Hip Mobility Warm Up: High-steps, Splits & Straddles

Without a doubt, increased hip mobility and lower extremity flexibility can improve your climbing. Tight hamstrings and adductors paired with weak hip flexors can inhibit your climbing movement and worse yet can lead to a variety of injuries. How often do we envy the effortless beauty of a climber with a higher high step or wider, more stable stance than ours? The truth of the matter is that nearly anyone at any age can dramatically increase...

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Shoulder Durability

The climbing season has arrived, nature beckons and workouts in the weight room have tapered off in favour of being fresh for the weekend. However as climbers we should always be concerned about maintenance through mobility. Two recent studies show the demand for this kind of work with around 80% of the climbers surveyed reporting a non-fall injury. These injuries occurred in what Eric Horst calls “the big three”, pulley tear in the tendons...

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2014 SCS Youth National Championships

The Vertical World climbing team flew to Atlanta Georgia for the 2014 SCS Youth National Championships. Just as the last 4 years the event was held at Stone Summit Climbing Gym which is the largest gym in the country: boasting walls that are 65 vertical feet and 85+ linear. Not only do they have the most varied terrain but also an official IFSC speed wall where you will see some of the fastest climbers in the world. The event consists of 2...

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Do climbers need aerobic training? (Part 2)

Last month I talked about the benefits of aerobic training, how it increases your capacity to do more work, recovers muscles from hard training days, and it can teach you how to regulate your breathing and heart rate while climbing. Because we are rock climbers, and not training to be a runner, the program will be different. The recommendations listed will be primarily for recovery from climbing or other strength related training.So how do you...

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Do climbers need aerobic training? Part 1

Do you ever find yourself climbing up a route and you reach the crux, you make a few difficult moves and you start to huff and puff, and ultimately your heavy breathing leaves you falling off the route? Do you find yourself huffing and puffing on the approach to your climb, and feel a bit taxed before you even start climbing? Those who climb mountains already know the importance of cardio and how it’s a major part of their training,...

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Rest Days

I have a lot of clients and members who ask me about what to do on rest days, and how many days they should be climbing. In my personal opinion, climbers will climb too much at a high intensity on a regular basis, and disregard the norm of rest and exercise science in other sports. Even with all of my training and knowledge, I have also been a culprit of binge climbing.  When I was training for ABS Nationals a few years back, I had to “catch...

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