Bullet Points and a Brew 5/25/17

We’re bringing this week to a close. It’s been a good one, full of old and new training protocols for me. I’ve been reading about heart rate based energy systems training for a lot of team sports lately, and it’s time to see where it all fits in with some climbing. I’ve been working back into sport climbing shape the last month or so, and my aerobic capacity, while getting better, is still fairly pitiful. I’ve been doing a lot of work in the climbing gym, to address that, but am also going to utilize some heart rate-based work for my nonspecific conditioning sessions. I’m keeping it simple, too. 15 minutes of Get Ups, 15 minutes of Snatches, with a 5 minute rest in between. I’ll share my inspiration for this protocol below. Here’s the readout from the first session this week.

Non specific energy system day. This cycle is all about aerobic capacity, because I suck at sport climbing right now. I'm doing a lot of work in the climbing gym to get after it, but building a general foundation isn't any less important. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ New toys=new protocols(for me). For the next six weeks, I'll be working to expand my aerobic system ability by doing two exercises (32kg get ups, 24kg snatches), and using my heart rate as a marker for resting and working. Today was 15 minutes of getups, a 5 minute rest, and 15 minutes of snatches. A good day. It'll be interesting to see what the graph looks like at the end of the cycle! #sceniccitystrong #strongfirst #cruxconditioning #powercompanyclimbing #kettlebells #heartratetraining #strengthtraining #turkishgetups #snatches #climbing #sportclimbing #kettlebellsforclimbers #climbingtraining #webuildmachines

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I’m excited to see how that goes for the next six weeks! I’m hoping to to get back outside this weekend to get some more bolt clippin’ in. Stoked!

Let’s get into the bullet points.

The Bullet Points

Mark Snow is an SFG Team Leader and an instructor for Functional Movement Systems. I was lucky enough to learn from him when I went through the FMS program a couple years ago. This was a great article examining how to expand your aerobic capacity in a way that minimizes stress, yet builds unbelievable capacity. As I mentioned above, I based a lot of this new energy system protocol on the concepts this article contains.

Another viewpoint into addressing climbing-specific energy systems, this is an informative piece by Will Anglin. Circuits such as these allow you to get effective sessions in at bouldering-only gyms, or if you lack a consistent partner. As always, well worth the read.

Amanda Wheeler is a coach at Mark Fisher Fitness. MFF is a facility in New York, and well, they’re a bit different. In an awesome way. In addition to that, they’re all awesome coaches. If you struggle putting together a general strength training session, this article provides a simple “plug and play” algorithm to get you going.

Bonus

One of my athletes sent me a photo of the most groundbreaking ab trainer in existence. Enjoy.

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Yes. That’s a Pop-a-shot ab trainer. Thanks Jeff!

The Brew

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Garden of Earthly Delights, Burial Beer Company

An offering by probably the best independently-owned brewery in Asheville (especially since another big-time brewery in the area just sold the F out to AB InBev), this beer is a saison brewed with a bunch of interesting ingredients: Carrots, Ginger, Lemon Verbena, and Sea Salt. It pours a pale yellow with an effervescent head. The beer is super carbonated, with barnyard-y, yeasty aromas with an earthy tang, containing hints of some pickles as well. On the tongue, the dry saison entry bursts into a vegetal characteristic that’s earthy and pickl-y (sp?). A very strange beer, but not bad. It’s very carbonated for a beer, dancing on the tongue. It’s an interesting take on a saison, and not poorly done at all, just slightly too strange for me.

That’s it for this week. Crush the weekend!


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Coaching

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Bridging the gap between completely custom programming and a purely template based training system, these plans capitalize on the patterns seen from years of working with climbers of all skill and ability levels, helping them crush their goals. Route climbers, boulderers, or even people just looking for some strength training will find a plan that fits them! Check it out 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 is held Tuesdays at 6:15 pm. It’s only 10 bucks and spots will be limited to ensure a great experience. If you are in the Chattanooga area and have always been curious about trying out kettlebells, it’ll be tough to find a better opportunity.

