Why BKBeastmode?

Why BKBeastmode?

5:39 pm by The BKB Team


Brooklyn Boulders’ BKBeastmode is a national, partner-based competition set out to uncover the people across all BKB facilities who have chosen to push the needle forward in becoming the most well-rounded humans possible. Challenging teams of two in feats of strength, power, mobility, climbing, and strategy, BKBeastmode aims to break fitness stereotypes, test physical potential, and inspire meaningful human connections.
Already known for its off-the-cuff yet demanding take on holistic fitness, BKBeastmode continues to grow as a premier event that blends community, climbing, art, culture, celebration, and more, in one unforgettable night.


Humans are social animals. With partners, we are able to develop bold strategies and consistent execution. We see their weaknesses as our strengths and we see their fortitude in our flaws.
We are able to climb harder. Think faster. Endure longer. We are stronger together.  


All ages and fitness abilities are welcome to participate. BKBeastmode is divided into three stages: Qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and Finals.
Qualifiers: Held at every BKB facility, participants of all ages and fitness abilities are invited to participate in six different challenges set to mimic elements one might encounter during Finals. Top three teams from local qualifiers — hailing from New York, Chicago, Boston, and Denver — will be invited to Semi-Finals.
Semi-Finals: The top three teams from local qualifiers will be invited to face unknown challenges that cover the gamut of climbing and fitness. From tests of mental agility to physical power output, teams of two will aim to qualify for the top four spots. They will be ready and willing to take on the final round only a few short hours later.
Finals:  Through tests of teamwork, communication, physical endurance, and mental agility, the top four teams will tap into their reserves to fight for the ultimate grand prize: $2500 cash and a five-day, all-inclusive trip to Hueco Tanks, Texas–a world-renowned outdoor rock climbing destination


You’re already a Beast. Sometimes it takes lighting a little competitive fire to unleash your human potential. While a smaller percentage of your facility will advance to Semi-finals and then Finals, BKBeastmode is truly about repping your facility with pride, supporting the BKB community, and celebrating your best self on another level.
The fear of the unknown is trumped by the curiosity of our capabilities, and our desire for social interaction is satiated by the bond formed with our training partners.

Weirdly able to marry the worlds of climbing, fitness, and community with art and entertainment, the beauty in the beast is the unwavering and unparalleled connection you feel with your community. As an event that is founded upon our primal, human instincts, BKBeastmode is an innovative, and always mesmerizing, showcase of camaraderie, mental agility, and physical strength. Where other avenues have fallen short in providing a platform for diversity, creativity, and climbing to collide, BKBeastmode thrives.

"What Makes Muscles Grow?" with Jeff Siegel

3:18 pm by The BKB Team

Watch: Workout of the Future

3:15 pm by The BKB Team

Brooklyn Boulders is inspired by movement and unexpected interactions. Whether you are into climbing, fitness, yoga, slacklining, active coworking, unicycling or skateboarding, we believe your workout should be too much fun for its own good.
Experience a day in the life at BKB. Or, as we like to call it, the workout of the future.


Adaptive Ascents: First Time, Strong Climb

3:30 pm by The BKB Team

Adaptive Climbing Group & Outdoor Fest hosted both Delaney Miller and Julia Sikut in the Strong Climb competition this past weekend at Brooklyn Boulders.
The real stars, however, were scaling walls for the first time without capabilities that many of us take for granted (say, vision, full mastery of your legs and arms, having all four limbs in the first place). Adaptive Climbing Group provides great opportunities and mentorships within the Brooklyn Boulders community for disabled athletes to exercise and get into shape at their own pace.
Graham Norwood scaled the wall fearlessly in the face of his retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that leaves him without peripheral vision and difficulty seeing indoors or in low lighting.
“[Rock climbing] is pretty tactile…It’s not daunting because of the visual aspect, as long as someone’s there to say ‘Try this’,” Norwood says. What’s more challenging than visually impaired rock climbing?

“So much of basic human interaction is visualized– facial expressions, body language, gestures, if I want to go to a bar, how do I find the bar? How do I get the bartender’s attention?”, Norwood points out.

Atiba Clarke
Atiba Clarke scales a Brooklyn Boulders wall for the first time

It’s also Atiba Clarke’s first time climbing. Author of  “Unexpected Words of A Gifted Angel”, Clarke’s charisma shines beyond cerebral palsy.

“Why sit there? I’m the type of person that likes to motivate and tell people ‘Keep going!’ This was my first time. I’ve also started horseback riding a couple of weeks ago. I go a lot of places– movies, concerts, anywhere: I don’t sit around, I have to find something to do.”

Delaney Miller warms up for the strong climb competition on our 45 degree wall.

Peter Trojic, who also has cerebral palsy, is super stoked about getting back into shape.  “Climbing is great– it accepts you as you are, and you gotta find your own way. Everyone climbs their own way. I don’t have to worry about looking like an idiot.” Other sports, Trojic says, “don’t really treat me like an adult”. After six months of climbing, he introduced his other friends to adaptive climbing, encouraging them to conquer problems at their own pace: “It took me a month to get off the training wall!”.
Adaptive Climbing Delaney Miller
Adaptive Climbing Group founder Kareemah Batts throws a deuce up with Delaney Miller and Outdoorfest volunteers and climbers

Access is a big challenge for those with disabilities to find their comfort zones for physical empowerment. “It takes me two hours to get here,” Trojic says. “So I can’t wait for Queensbridge to open.” Both Trojic and his friend have earned their belay certifications, and are eager to show others the possibilities of adaptive climbing.
Adaptive Climbing Group meets at Brooklyn Boulders on Sundays and Thursdays at 6 pm. All ages and physical disabilities are welcome, as well as belay volunteer.
Outdoor Fest hosts 10 days of outdoor adventure in New York City.