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Why A Collection? Behind Writing “Mettle.”

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by Steve Bechtel Every once in a while, someone would say something about doing a collection of articles as a book. I would dismiss it, thinking there was no need, that all of the things I wrote on the site and in the newsletters were “out there.” Why would someone buy a book when they…

TRAIN: Programming Cycles

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THINK: Exercising or Training?

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Catch 22

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by Jacob Carr At the age of 49, 6 days before his 50th birthday, Kelly Slater won the Pipeline Pro with a performance well above his competitors. His performance wasn’t necessarily amazing because of the way he surfed, but how he surfed. His tactics, his positioning, his poise was still head and shoulders above his…

Mettle, Steve’s New Book, Launches April 15th

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METTLE is a collection of articles, essays, and stories of the training process. A climbing coach for over 25 years, Steve Bechtel started writing about training and performance as a way to organize his thoughts around the craft of climbing. In 2007, he launched Climb Strong as a blog, which then grew into a source…

MOVE: Reps in Reserve

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THINK: Everything is Too Much

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The Climbing Doctor : Steve Bechtel and Jared Vagy Interview

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THINK: Nutrition at the Crag

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The Clipping Chains Podcast: Steve Bechtel

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EP 20: Steve Bechtel: The Glass Is Already Broken

MOVE: Inverted Row Progressions and Regressions

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MOVE: The Arm Bar

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The Arm Bar is a big-bang shoulder mobility and stability drill. This is an excellent drill for developing thoracic mobility and shoulder girdle stability. Pick up a light kettlebell and set-up as you would for the get up (kettlebell at full extension in the right hand, right knee bent and foot placed on the floor)….

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