I also teach a class for folks who are more familiar with kettlebells on Thursdays at the same time. We will dive into some more advanced kettlebell movements and concepts, and push the intensity up a bit more than Tuesday.

You can check out the calendar and register online for any of these classes here. Each class is 10$. Hurry, because the spots fill up fast.

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Bullet Points and a Brew 5/17/17

Hey there. Remember me? I’ve been AWOL due to some busyness and some laziness. Time to get back on track and start putting these out. I was able to get on a rope for the first time this year this past weekend. I was able to sample two different crags for the first time. I’m always amazed at just how much rock is in this area. I’m truly lucky to live in an area that’s covered in sandstone.

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The Buffet Wall. Photo: Bob Butters c/o Roots Rated

In terms of performance, I’ve got a long way to go endurance-wise. I’ve been putting in some basic work, and had faint hints of some fitness, but the weekend was a big motivator to really get after it. Speaking of getting after it, let’s get after some bullet points.

The Bullet Points

There’s a reason Dan John considers a loaded carry one of the fundamental human movement patterns. Not sure about that? Read this article, and start carrying stuff. You may learn something.

If you aren’t recovering adequately, you’re not getting stronger. It’s as simple as that. This article had some interesting videos that describe some science behind recovery, and some novel ways to address how you recharge for your next training bout.

This article came out a couple weeks ago and I immediately tagged it as an article for one of these posts. Mark Anderson has been climbing and coaching for a looong time. There’s gold in these here lessons. Go find it.

The Brew

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Beer Geek Breakfast, Mikeller

Mikeller is a microbrewery based out of Denmark with a really interesting mode of production: They’re a gypsy brewery. They travel around and make their beers in various breweries. It’s an interesting concept, and apparently doesn’t affect the quality of their beer, as this one of the more highly rated stouts around. I’ve always been on the lookout for this one, and it finally appeared at one of the bottle shops around here.  (Thanks Sigler’s!). It pours an oily black with a finger of tan, thick, bubbly head. A very roasty aroma fills the room almost immediately, lots of malts and coffee. It’s roasty and rich, with a Russian Imperial stout-ish malt character in the taste, with some present but subtle coffee. It’s definitely different than the coffee bomb that is your standard coffee stout. The taste finishes out with a pleasant bitterness. On the palate, it’s as good as it gets for a stout, with a thick, velvety mouthfeel. It’s a delicious beer that lives up to the hype. Coffee and stout fans will enjoy this one immensely.

That’s it for this week.


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Strongfirst Kettlebell User Course

I’m excited to announce that the Strongfirst Kettlebell User course is coming back to Chattanooga! On May 27, Senior SFG Delaine Ross will be at Scenic City Strength and Fitness for an 8 hour workshop breaking down fundamental kettlebell skills. These skills lay the foundation for a lifetime of effective kettlebell training, so this course is not to be missed. You can find more information here.

Coaching

I deliver efficient and effective programming that gets the job done without demanding too much of your valuable time. I have some open spots for distance coaching, so if you are interested, please apply. You can find more information here.

Mailing List

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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 is held Tuesdays at 6:15 pm. It’s only 10 bucks and spots will be limited to ensure a great experience. If you are in the Chattanooga area and have always been curious about trying out kettlebells, it’ll be tough to find a better opportunity.

I also teach a class for folks who are more familiar with kettlebells on Thursdays at the same time. We will dive into some more advanced kettlebell movements and concepts, and push the intensity up a bit more than Tuesday.

You can check out the calendar and register online for any of these classes here. Each class is 10$. Hurry, because the spots fill up fast.

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The Readiness Manifesto

Note: This was originally intended to be a short piece. A few conversations that occurred throughout the period I worked on this coupled with the writing process that usually raises more questions than the original motivator morphed this article into one of the longest pieces of writing I’ve done. It details a large part of my training philosophy. 

