining their balance and stability.
  2. It helps increase range of motion and flexibility. Most sports involve moving in one direction, or they have a bit of dodging and weaving tossed in. Climbing involves up, down and sideways movements, sometimes at quite a stretch. This keeps joints strong and flexible.
  3. It’s great for both strength and cardio. They’re building muscle while increasing their heart rate. The exertion of climbing is excellent for both forms of fitness.
  4. Grip strength improves. Over time, climbers develop amazing strength in their fingers and hands, as well as their forearms. This makes all sorts of other activities easier. Imagine how helpful they’ll be at bringing in the shopping bags, walking the dog, or opening that stubborn jar lid.
  5. Increases cognitive function. The rock wall provides many options for where to place hands or feet. Kids need to look for the options and evaluate the best for them. Do I reach up high with my hand, or shall I stretch out with my leg because the next option from there will be better? It’s like a full body chess game, where planning strategy is just as important as the strength and skill.

What’s Happening at WIRAC over February 2020

So the festive season has come and gone as has the New Year celebrations. It is back to reality for most of us with school commencing, back to work and no more holidays for a while. That being said, the team at WIRAC have come up with the Fitness (and fun) February which has a wide range of activities to keep you active, fit and healthy and provides the opportunity to meet some people and make new friends.

The big news is that we have brought back the 6 week Shred Challenge (New Year, New You SHRED) which was a huge success late last year. For just $99 you can compete to win a great cash prize and lose weight/tone up. Available for members and non-members.

There is loads of FREE STUFF as well including FREE Swimming Squad sessions, FREE Badminton, FREE Metafit classes and FREE Aqua Aerobic classes – note some t&c’s do apply.

Cancer Survivor Program returns, as does the Active Youth Program and our Wednesday nite Rockwall, Aussie Hoops Basketball, Netball and Futsal.

And if you have some friends who are just not sure what to do, then they can come and try the Y for just $20 for 20 days (t&c’s apply: only one voucher per person, should be new users only, must be 18yrs and above. Available for 20 consecutive days once started – must commence by 3 March 2020. Does not allow 24/7 access. Participants can use the pool, the gym and group fitness). No refunds available on this offer.

For more info give WIRAC a call on 4661 7955.

For more information on any of these events or any of our activities, please call the Centre on 4661 7955 or find us on Facebook here. WIRAC is the Southern Downs one-stop destination for family fitness, sports activities and quality aquatic education!

The Centre hours for 8th October onwards POST school holidays are as follows:

Monday to Friday - 5:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday - 7:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday – 10am to 5pm

Main Pool:
Monday to Friday - 5:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday - 7:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday – 10am-5pm

*Please be aware our pool is closed during School Swimming Carnivals which include:
Thursday 6th Feb 8:30am – 3pm
Friday 7th Feb 8:30am – 3pm
Tuesday 11th Feb 8:30am – 3pm
Thursday 13th Feb 9am – 1pm
Thursday 20th Feb 5pm – 8:30pm
Monday 24th Feb 9am – 2pm
Also note Aqua Aerobic classes will be cancelled on these days.
Please call reception for updates/further details on 4661 7955

*Operating Hours subject to change at WIRAC's discretion


29 Palmerin St, Warwick
4370 QLD

PH: (07) 4661 7955
FAX: (07) 4661 7950
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