Former Church to Become a Bouldering Gym

Image: Insight Climbing & Movement
Image: Insight Climbing & Movement

Insight Climbing & Movement
Bremerton, WA

Specs: 7,500-square-foot facility will feature bouldering on a main floor and general fitness equipment (including cardio machines and CrossFit accoutrements) in a downstairs section. The downstairs area will also house a yoga studio. A number of educational and instructional classes will be offered at the gym, including competitive team programs for kids.


The building, built in 1945, originally served as a church. One of the structural remnants remaining from the church is a sloped main floor where the sanctuary once resided. (The slope was created to accommodate bleacher seating for the church pews.)

A shared membership will be available with another gym, Island Rock Gym, in Bainbridge Island, Washington (approximately 30 miles away).

Image: Insight Climbing & Movement

Walls: Entre-Prises
Flooring: Habit Flooring
Website: (for Island Rock Gym; Insight website TBA)

In Their Words: “Our company is very committed to sustainable practices, and in this case it made sense to purchase this existing building and refurbish it rather than starting with all new materials—for example, the internal demo work we are doing has provided enough building materials we can re-use for things like building our front desk. Additionally, we’re able to expose a lot of beautiful old timber beams both in our lobby as well as throughout our fitness and yoga areas, which provide a lot of warmth and personality for those spaces. One of the things I’m most excited about with this project is giving this historic building a second life.”
—Michele Lang, Owner of Insight and Island Rock Gym