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In-Depth: RDL

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In-Depth: The Turkish Get-Up

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In-Depth: The Deadlift

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In Depth: The Deadlift from Steve Bechtel on Vimeo. The deadlift is pure strength. There is no cheating the range of motion – you pull from the ground and you don’t dare stop until you are standing. Although it works the legs, it is primarily a “posterior chain” exercise, taxing the hamstrings, glutes, and muscles…

Alactic Interval Training – Progression and Transition

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by Steve Bechtel This article is not so much an introduction to short interval training, but a “what to do next” article when you’re already implementing alactic intervals. Alactic intervals are designed to train your highest power system and teach your body to recover quickly from maximal efforts. These sessions also seek to increase the…

“Rolling Focus” Strength Sessions

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by Steve Bechtel One of the most exciting times for me as an athlete was way back in college, training in the weight room. There were always new exercises to learn and it seemed like I got stronger pretty quickly. This is especially true when compared to my training these days, where is is weeks…

Should I Train Today?

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by Steve Bechtel Well, the obvious answer is, “yes,” but that would make a short article. Let’s go deeper.  You love climbing and you desperately want to do it better. Your tendency is to go hard every session because somehow you think that you could give just a little more and something magical will happen…

Fundamental Skills: Precision, Execution, and Balance

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by Andrew Caraballo, PCC, NSCA-CPT   These days, a simple Google search will bring up every climbing skill drill imaginable, but there lacks a framework for progressing those skills over time. In this article, we’ll discuss three major overarching climbing skills that will build on each other. These are balance, precision, and execution. Some famous…

Three Things I Wish I Would Have Been Told During My First Few Years of Climbing

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by Carly Cain, Performance Climbing Coach, NASM, AMGA RGA     1. Your Climbing Doesn’t Matter    Well, it does matter, but not to anyone but you. All of you out there reading this while shaking your head saying, ‘But my partner cares,’ well, you’re wrong. They do not care like you care. No one…

In-Depth: Aerobic Deficiency and More

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In-Depth: Very Specific Endurance

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Steve Bechtel Overhead KB Press, b&w, Photo by Mei Ratz

Not Dark Yet

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by Steve Bechtel There is a certain profundity to aging that gnaws at us, and the bites seem to get bigger at the decade marks. Twenty meant moving forward, freedom, and driving my own life. Thirty felt like I should have already sorted out most of the stuff I was working hard to sort out,…

In-Depth: Weekly Variability

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