If you needed to do something physically strenuous, right now, with no warmup, could you do it? Would you tweak something? Or are you ready to get after it?

I think it’s one of the most underrated qualities we can address in our training. There’s a lot of writing, research, and social media content about the “perfect warmup”. What happens if your training lays a lasting foundation that minimizes the need for an extensive warmup? Before you get all up in arms, please realize that I’m saying “minimize,” not eliminate.

3 separate, yet related aspects of physical conditioning need to be addressed to build a body that’s resilient to injury and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Our resiliency can be considered a bank account of sorts.  Everyday life, training, and performance situations all can be considered “withdrawals” from this bank account. What happens when we overdraw?

We get injured.

If we follow this logic, we need to make our bank account bigger by addressing Accessible Range of Motion, The Level of our Strength Skill, and our Conditioning.

Accessible Range of Motion

“If it’s important, do it every day”-Dan Gable

Adequate mobility is an absolute necessity for resiliency and readiness. Notice I didn’t say suberb mobility, but enough to get done what you need to get done. Vigilant mobility practice means daily mobility practice.

One of my favorite mobility drills is the Brettzel. It addresses multiple qualities including proper breathing, hip mobility and thoracic spine mobility. Thoracic spine mobility has a direct effect on our shoulder mobility. Structurally, the hips and shoulders allow greater mobility than any joint in our body, so it’s important to spend some time priming that mobility and developing the ability to control the movement of those two joints. This is a way to get that done.

I’ve been teaching this movement for a while now, but I recently learned a progression into the full Brettzel that I really like. It’s patient, and allows the individual to stop at the point that’s most beneficial to them. If we have to grit our teeth and force ourselves into a position, positive change is impossible due to the stress of holding that position.

The Brettzel Progression:

  1. Lay on your stomach, with your head on your hands. Inhale into your belly fully, and continue to inflate your chest. Relax and exhale fully. This is called crocodile breathing. Your goal should be expanding in a 360 degree area around your midsection. No chest breathing without expanding throughout the midsection as well.
  2.  Bring a leg up with the knee bent 90 degrees-ish to the side. The knee needs to be above the hip, for reasons I will address later. There will be space between that same side hip and the ground. Continue crocodile breathing and make that space smaller on every exhale. If you start holding your breath or straining, you are pushing into it too hard. Back off and relax into your stretch
  3. After a few breaths, bend the straight leg back from the knee. Reach back with the opposite arm and grab that foot. Continue crocodile breathing. On the exhale, gently pull that leg up and flex that glute. You should feel a stretch in the front of that hip. If you feel it in your back, stop. Concentrate on extending through your hip. Let the leg drop back down on the inhale. Repeat for 3-5 breaths (or more).
  4. Straighten your opposite arm, roll onto the side of your straight leg and use that arm to grab your knee. This is where the “knee above the hip” concept is important. If it drops below the hip, you will encourage movement through the lumbar spine. That’s bad. Don’t do that. We want to move through the thoracic spine only, so keep that knee above the hip.
  5. As you breath (still in the belly) relax into greater rotation on the exhale. Rotate through your upper back, and through the leg where you are grabbing the foot. Never force it. After 5-8  (or more) breaths, slowly release the tension to get out of the stretch. Don’t just let go.

At ANY point you feel a cramp, have to hold your breath, or feel you’re trying too hard, that’s your stopping point for the day. That’s where you need to spend some time (hint: probably more than one session) developing some mobility there. Be patient and work the process.

Here’s a video of the progression

 

An individual’s range of motion varies from person to person. Every movement, especially movements under an outside load have a cost. If said movement stays within our baseline range of motion, the cost of that movement is negligible. If we go outside of that accessible range, the cost starts to make an impact on our bank account. The bigger our baseline range of motion, the chance of that happening shrinks.

Strength Skill Level

High skill strength practice requires a few elements to be present. 1.) Multijoint movements 2.) A substantial external load to these movements 3.) The necessity for focus.

