Watch: Foundational Mental Skills Part 1

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Training of mental skills is often overlooked by climbers but they are incredibly important to unlock an athletes full potential, along with cultivating a healthy relationship with your climbing. In this video Alex discusses the first two principles of Foundational Mental Skills: Motivation + Drive and Self Awareness. Part 2 will address Productive Thinking and…

Resting on Routes

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By Chrissy Vadovszki As a climber transitions into more challenging sport or trad climbs, the need for better habits and tactics around optimal resting on routes arises. These thoughts and ideas can be applied to longer boulders (not to exclude the pebble wrestlers among us), as well as onsighting or flashing climbs. However, we will…

Becoming the Practitioner

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By Micah Elconin “What is the difference between practicing and being a practitioner?” Ido Portal poses this question in a recent blog posted to his youtube channel. Ido teaches a system of physical training that he calls “movement culture.” His methods pull from a variety of sources integrating the martial arts, yoga, dance, strength training,…

Active Recovery

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Sleep and nutrition play the biggest roles in recovering from training or hard climbing, but there are other variables you can leverage to recover more efficiently on a short or long term basis. In this video Steve discusses tools for recovery in between redpoint efforts, on your rest days, and on a larger scale within…

Applying Training Principles to Specific Exercises

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Knowing how to apply your training principles to specific exercises is important to see success in your training for climbing. We often see climbers oversimplify a movement and try to simulate it in the weight room – and then wonder why it has such a limited effect. In this video Steve discusses 2 exercises that…

Progressing and Regressing Exercises – Strength Training for Climbers

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In this video Charlie Manganiello talks about how to progress or regress strength exercises in order to dial in the intensity and optimize your progress. Climbing is a skill sport, but in order to maximize our skills, we need a foundation of strength. We do this in addition to, not instead of, climbing and specific…

12 Rules – Foundational Strength Training for Climbers

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In this video Charlie outlines the 12 Rules of Strength. Climbing is a skill sport, but in order to maximize our skills, we need a foundation of strength. By developing a high level of strength, you can better withstand the rigors of hard specific climbing practice. We use these rules to guide our strength training….

Periodization – Planning a Realistic Year of Training

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There is a BIG difference between exercising and training. Exercising is fine, but if you want to see progress as an athlete, training is what you are looking for. Don’t confuse random exercise with training. Proper training involves a plan with progressive overload, leading to new levels of strength and fitness over time. Periodization is…

Velocity Loss Training

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by Jacob Carr Strength training takes time and effort. And when training pure strength, it can be taxing on the nervous system. What if there was a way to decrease your feelings of fatigue and increase your training efficiency? New research has come out that describes a way to do just that. By paying attention…

Mental/Physical/Technical Framework

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In this video Steve discusses the Mental/Physical/Technical framework Climb Strong follows. This will be particularly useful for individuals who coach climbers, but any climber interested in progressing their ability will find benefit in this framework. The Mental, Physical, and Technical aspects of rock climbing are all highly important to climbers trying to perform at their…

Philosophy Of Training | Principle Based Training

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Principle Based Training is a great foundation for starting a training program to support your climbing, and a dependable way to make sure you see results in that program. In this video Steve discusses the 6 fundamental principles Climb Strong follows, along with 2 other essential elements that are a bit more nebulous but perhaps…

Philosophy Of Training | Effective Framework

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Steve discusses the 6 rules that Climb Strong follows to build successful training programs for rock climbers. A proper framework is an essential part of good programming and will make the difference between a effective program and one that fails.   ABOUT STEVE BECHTEL Steve is the founder of Climb Strong, and is proud to…

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