Here comes a late-week edition! My training’s been interesting this week. I’m blurring in some more unilateral and core tension work to transfer into the climbing season, and at the same time doing a whole bunch of swings on the minute to peak my conditioning for my first Jiu-Jitsu tournament this weekend. It’ll be interesting! I’m stoked to get out on the mat and compete. How’s your training going? Ready for the season? Let’s look at some bullet points.
The Bullet Points
More and more climbers are taking up strength training. As they should. In this simple, yet incredibly helpful article, Steve shares some standards climbers should use to direct their training, and a sample plan. A great guide to those starting out, this should be read by every climber interested in building a strong foundation.
I’ve been using the 1/2 Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch and Push Up Position Plank for a while. These movements are a great way to get the mobility and stability necessary to pick up heavy shit. I like doing that, so it’s a good idea to prep the right way. Max Shank posted this video recently that contains some tweaks to supercharge your movement prep. I’m a BIG fan of these changes. You need to watch this.
I like Turkish Get Ups. I like heavy Turkish Get Ups. A bigger bell means that pressure on the forearm can be an issue. It’s worth your time to figure out exactly how you want to grab the kettlebell for a Turkish Get Up. I’d rather be focusing on technique with 100lbs over my head than being preoccupied with forearm discomfort. Here’s how to reduce or eliminate that pressure.
Alternate Takes #2- Dogfish Head Brewing Company
I forgot to take a picture of this one, but it was delicious. It’s a Belgian dark ale based off of DFH’s Raison d’etre, one of my favorite beers of theirs that has been disappointingly absent lately. They aged the Raison with grape must and brettanomyces. I got dark fruit flavors, fruity esters from the Belgian yeast, and some funky tartness from the brett. A great bridge from summer to fall. If you’re in Chattanooga, Bewhaus has it right now. Go try it.
That’s it for this week’s BPB! Have a great weekend.
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