Training

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,…

Sixteen: An Odyssey Into Endurance

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By Steve Bechtel Training sessions have a way of being sneaky when we look at them on paper. We look at something like “5×5 at 80%” and it doesn’t seem all that hard. Nor does “4 pitches at 2nd tier.” Nor does “Do five pull-ups. Add two per day for 30 days.” Much like the…

Doing > Talking

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by Ty Vineyard Take inventory of where you are now. This takes a lot of discipline and humility. The amount of accountability required to express true capability without excuses is carried out by few. Be realistic, do not overextend yourself for the sake of appearing more capable than you are. We see it at both…

When Climbing Feels Out of Reach

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by Philip Sabado The end of 2019 was a year of great climbing for me. I felt gains in my training with Climb Strong and I was breaking through a long plateau.  But when the pandemic hit, all hell broke loose, which forced every single climber to adjust their climbing and training. I grew frustrated…

A Cause to Visualize

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 “I visualized all the moves the night before. It’s about 400 Moves In total. You have to keep all of that in your mind, add endless footholds. It was no surprise that I didn’t sleep that well that night. I was nervous and certainly felt some pressure.” – Babsi Zangerl   The use of visualization…

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…

Atomic (Climbing) Habits

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By Ty Mack   The year I turned 40 I finally learned how to read. Actually that’s a bit misleading, as I have been devouring all sorts of fiction ever since primary school: classics, crime novels, sci-fi, you name it. But non-fiction nearly always left me cold. Sure, I slogged through plenty of it out…

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…

Detraining

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By Steve Bechtel The cool thing about studying one field for a long time is that you start to identify the core principles of how that field works. You start to understand that it shares principles with other fields. And you start to see that everyone who advances in the sport must follow those principles….

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