I don’t consider a bicep curl to be strength practice. Sure, you might increase the biceps ability to generate tension via nervous system adaptations or increasing the number of fibers in the muscle, but movement through just one joint has very little relation to the activities we do every day. We seldom interact with our outside environment via the movement of a single joint.

A lightly loaded or unloaded multijoint movement doesn’t qualify as strength practice in my mind either. For strength practice to increase our resiliency, the external load needs to encourage a high level of tension generated via the muscular and nervous system. As we increase our ability to generate high levels of tension, what used to be hard becomes easy. We need to use high amounts of tension less frequently as we go throughout our day.

Motor Control is often overlooked in the quest to build strength. This involves the demonstration of strength coupled with timing and coordination. Again, frequent practice helps develop this quality. In a controlled training setting, we have the opportunity to mindfully practice coordination, timing, and fluid movement.

What’s a movement that involves multiple joints, external load, and the necessity for mindful movement? The Turkish Get Up is an unparalleled example of a movement requiring all of these components.

 

Addressing the components of multijoint movement, training under external load, and focused practice develop our skill of demonstrating strength. As we improve this skill, the demands of everyday life stop encroaching upon this threshold. The further away from that threshold an outside demand resides,  the smaller our withdrawal from our resiliency bank account will be.

Conditioning

Our body has 3 basic energy systems. Aerobic, Lactic/Glycolytic, and Alactic. Although all three work together, the needs of each individual situation dictate which system is utilized the most.

Our alactic energy system is responsible for short duration, explosive activities. A short boulder problem, exploding into a double leg takedown or throw (pick your favorite japanese throw name, judo folks) in a jiu-jitsu competition, or a short set of kettlebell swings or snatches are all examples of utilizing this system.

Our lactic or glycolytic system is where we “feel the burn”. A 400 meter sprint, enduro-route at the Red ( or any route over 50 feet for me, at this point in time), or the third overtime in the EBI finals in jiu-jitsu would all be heavily drawing from this system.

The last, and often overlooked system in terms of training is our aerobic system. Resting, recovery, “refilling the tank” and longer duration, low intensity work draw from this system. Hanging off of a jug and recovering on a route, holding someone in guard and recovering in a jiu-jitsu match, or resting between attempts on a boulder problem should all be windows where the aerobic system can do its job.

Ideally, from a longevity standpoint, it’s a good idea to expand the Alactic and Aerobic energy systems and not spend a whole lot of time in the Glyocolytic arena. It’s an incredibly stressful system for the body. A simple way to develop the “bookends” of our energy system is sets of swings on the minute.

For example: Do a set of 10 explosive, crisp kettlebell swings, and rest the remainder of the minute. 10-20 minutes of this will make up a great training session, and shouldn’t leave you too destroyed, if you selected the proper weight.

Throughout life, performance, and training, we rely on our energy systems to give us the fuel to go about our activities. If the respective system is not robust enough for the demands of a given situation, the cost to our resiliency bank account increases.

Which Category Do I Need To Address First?

It’s important to realize the concept of a limiting factor. Let’s invoke the all-knowing wikipedia:

“Limiting Factor- an input or variable in such that a small change in it from present value would cause a non-negligible change in an output or other measure of system”

Time is a non-replenishing resource. We don’t get it back. Therefore, it’s ideal to find how to make the most effective change with the least amount of time and effort involved. If one method makes a given amount of improvement in 2 days, while a separate method makes the same amount of improvement in 2 weeks, it’s a clear choice that the first method is the ideal method.

Here’s where we need to set our ego to the side. Sometimes, you may not be the best person to find your limiting factor. If you aren’t sure where you need to spend your time, you need to see someone who can tell you. This could be via a Functional Movement Screen, a Physical Therapist, a knowledgeable coach, a Muscle Activation Techniques specialist, a Chiropractor, etc. There are an insane amount of ways you could go about this. So many disciplines boil down to the same basic principles, so find one that works for you.

