At the end of 2017, we looked ahead to some of the most exciting local studio openings of the year. Two (Los Angeles-based Rise Nation and Dallas-based District Climb) included the VersaClimber, that funky, vertical fitness machine that trended in the 1980s because of its safe, zero-impact cardio and strength workout. But the images from both studios didn’t look funky at all — they looked crazy intense. Seriously, watch this video of Rise Nation founder and celebrity trainer Jason Walsh going all out on a machine.
Walsh’s studio, which has been credited for helping the VersaClimber make a comeback, will open its third and largest studio in Dallas this February. (The second is in Cleveland, which likely has at least a little to do with LeBron James’ affection for the original West Hollywood Rise Nation.) “This is going to be one of the nicest studios in Dallas. This is going to set the standard for what we do for our expansion from here on out — this is it,” Walsh says of the upcoming Knox District studio, “You couldn’t ask for a better area. I’m so impressed.”
And while Rise Nation certainly seems poised to enter (if it hasn’t already) the elite, trend-setting, new-city-expanding fitness realm occupied by the SoulCycles and Barry’s Bootcamps of the world, local studio District Climb opens today with a similar concept in West Village just a few weeks ahead of its LA-based competitor. (It’s clear Walsh’s trend has already begun to spread.) And though I can’t yet compare it to Rise Nation, I did take a preview class that proved it to be both a solid and addicting class.
Here’s what you need to know before you book an indoor climbing class.