It’s fair to say that most climbers would improve if they followed three rules:
Find the best climber near you or someone who is progressing quickly. Watch them when they are attempting something at their limit. That is the level of effort you want to have when you climb.
End your climbing session before you get tired.
Drink water. Improve your posture. If a move hurts, stop trying it. Learn to own the half crimp and open hand grip. Do some opposition work. Stay healthy. End your climbing session before you get tired. Drink water. Improve your posture. If a move hurts, stop trying it. Learn to own the half crimp and open hand grip. Do some opposition work.
This doesn't have to take up a lot of time. A little work done consistently goes a long way. You're just looking for the minimum effective dose.
When you’re not trying harder, move better.
We can’t physically try hard every minute of every session. Ideally, we should all be warming up and cooling down at some point. When you aren’t trying to rip holds off the wall, put all of your focus into how you move.
If you only know how to climb using momentum, climb slowly. It requires more tension to move slowly, and gives you more time to feel how you move through space. If you want to be able to do bigger moves, practice driving through your legs and your pulling arm during every move. You want to be comfortable using higher feet? Climb some of your warmups by only hand-foot matching.
Kurt Vonnegut said, “We are what we pretend to be.” Pretend to be a good climber.
What good are core exercises if they don’t help your climbing? While normal exercises can go a long way towards making your core stronger, I’m a fan of using climbing drills to incorporate that strength core into your regular climbing.
When you are trying to do hard moves while climbing, the goal is to compensate, get into the most efficient body positions, and find the path of least resistance. With core exercises, we are looking for the opposite. You are trying to find the most challenging positions that you can execute while maintaining perfect form.
If you want to get stronger, you need to try hard. This is as true with your training as it is with your climbing. It doesn’t matter how good an exercise or a program is, if you aren’t putting in the correct effort then you won’t get the results you’re looking for.
Finding useful core exercises for climbing can be tough. Some are so advanced that it’s hard to tell if you are getting anything out of them or if it’s just a circus trick with little carryover to performance.
Even though we can see that there are tangible benefits, few of us ever put in the time to improve our mental game.
My perception of what I was capable of, what could be possible, how hard I can push myself, the belief, the confidence, was all very much changed through a mere three weeks of training.
We're flipping the script for our 100th episode. Nate takes over the host mic, and I do my best to let him lead the conversation.
“Learn how to train, then train hard, then train smart. Most people will never have to go past step two.”
If we look for something to complain about, we’ll find it. We try something in the gym, it feels awkward or harder than we think it should, and so we write it off as a "bad problem" and move on.
It's a new year, and it's our 2nd birthday! In this episode, Nate and I talk goal setting. Not resolutions; goals. Different animals altogether.
No, that isn't a typo. It would be amazing if we kept all our attributes forever, but the reality is that we lose things, we forget things, and we just stop doing some of the things that made us good to begin with.
It's been a while since Nate and I sat down and did one of these, so we figured we'd kick it back off with a shorty. The interwebs are going crazy with Andrew Bisharats new miracle hangboard program, Five Minute Fingers, and we've gotten several messages asking for our opinion.
If you want to be physically prepared for rock climbing, you need to concern yourself with the following components:
In this episode, we sit down with Allison Stowers, a Chattanooga-based climber and physical therapist. We talk about how to self-diagnose, when you should see a doctor, what to do about an injury, and most importantly, how to prevent them.
In this episode, Nate, Paul, Blake, and I discuss the Top 2 ways we break through plateaus. Whether it's mental or physical, unless you're a mutant, you've gotten stuck. Well, we have some advice.
Jon Glassberg recently wrote a blog for La Sportiva in which he states that, “Climbing double digits is an attainable goal for any serious climber.” We agree.
Let's face it, there are some really bad ideas out there. Myths that people cling to. New methods of "training" that just aren't thought through. Trends that are fun to jump into, but really aren't helping you.
In our very first live episode, we talk with Dave Chancellor of the famous So iLL brothers, and Yusuf Daneshyar, co owner of the Climb So iLL gym in St. Louis about how we all define success and the different paths we took to get there.
The whole team sits down for our first Board Meeting together, and discusses the Top 2 resources where we each get our information. The internets are full of bullshit information, so it's hard to know when what you're reading has any sort of integrity or validity. We break it down the way we do, with lots of laughs in between, and let you know where we look to first for the information we believe in.
It's here. The one you've been waiting for. The Moon Board Episode. And that's not all. We recorded the conversation, sent it to the man himself, Ben Moon, and then Skyped him in to get his opinions. Legend.
When it comes down to it, a lot of us feel like we know the right answers, but aren’t sure which out of the seamlessly endless stream of "right answers" we should be using.
In this Board Meeting, Nate and I discuss strategies and tactics for redpointing. Some you may know, many you may not. Most you've probably forgotten or ignored when you needed them.
Job, family, friends, hobbies, etc.. Trying to balance that with climbing, training for climbing, talking about climbing, thinking about climbing, and listening to podcasts about climbing is TOUGH WORK.
In this episode, Nate and I sit down to discuss the Top 3 Things We've Changed Our Minds About. Fact is, if you still believe all of the same things you believed last year, then you're probably fucking up.
In this Board Meeting episode, Nate and I have a late night discussion about the Top 3 Ways We've Invested in Ourselves. That could be monetarily, emotionally, with time.... however, as long as it's an investment into bettering ourselves. A few surprising answers here!
As we've taken our "Boulder Better" workshops to gyms across the country, we've been able to watch and work with climbers of all shapes, sizes, abilities, and attitudes. We've seen lots of cool, positive things happen, but we've also seen lots of mistakes being made.
In the Red River Gorge, "Omaha Beach" is everyone's favorite route to hate on. Locals love to depict it as a mindless jug-haul with no "hard" moves. In 2010, I decided to give this jug haul a go. I hung more times than there are bolts...
For quite some time I've toyed with the idea of "in-between" episodes. So while on our recent workshop tour, Nate and I sat down and figured out a rough format for a new concept. And thus "The Board Meetings" were born.
Are you allowing yourself to be too nonchalant with your projects? Are you allowing yourself to get intimidated by your goals and using that fear to exaggerate the process required to achieve them?
When someone who has been climbing half as long as you is performing as well as you would like to be, do you write them off as being "a natural?" Or, do you take an honest look at yourself and admit that maybe you haven’t been putting in the work necessary to become the climber you want to be?