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Full Combination Strength

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by Steve Bechtel Strength is fundamental to athletic performance. Many climbers get it, and they hit the weight room regularly. The problem with most weight training is that it only addresses one speed of movement, and most of us select bilateral exercises for most movements. By training in such a narrow path, we miss out…

In-Depth: How Much Time Do You Really Have For Training?

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Third Gear: The Aerobic Energy System

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by Steve Bechtel   A few years back, I was asked during an interview how important running is to climbing performance. Somewhat reactively, I said, “Running is as important for climbing as climbing is for running.” Over the years, I’ve received more than a fair number of messages and emails about this statement. Although there…

Logical Progression, Second Edition. Available June 5th.

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Training for climbing can be fun, but sticking to a schedule can be desperately hard. Many climbers have seen the value of a carefully planned out, periodized training program. Clearly, such programs work, but many of us can’t stick to such a rigid schedule.   What if there were a better way?   What if…

In-Depth: How Much Mileage is Enough?

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Second Gear: The Anaerobic Lactic Energy System

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by Steve Bechtel   Feel the burn. If you’ve ever worked to a pump that made you feel nauseous, sprinted so hard you had to lie down, or could taste the acid on your breath in a session, you know what maxing out the anaerobic lactic system feels like. In hard climbing, this is the…

In-Depth: Overreaching and Overtraining

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In-Depth: The New Conditioning Template

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In-Depth: Upcoming Releases From Climb Strong

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In-Depth: The Dynamic Effort Method

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In-Depth: McGill Big 3

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Shifting Goals in Lockdown

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By Kathryn Perkinson We are not living in an alternate reality. This world– a global pandemic, quarantine, no access to climbing– is reality. If you stay stuck wishing for what was or hoping for what will be, you’ll certainly miss this opportunity and make yourself miserable. How will you fully accept our new normal and…

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