Our perception is subjective, and ideally, an objective system to find the limiting factor will provide more accurate results. Everyone is different, and to be honest, everything works. What matters is that you find a way to step outside of your own judgement, and objectively discover where you could make the most improvement in the smallest amount of time.

So take a step back and ponder this question: Could you get up and get after it right now with little prep? It might be time to put in the work so you can.

 


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Bullet Points and a Brew 12/20

Everyone enjoying the week leading up to Christmas? Clearly I am:

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Deep in thought, and full of Christmas Cheer

It’s busy one for me. My priorities this week are finishing up some coaching things, getting a great week of coaching on the floor, finishing up some Christmas shopping, and getting a good week of training in. I was able to get out to Rocktown last Friday and finally figured out a piece of beta on one of my long-term projects. I’ve got a ways to go, but it was nice to have some progress and not feel like I was just banging my head against the boulder.

Let’s get into the bullet points.

The Bullet Points

Crazy schedules make super complicated training difficult to do. When life gets nuts, how do you get done what needs to be done? What do you cut to make your training plans lean yet still effective? Dean Somerset opens a window into his thought process.

Not quite an article, but chock full of some good information. Eric Cressey works with a large number of professional athletes. A majority of these athletes are baseball players with arms that are literally worth millions of dollars. When he puts out some information on arm care, I make sure I listen. “30 Days of Arm Care” was a series on social media he shared and finished up recently. I’ve included the hash tag link for twitter. You can also search the same hashtag on instagram. Look through it. It’s got some gems.

I’m a fan of Reddit. It’s a great way to learn things of all sorts. The Climbharder subreddit is packed full of information and discussion. This thread is full of insights, viewpoints, and discussion about the importance of technique, importance of strength, which one is more important, etc. Check it out.

The Brew

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The Lizard of Koz, Founders Brewing Company

An Imperial Stout brewed with blueberries, chocolate, and vanilla, and then aged in bourbon barrels. It’s quite the beer. The Lizard of Koz pours black with a thick, bubbly tan head. Bourbon and chocolate fill the aroma. Chocolate, vanilla, and very prominent blueberry make up the flavor. A slight hint of bourbon is present, but the bourbon is surprisingly subtle considering how strong it was in the aroma. Mouthfeel wise, it’s very thick and savory, just how a dessert beer should be. Definitely a beer to share, as it’s a bit much after a glass, but one glass would be a great end to a great meal.

 

 

 


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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 is held Tuesdays at 6 pm. It’s only 10 bucks and spots will be limited to ensure a great experience. If you are in the Chattanooga area and have always been curious about trying out kettlebells, it’ll be tough to find a better opportunity.

I also teach a class for folks who are more familiar with kettlebells on Thursdays. We will dive into some more advanced kettlebell movements and concepts, and push the intensity up a bit more than Tuesday.

You can check out the calendar and register online for any of these classes here. Each class is 10$. Hurry, because the spots fill up fast.

Bullet Points and a Brew 11/15/16

How’s your week been so far? I was planning on climbing yesterday but ended up resting due to shredded skin from an awesome day at Horse Pens 40 on Sunday. The weather was great, we were away from the smoke, and the psyche was high, due to a great crew. The first time I had ever climbed at Horse Pens, I was hurt. The second time, 3 feet of snow covered all the boulders. For my third trip, it was nice to just be able to climb. I was able to put down some harder (for me) boulders such as Litz Pocket Problem and Supernova. I also managed to fall off a boulder and have my pants catch me. So that was something interesting. Oz took some great photos during the trip. Check ’em out (or don’t) and then let’s get into the bullet points.

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Groove Rider. Photo: Oz Song
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Litz Pocket Problem. Photo: Oz Song
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Supernova. Photo: Oz Song

 

 

 

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When your pants climb harder than you do. Photo: Oz Song

The Bullet Points

Hip mobility and thoracic rotation are two movement qualities that many people lack. This drill hits both. Why not save some time? Check it out.

