Stop Dreamin’ & Start Livin’

My dreams are not dreams.  Dreams are a figment of your imagination taking place in a fantasy world.  I do not dream, I visualize and predict my future.  These things do not just happen, I make them happen.  As my great friend and fellow coach always says, “there are two things you can control, your attitude and your effort.”  When acted upon those two factors in a positive light, your dreams will then become the visions of your future.  The way I see life is through fear.  I do not display my fear in most situations but it does exist.   Continue reading

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The Purpose of Vacation

If you were wondering why it has been a while since my last article, well that is because I was out in Colorado enjoying friends, family, climbing, a wedding and time away from reality.  Limited use of my phone and no computer while in the mountains was just what I needed to get away from the stressors of the big projects/life events I have going on.  While out in Colorado I was fortunate enough to enjoy the company of many great friends and acquaintances old and new.  I was able to escape my normal climbing/training routine and go to a less than conventional wedding (Hawaiian in the mountains) with life long friends.  I was also able to let my guard down and just climb anything with no agenda with the help of some friends whos lifestyle I applaud and adore. Continue reading

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Motivation

Looking back through my pocket journals is always helpful to keep my eyes focused on my true goals and passions.  Sometimes it is very easy to get sidetracked by instant gratification.  Or it is just as easy to get discouraged and loose sight of my aspirations due to the tribulations of life.  Staying focused and motivated over a long period of time is not easy and that is where keeping my notebook on hand proves useful.  For example lets go back to my entry on 3/1/14. Continue reading

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Specificity of Fitness Routines

If you played football and you were a receiver, you wouldn’t spend time throwing a football.  I suspect you would spend time catching, running routes, and learning plays.  The same is true for any sport, the truth being that you should train and practice in a specific skill building manor.  Before we continue lets be clear that a athletes fitness regime should include; training, practicing, and performing.  All are different but they all intermingle with one another.  Training is the act of strengthening specific muscles or skills needed to perform your sport.  Practicing is going through the exact motions you will encounter in your sport.  And performing is the time when you put all the elements together, game time.  Continue reading

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Affirmations to Reach Goals

Life is full of misguided adventures and desires.  There are vast amounts of things that we can pursue, achieve, explore and master.  The most important thing however is what you are doing right now.  If you continuously worry and look ahead to what is coming next or what you hope to achieve in the future, well then when and if that point comes you will not enjoy it thoroughly because you will then start looking ahead to the next thing.  Yes, at times you need to be planning for your future and set long term goals but in order to achieve those goals you must take action now.  Continue reading

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Earn your Rewards

eliIt feels great to wake up to the sun and not to the nagging buzz of the alarm, pure energy.  Getting on a good sleep schedule is a motivating way to start your day with the energy to move.  Working out and having the energy to climb right away will set a great tone for the rest of the day.  It may be the missing link to reaching higher limits and breaking through plateaus.

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Working out with the MWC

12814634_906329332268_1019114305502472656_n[1]This past Saturday (3/5/16) I had the pleasure to lead a workout for the Madison Women’s Climbers.  All 12 women came in with positive attitudes and were focused on learning new tips to help improve their climbing strength.  With spring right around the corner, the women were highly motivated to work hard in the gym in order to be prepared to climb hard outside.  The emphasis of the class was; injury prevention (shoulder mobility), core strength (suspension bands to simulate removing point of contact while climbing), and active rest (simulate resting on a long route to lower heart rate/pace of breath). Continue reading

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Climbing Training Plan (SCS summit team)

rin 2Below you will find the training schedule for the kids I coach on the Summit Team (Tuesday & Thursday).  For those of you that don’t know, the summit team is our highest level of three teams.  These kids range in age from 11-17 but they all share the common trait of dedication.  These kids are highly motivated individuals that can withstand and thrive on a intense training routine.  The days below are just days that they are in with my self and other coaches working in a group/team setting.  Some of the kids also have supplemental training plans prescribed by myself to work on during non team days.

Use this plan as inspiration for yourself to get into the gym to not just climb, but to TRAIN.  Spring is coming, put in the effort now so you can expand your tick list outside this spring and summer.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested in a individualized training plan to suit your climbing goals. Continue reading

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Random Thoughts From a Coach (part 2)

Over the years I have compiled various pages of wisdom to help motivate my self and the individuals I coach.  The paragraphs below  are not directly related to one another, but they all have a similar theme.  No matter what your goals, desires, or ambitions are, I am sure you will find something useful from this page and the subsequent parts to come.  Enjoy.

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