How I Coach

For the past couple of years I have had to privilege to work with a few extraordinary people within the realm of coaching.  Each one of them has brought a unique skill set to the climbing team in which not only the kids, but my self has benefited from.  I have learned many attributes that are not “teachable” from my fellow coaches.  Their presence is a joy to be around and it is inspiring to  observe the12087697_10205185106539438_4558443363855421555_o[1]ir approach to coaching since it is vastly different from my own.  When we asked Sam to work with the climbing team he was a bit skeptical and unsure since he did not have prior climbing coaching experience.  However myself and my fellow coaches knew he would be a perfect fit for the kids based on his ability to see the positive in all situations.  If you don’t know who Sam is, well then next time you are at boulders just look for the high energy, fun loving hairy guy that has more patience for kids than the mall Santa Claus.

Below you will read the account of coach Sam Carlson who works with all three levels of the climbing team.

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Cheat days & Guilt Free Treats

There is no such thing as eating perfectly.  I suspect most americans have cravings and temptations to grab a candy bar or sip on a soda every so often.  I am not going to be a drill sergeant and say you absolutely cannot touch that stuff.  However I will recommend that you ask yourself before indulging; is this the best option and what will I gain from consuming this?

Since living a life time of eating not so healthy food, it is going to be tough to completely give up all the potato chips, cake and gummy bears that we have grown to love.  That craving will always exist in some form (there is no escaping them either, unless you move to a place free from ads and checkout aisles full of candy). This is where cheat days come into action with your new healthy lifestyle.  On a Friday or Saturday night I will enjoy my favorite ice cream, pizza, beer or whatever it is that I didn’t eat during the week.  However I will keep the two questions from above in mind before consuming my favorite snack. Continue reading

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“Un-Plug”

The reason for the long gap between posts is in fact the topic of this post, I was on vacation and I unplugged my self from the “Grid”.  If you are not familiar with this term, well what I mean is that I shut off access and communication with anyone that I was not with in person.  No cell phone, no internet, no worries, no distractions.  By doing this I was really able to sit back, relax, appreciate and observe my new surroundings with all my senses. Continue reading

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How to deal w/ setbacks & Failures

It is completely ok if you want to live a standard life; work a secure 9-5 to get a pay check, weekends off to relax, a house in the suburbs, etc.  I am not bashing that lifestyle, it is just not for myself nor the people I surround myself with.  I want to continue to life a life full of adventure and achievement.  I want to continue to explore my limits not knowing where they can take me.  I want to be a entrepreneur. I want to continually push my ability rock climbing and snowboarding.  The reason this way of life can quickly become discouraging to many is because of the constant failures.  It is much easier to follow a path through life that promises security and immediate gratification.  However the individuals that are the most successful are the ones that fail the most.  The risk takers. They are people that know how to deal with setbacks and failures.

With that in mind I have some tips to help yourself deal with Failures.  However, whether you are a adventure seeker or not these tips apply to anyone because setbacks will occur in everyone’s life. Continue reading

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Getting back to Full Force

Three weeks ago, November 13th, I had surgery on my neck to remove a tumor.  Long story short, everything went well and I am recovering just fine.  A couple days ago I got back on the climbing wall for the first time in well over a month.  It was nice to just be able to move and pull on holds.  At times the temptation came across me make some big fun dyna10989098_728169067298413_6912101882090890887_n[1]mic moves or to try really hard boulder problems.  However my wisdom got the best of me and I refrained.  I held off because I have learned the importance of delaying gratification in order to achieve sustainability.  The one thing I did not refrain from though was letting myself contemplate my future success with training for climbing. Continue reading

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Recovery Days

Every goal that you work towards, you must include recovery or rest days into the equation.  Mental and physical exhaustion is a reality.  If proper rest is notIMG_0021 taken then”Burning out” is not a question of if rather a question of when.  In order to occupy yourself and take time off to chill out, you must stay motivated towards the main goal.  Keep long term sustainability in mind and learn to enjoy resting.  Continue reading

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Practicing, Training & Performing

When participating in any athletic venue it is easy to forget the importance of warming up and practicing.  It is to tempting to jump right into the heat of the battle because that is what is “Fun”.  However we must learn how to have fun practicing our craft.  There are three phases of involvement in your sport; training, practice, and performance.  All three are not mutually exclusive and all three should be approached with specific mind sets.  Practicing and training will not always be “fun” in fact at times it may suck.  However if you put in the effort practicing then you will earn your self some fun time when you are performing effortlessly at your highest potential.  In regards to rock climbing I recommend a few ways in which to warm up or “Practice your craft: Continue reading

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