REI has joined forces with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to offer specialized training for mountain climbing, backpacking and 5-10K runs in select REI store communities beginning in February.
Building on REI Outdoor School, the training series classes are led by NCCA-certified fitness professionals and structured as small-group sessions over a seven-week period. This format offers personalized attention in a social atmosphere that encourages progress toward common goals. Classes launching next month include: Mountain Climbing Training Series: Building Strength and Fitness to Reach Your Summit
Each class incorporates an initial baseline fitness assessment and six 45- to 60-minute field training sessions. Participants receive instruction in stability and mobility, strength training, balance and cardiovascular conditioning. Priced competitively with conventional fitness programming options, registration begins at $120 for REI members and $150 for non-members.
Additionally, ACE contributed a set of informative, consumer-oriented articles to REI’s online Expert Advice pages.
“The people who come to REI want to get fit so they can enjoy the outdoor activities they love,” said Rebecca Bear, Outdoor Programs and Outreach Manager at REI. “By joining forces with ACE and integrating its training expertise into our REI Outdoor School class lineup, we’re providing customers with fun and energizing new ways to train for their next big run, ride or climb.”