Aiming to make a huge leap forward? Want to try to climbing for the first time but feel intimidated by the idea of an open-climbing Day Pass? A session with a Private Instructor might be the experience you are looking for!
Lessons typically run for 1 hour, and can 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 to our customers. Please select an instructor below to see their availability and to make a booking with that instructor directly. If none of the instructors’ availabilities match yours, feel free to email our Head of Instruction, Jim (Jim@centralrockgym.com) to inquire about the availability of auxiliary instructors.
Coaching Session for One Person – $95/hour
Coaching Session for Two People – $150/ hour
Coaching Session for Three People – $195/hour
Private Instruction is not available from 3:45 PM – 6:15 PM Monday to Friday.
This page is exclusively for Adult (13 +) Private Instruction. For children 12 and under, please visit our Youth Private Instruction page.
Meet our Instructors!
Jim Hardy – Assistant Routesetter/Competitive Coach
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 – Assistant Manager
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 – Assistant Routesetter
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!
Nick Atkins – Youth Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Waco, TX, Nick started climbing during his freshman year of college at Oklahoma City University. He instantly fell in love with climbing and started working at his first gym. After graduating with a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theater, Nick moved to NYC and made a beeline for CRG. He had always heard stories about the gym during his time in OKC, and knew this would be his new safe haven.
As the Head Coach of the Recreational Club, Nick strives to help each climber discover their individuality in the climbing community, understanding that every climber comes from different beginnings. He hopes that all of his climbers leave the gym feeling accomplished with themselves, no matter what.
When he’s not climbing, you can find Nick reading at his favorite coffee shop, cheering on his Texas Rangers, and playing with his pet cat Mr. Booty.
Book a Lesson with Nick
Jenna Tseng – Head Competitive Coach
Growing up in Seattle, WA, Jenna was surrounded by climbing gyms and world class crags. After starting to climb regularly at 7 years old, her instructors pushed her to try the competitive climbing team when she was 9. From the first day, she loved the feeling of pushing herself to try hard, and climbing with people who were just as passionate about it.
Outside of climbing, Jenna is a full-time student majoring in Sociology and working towards a Master’s in Education.
Book a Lesson with Jenna
Joshua Hodge – Instructor
Originally from Tucson, AZ, Josh grew up hearing stories of 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 living out his childhood dream –performing throughout the city with his bassoon. Committed to engaging and supporting his community, Josh serves on the leadership team of CRUX, which is an LGBTQ non-profit geared towards expanding access to climbing and outdoor sports and hosts an LGBTQ Climb Night twice a month.
Lindan Burns – Instructor
Eddie Falshaw – Instructor
Eddie Falshaw grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, where there is (sadly) only one small bouldering gym. But lucky for him, he found it at the perfect time: during his senior year of high school right before heading off to Elon University, where he eventually earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Theatre in May of 2021. Eddie was a part of the rock climbing club in college and when he wasn’t in acting, voice, and dance classes, you could find him climbing at any local gym in NO.
After graduating and relocating to New York City, Eddie stumbled upon Central Rock Gym and was immediately charmed by the welcoming sense of community that this gym and its wonderful staff provides. Slowly but surely, this place has become his second home, and he hopes to continue providing for the climbing community that has given him so much.
Sage Cronen-Townsend – Instructor
As long as they can remember, Sage has been drawn to anything which lets them fly. Over the course of their life this has included sports from hiking to snowboarding to flying trapeze, and they spent the last few years climbing on and off at CRG Hadley. After moving to New York City to study mechanical engineering at NYU, Sage checked out CRG Manhattan and instantly fell in love with climbing and the community here!
Sage has previous experience teaching skiing, snowboarding, aerial silks, and a bit of engineering, and their favorite thing is bringing the sports they love to other people, regardless of experience or ability. Sage’s main goal when teaching is encouraging body trust and problem solving, something they believe is important on and off the wall.
Aside from climbing, Sage’s hobbies include wandering around the city, eating $1 pizza, and hanging out in their school’s makerspace.
Isabel Saylor – Instructor
Isabel grew up in San Francisco and was first introduced to climbing on a trip to the High Sierras in 2016. She really became passionate about it in 2020 when she was looking for an outlet for her energy while still being able to socially distance. Other than climbing, Isabel has always been involved in athletics, from bouncing back and forth from swimming and softball as a teenager, until deciding to train for and finish a triathlon recently.
Outside of athletics she is studying architecture at Parsons School of Design, currently and looking into grad school in the near future. Isabel hopes to help others find their passion for the sport, inspire them to work hard, and most importantly enjoy what they’re doing.
Hannah Nusbaum – Instructor
Hannah has been at CRG as a member since 2020, and immediately fell in love with climbing, along with the atmosphere and people at CRG. Since they started working at the gym in 2021, they have been co-leading the LGBTQ+ climb nights and other events, along with coaching Climb Club and Recreational Club.
Outside of climbing, you can find Hannah running through Prospect Park, reading fantasy novels, and exploring Brooklyn’s restaurants with family and friends. Hannah studied Public Health and Spanish at Cornell and now works in the nonprofit space, along with her role at CRG.
Hannah is passionate about coaching, and provides a unique teaching style with each individual, based on what they need. She hopes to help people build confidence in their climbing and find the parts of climbing that excites them!