Looking to make a huge leap forward? If you want a tailor made training program or if you prefer one-on-one coaching, private lessons are the way to go!
Lessons can go anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and focus on any aspect of climbing that you wish to improve on: strength, endurance, technique, mental game, route reading, efficiency, and any other goals or areas of improvement.
We have a number of instructors available, who will work with you to ensure that your lesson fits your schedule. Feel free to contact any of the instructors listed below, or reach out to our Instruction Coordinator, Jim, for assistance in finding an instructor.
Coaching Session for One Person – $95/hour
Coaching Session for Two People – $150/ hour
Coaching Session for Three People – $195/hour
Meet our Instructors!
Jim Hardy – Instruction Coordinator
Jim started climbing in 2009 at the age of 14 when the first Central Rock Gym opened in Worcester, MA. He quickly joined the competitive rock climbing team and started working part time at the gym. Jim continued to work at Central Rock Gym through high school and college at multiple Central Rock Gym locations.
Jim attended UMass Amherst and received a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then stayed in Amherst and worked as an engineer and climbed at Central Rock Hadley. Realizing that he enjoyed time spent in the gym more than time spent engineering, he decided to make a change. Jim is excited to bring his love of climbing to the city.
When Jim isn’t climbing, he is playing the cello, exploring the city on his unicycle or spending time with family and friends.
Lina Siegert – Youth Programs Coordinator, Fitness Coach
Lina is a former personal trainer, Pilates, and Yoga instructor and has been climbing for 11 years. She will encourage you to approach the sport as a self learning experience while combining fitness and climbing so expect a challenging and fun workout while climbing with her.
Lina loves working with kids as well! Over the last 5 years she has been coaching kids and encouraged the little ones to try the sport. Adults and kids with ASD will benefit from her training; she has been working with this community for over 6 years.
Lina majored in Anthropology, Archaeology and Italian cultural studies. She loves the ocean, water sports, reading, and animals.
Adeline Wright – Instructor
If you ask her, she’ll tell you she was an awful climber when she first started climbing in 2011. Taking up the sport of climbing as a way of working out, Adeline became more serious about the sport quickly and began instructing in 2015!
In coaching clients who range in age from 8-70, her main focus is to help clients build healthy climbing habits and celebrate any kind of progression! Climbing is her favorite sport because she is able to go out her own pace, see the results of her hard work, and help other climbers do the same!
Gus Dollinger – Instructor
A lower Hudson Valley native, Gus found his passion for climbing in 2013. After moving to NYC, he discovered the climbing community & immediately felt at home with the new friends he made. He would eventually travel with those friends to Red Rocks, Nevada, (icy) Mt. Washington, & the beloved Gunks.
When he is not at Central Rock, Gus works as a boat captain & studies fire & emergency service management at John Jay. His instruction focuses on climbing technique, as well as mental fortitude. During lessons, you’ll push yourself both physically and mentally – with positive energy and support!
Joshua Hodge – Instructor
Originally from Tuscon, AZ, Josh grew up hearing stories of many climbing outings from his mom. The common theme between all of these stories was an open-armed camaraderie between people who felt just as comfortable challenging each other’s limits from a physical and mental perspective while supporting each other through hard climbs, personal failures, & life’s rough patches. This sense of community is what drew Josh back into climbing after a decade-long hiatus.
During his lessons, Josh strives to instill a sense of confidence & self-trust through communication and encouragement. His goal is to excite, motivate, and build curiosity. When he isn’t rock climbing, he is often living out his childhood dream –performing throughout the city with his bassoon.