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 what we use to plan and optimize that training. In this video Steve discusses the types of periodization used in training for climbing, and explains how to put them to use.
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ABOUT STEVE BECHTEL
Steve is the founder of Climb Strong, and is proud to be the worst coach on the Climb Strong team. A climber for more than 35 years, he has traveled to globe bouldering, sport climbing, and doing first ascents of some of the world's biggest walls.
He is happy when asked, "do you climb trad?" To which he replies, "I've never had much use for it."
He is cofounder of the Performance Climbing Coach organization, and is the author of several books on training for climbing. He lives in Lander, Wyoming, with his wife Ellen, and children Sam and Anabel.