Steve Bechtel

Aerobic Capacity Program 8:3 (Level 2-3)

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by Steve Bechtel A better way to look at endurance in climbing is to understand that unless you’ve totally neglected it, you probably have some kind of general endurance for climbing. I’ll also preface this by saying that if you never try (nor plan to try) routes or long boulders, you might not really need…

Endurance Training Revisited, Again, Redux

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By Steve Bechtel Endurance is the ability to display power or strength over time. It can be of continuous, high intensity, or it can be intermittent in nature. There are many different ways that endurance shows up in our sport, and there are a few key lessons to take home before we start equating simply…

Baffle Days Podcast 31: Steve Bechtel

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Steve Bechtel – new book, goals, embracing new ideas and endurance training

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…

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…

The Climbing Doctor : Steve Bechtel and Jared Vagy Interview

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The Clipping Chains Podcast: Steve Bechtel

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EP 20: Steve Bechtel: The Glass Is Already Broken

Steve Bechtel Overhead KB Press, b&w, Photo by Mei Ratz

Not Dark Yet

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by Steve Bechtel There is a certain profundity to aging that gnaws at us, and the bites seem to get bigger at the decade marks. Twenty meant moving forward, freedom, and driving my own life. Thirty felt like I should have already sorted out most of the stuff I was working hard to sort out,…

Lessons: 2020

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by Steve Bechtel As the year wraps up and I have time to look back on all that happened in the previous 12 months, I find looking for lessons useful. None of us would say that 2020 was unmemorable, but I feel that despite the difficulty of the year, there were valuable experiences that can…

Melding Strength and Power

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by Steve Bechtel Too frequently, we try to over-categorize our training. Long-time athletes and coaches learned about training for climbing by reading about and practicing training that came from other sports. We all understood that strength and power and endurance were different entities, some of us going so far as to train all of these…

BJJ Strength Podcast | 38 – Rock climbing strength training applied to BJJ. Grip Strength & so much more.

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Here is a non-climbing podcast about training for climbing that Steve did with Laurence Griffiths, a leading authority on training for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Steve Bechtel is one of the leading authorities on strength & conditioning for rock climbing, with almost 30 years in the game and currently training some of the best rock climbers…

Power Company Podcast Episode 40: BONUS: Logical Progression Pt. 2 with Steve Bechtel

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This follow-up episode to the Logical Progression conversation features Q+A on the Logical Progression book with the Power Company listeners. This is where your detailed questions on the program will be answered. Enjoy.

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