Recently, Dean Somerset and Tony Gentilcore put out a resource dealing with hip and shoulder training. I’m working through it, and it’s fantastic. This article deals with some items discussed in their product. It covers proper movement technique, explores some anatomy, and is packed full of information. Worth a read.

I stumbled across this article and got some information out of it. Another piece that involves some anatomy and functional exploration of the structures that allow us to climb. The wording can be a little awkward at times due to translation, but nothing ridiculous. Read it, and learn how to squeeze things harder.

The Brew

Beer For Breakfast, Dogfish Head Brewery

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This was an interesting stout. The folks at Dogfish Head crafted this dark beer with roasted and smoked malts, coffee, and scrapple. What’s scrapple? According to wikipedia,

“Scrapple, also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name Pannhaas or “pan rabbit,’ is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and wheat flour, often buckwheat flour, and spices.”

So…that’s an interesting thing to put into a beer. Guess what? It works out nicely.

It pours black with a tan, active head that dissipates quickly to the outside of the glass. This is a beer with a big, complex aroma of coffee, a hint of maple syrup, and subtle smokiness. It’s really nice aroma, nothing overpowers, and it all blends together well. It’s Sweet and smooth on the taste. Coffee comes first with maple syrup and a smokiness intermingled throughout. I’m not a big fan of smoked beers, but this is very subtle and deft. A light chocolate-ish sweetness is present as well. The label does not lie, this would be a fantastic breakfast beer!

That’s it for this week.


What’s Happening This Week

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Nutrition, Performance, and Strength Coaching

If you’re interested in nutrition coaching, strength training, or 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 15th, 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 17th 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.

The Beginning..

I’ve been talking about creating one of these for some time now. I am not a strong writer, but like everything, getting better at something takes practice. Time to stop talking about writing and start actually doing it.Maybe folks will eventually find it and read things, maybe it’ll just be a brain dump for me. Only time will tell…

These past couple months I’ve been test driving a Kettlebells for Climbers program. I’ve seen great results with both my strength and climbing this season. Earlier this week, I accomplished a long term strength goal of performing a Turkish Get Up with The Beast, a 48kg (106 lb) kettlebell. It was NOT easy, but I managed to do it without it looking ugly. As always, there are elements here and there that I would (and will) try to perfect, but I was happy to achieve that goal. Climbing-wise I finally completed my first double digit bouldering problem, Hustle and Flow (V10) at the climber-owned Hospital Boulders in Alabama. After essentially taking last season off, it’s nice to feel like a climber again.

I owe a lot of my climbing improvement to great advice from Kris Hampton and Nate Drolet over at Power Company Climbing. They’ve helped me structure my climbing specific training time during the week at Tennessee Bouldering Authority. I’ve gotten considerably more out of my sessions with less time spent at the gym, so it’s definitely a win-win. By the way, TBA is THE bouldering gym you need to climb at in Chattanooga. A great staff, fantastic setting, and there is always a good crew of climbers to keep the motivation high. I’m super lucky a facility like that is in my hometown.  Kris and I are collaborating on the previously mentioned “Kettlebells for Climbers” program which will be offered through the Power Company website along with a bunch of other great content already up there. Make sure you check it out.

Today, I started playing with some Bottoms-Up Kettlebell work. My shoulders have been working overtime lately and they’re starting to get a little cranky. I’m figuring it’s time to back off the weights and work on some stability. I kept it simple today, I set a timer for 15 minutes and did a 2-1-3 complex with two 16 kg bells. 2 cleans, 1 press each arm, and 3 front squats. I rested as long as I needed and didn’t rush it. I was focusing on technique more than anything else.

Here’s a snippet of what the middle of a set looks like (with just the right amount of screaming music)

I plan on sitting down and working out 4-6 weeks of a training plan and seeing where that takes me. It’ll also be interesting to see if there is any transfer from the increased grip demand to the upcoming sport climbing season. We shall see.

Well, this wraps up my inaugural attempt at writing a blog. I hope to try and make this a regular thing and who knows, maybe I’ll get better at it.

Until next time,

Paul