Back on track! Hope everyone had a good weekend. I was able to fit a trip to Nashville, some coaching and an evening bouldering session on Sunday. I was stoked to climb Pipe Dreams, a boulder problem tucked away on Lookout Mountain. Revolving around a big throw off of two small crimps, it’s a fun power problem. We also put down the left exit, which had some interesting squeeze topout fun. The temperatures are finally cooperating, so I’m excited to get outside and climb a lot more frequently! Let’s get to the bullet points.
The Bullet Points
Almost everyone has hip issues at some point in their life. The hip is a ball and socket joint, which means the joint has more degrees of freedom than almost every other joint in the body. While this is a good thing, it also means things can get out of whack. Here are some points to consider to keep those hips healthy.
Since we’re on the topic of ball and socket joints, let’s look at the shoulder as well. I think this article applies to more than just overhead pressing. If you are an overhead athlete, which means you need to apply force through your arms, shoulders or fingers while they are over your head, than your shoulder need to be able to deliver that force safely and efficiently. A good way to develop this ability to is lift heavy things over your head, IF you can own the movement.
Alex Barrows released a PDF simply titled “Training For Sport Climbing”. It’s one of the best pieces on energy systems applied to rock climbing I’ve come across. Sol gives us a breakdown of some concepts from the PDF as well as some other links. Check it out.
Imperial Biscotti Break Raspberry Umami, Evil Twin Brewing
The Biscotti Break line from Evil Twin has produced some winners. Chocolate and coffee and almonds make every one of these beers a delicious cold weather treat. This new addition is no different. It pours an oily black and is rich with roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The raspberry present is subtle and well balanced. I’ve had raspberry beer where the taste is overpowering and artifcial. This was not the case with this one. Evil Twin has yet to make a beer that disappoints. If it’s on the shelves, grab it.
What’s Happening This Week
What’s Coming Up
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Nutrition, Performance, and Strength Coaching
If you’re interested in nutrition coaching or strength and performance training, I’ve got room for a couple more clients. More information here.
I’m teaching two kettlebell classes at Scenic City Strength and Fitness.
An entry-level class that emphasizes the foundations of safe and effective kettlebell training will be held Tuesday, November 8th, at 6 pm. It’s only 10 bucks and spots will be limited to ensure a great experience. If you’re in the Chattanoooga area and have always been curious about trying out kettlebells, it’ll be tough to find a better opportunity.
I’m also teaching a class on Thursday, the 10th for folks on who are more familiar with kettlebells. We will dive into some more advanced kettlebell movements and concepts, and push the intensity up a bit more than Tuesday.
You can register online for any of these classes here. Each class is 10$. Hurry, because the spots fill up fast.