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Mental Health and Training for Advanced Climbers

Mental Health and Training for Advanced Climbers

Let’s talk about competition and avoiding burnout. Competition can give you reason to celebrate. It can also give you reason to grieve. Give yourself 24-48 hours, to embrace your victories and reflect on the things that didn’t work this time. Then give yourself a play day to get right back to it. Have no expectations.

Look out for an inability to be content. Dopamine is addictive. It can leave you always seeking “What’s next?”, thinking “Do better! Keep pushing!”, pushing yourself to “Win again! Don’t fail!”

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Mental Health and Training for Intermediate Climbers

Mental Health and Training for Intermediate Climbers

It’s easy at this level to get caught up in grades and results. You have probably reminded beginners many times by now, not to get caught up in grades, especially in a gym. Remember the joy of climbing when you started. It gives you access to beautiful places; it keeps you challenged, both physically, and intellectually. Don’t get caught up in continual progression. Listen to your body. Seek coaching with plateaus. Being OVERly focused on goals can lead to frustration or burn out. Worse, it can lead to cheating when you have a must “win” at any cost attitude.

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Mental Health and Training for Beginning Climbers

Mental Health and Training for Beginning Climbers

For many experienced climbers, the fear of falling can still be a serious impediment to projecting. Learning to fall is one of the highest priority skills for newer climbers. It is one of the most difficult to improve upon for most of us. You can learn steps to help, but only if you practice them.

Remember that our fear is meant to keep us safe. Fear reactions are a normal and healthy part of our life. Fighting your body will not work. Simply ignoring or being in denial of these reactions will not work. Recognize what is happening in your body. Awareness of ones’ self is key to preventing a fear or anxiety response.

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3 Deadlift Variations You Need in Your Training Program

3 Deadlift Variations You Need in Your Training Program

Today let’s take a moment to talk about the Deadlift and why it rocks for building strength. This compound movement gives tons of bang for your buck; stronger bones & tissues, increased core stability and strength, stronger glutes (yay!) & posterior chain, and overall development of badass force and power production through your whole body. Also, there are a million and two variations to this lift so whatever equipment you have around you’ll be able to perform this movement in some form. The best part of a deadlift is that it’s basically another name for “pick up the thing” which is something that happens in our lives all day long (kids, shopping bags, moving furniture etc.) so working this pattern in the gym helps us out our daily lives. Proper form is key, the most common mistake I see is going too heavy too fast which puts your body at risk of injury. Take your time, increase the load slowly and have fun.

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The ATHENA System

The ATHENA System

We want you feeling strong, running faster, climbing longer, hiking pain-free; whatever your thing is we can help you do it with greater ease. Combining strength training and massage therapy we’ll help you build your best, strongest, injury-proof body. Proper movement assessment and technique evaluation with regard to running and climbing are the best way to find out where you can improve and become more efficient in your activities. When building any new program the first step is to set a baseline. Assessment sets a baseline and helps to create a system by which we can measure progress.

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Mental Health and Training for Advanced Climbers

Mental Health and Training for Advanced Climbers

Let’s talk about competition and avoiding burnout. Competition can give you reason to celebrate. It can also give you reason to grieve. Give yourself 24-48 hours, to embrace your victories and reflect on the things that didn’t work this time. Then give yourself a play day to get right back to it. Have no expectations.

Look out for an inability to be content. Dopamine is addictive. It can leave you always seeking “What’s next?”, thinking “Do better! Keep pushing!”, pushing yourself to “Win again! Don’t fail!”

read more
Mental Health and Training for Intermediate Climbers

Mental Health and Training for Intermediate Climbers

It’s easy at this level to get caught up in grades and results. You have probably reminded beginners many times by now, not to get caught up in grades, especially in a gym. Remember the joy of climbing when you started. It gives you access to beautiful places; it keeps you challenged, both physically, and intellectually. Don’t get caught up in continual progression. Listen to your body. Seek coaching with plateaus. Being OVERly focused on goals can lead to frustration or burn out. Worse, it can lead to cheating when you have a must “win” at any cost attitude.

read more
Mental Health and Training for Beginning Climbers

Mental Health and Training for Beginning Climbers

For many experienced climbers, the fear of falling can still be a serious impediment to projecting. Learning to fall is one of the highest priority skills for newer climbers. It is one of the most difficult to improve upon for most of us. You can learn steps to help, but only if you practice them.

Remember that our fear is meant to keep us safe. Fear reactions are a normal and healthy part of our life. Fighting your body will not work. Simply ignoring or being in denial of these reactions will not work. Recognize what is happening in your body. Awareness of ones’ self is key to preventing a fear or anxiety response.

read more
3 Deadlift Variations You Need in Your Training Program

3 Deadlift Variations You Need in Your Training Program

Today let’s take a moment to talk about the Deadlift and why it rocks for building strength. This compound movement gives tons of bang for your buck; stronger bones & tissues, increased core stability and strength, stronger glutes (yay!) & posterior chain, and overall development of badass force and power production through your whole body. Also, there are a million and two variations to this lift so whatever equipment you have around you’ll be able to perform this movement in some form. The best part of a deadlift is that it’s basically another name for “pick up the thing” which is something that happens in our lives all day long (kids, shopping bags, moving furniture etc.) so working this pattern in the gym helps us out our daily lives. Proper form is key, the most common mistake I see is going too heavy too fast which puts your body at risk of injury. Take your time, increase the load slowly and have fun.

read more
The ATHENA System

The ATHENA System

We want you feeling strong, running faster, climbing longer, hiking pain-free; whatever your thing is we can help you do it with greater ease. Combining strength training and massage therapy we’ll help you build your best, strongest, injury-proof body. Proper movement assessment and technique evaluation with regard to running and climbing are the best way to find out where you can improve and become more efficient in your activities. When building any new program the first step is to set a baseline. Assessment sets a baseline and helps to create a system by which we can measure progress.

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