The Engine Room is mostly complete, and the first few weeks of sessions indicate that it is exactly what we'd been missing. I'm psyched to get stronger than ever this training season with the help of the tools we've added to our lineup.
Our solution: The Engine Room.
A small bouldering wall and an adjustable angle system wall make up the meat of the room. The bouldering wall has named holds, like I had seen on Todd Skinner's old woody in Lander, Wyoming (where many of the holds came from), so that a problem is set and remembered via an abstract poem of sorts. We keep the poems recorded in a binder, sorted by suggested grade. The hold arrangement will likely never change, and among the hundreds of possibilities on the wall will be long term projects from V2 to V12 and harder.
The system wall is the crown jewel in my opinion, and you'll be hearing much more about it. Sponsored by Atomik Climbing Holds, I've set it up in a configuration that will allow endless problem variations and their mirror images. This allows us to really zero in on weak grips and movements on both sides of our bodies. You quickly learn which side is stronger, and can attack it.
Also in The Engine Room we've got the full selection of Atomik Bombs, gymnastic rings, pull up bars, suspension slings, and the Transgression hangboard from Eva Lopez. Add in a full selection of weight plates and weight vests, and we have everything we need.
In coming months I'll be writing reviews for many of the products we're using in The Engine Room, as well as detailing the workouts that we're doing on the Atomik Bombs and the system wall.
After the Atomik Bomb review, I was eager to check out more of what Atomik has to offer, and so I pitched the idea of reviewing a few of the holds from their extensive system line. They generously provided enough holds for me to set the entire board, and thus far, I'm impressed. As the system board is now the cornerstone of my training, I'll be spending more than enough time on it to give you an idea of exactly how these holds perform. I'll tell you which holds I chose, why, and how they've worked out.
As our bouldering wall was being set (and still is... we're gonna cover it in holds), we began to pay particular attention to which holds were the friendliest, the most realistic, and the best for training, particularly when setting hard boulder problems. I'll be reviewing several sets of holds, including the "Meatlets" from Teknik, the "2 Tex Pure Crimps" from Egrips, and from Vision Climbing, the "Acid Rain Pinches" and the "Bumper Pads".
Last but not least, I'll be posting more about how I schedule my High/Low sessions, and what kinds of workouts those sessions include. It's about to get busy around here.
The Power Company. We Build Machines.