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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Wellness is a journey

Go out and experience the world from your own perspective.  If you want to find your true calling in this life, then do just that, go out and FIND it.  Fear is just our perception of the unknown.  Love fear, it gives you something to challenge in order to discover that unknown.  Self-discovery is kick ass.  The only real fear is to fear not discovering the unknown.  So go out, take some risks, discover the unknown, travel the world and risk living a vagabond life in order to see what life is all about.  Experiences are well worth the fear and they are all part of bettering your well being.

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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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Random Thoughts From a Coach (part 1)

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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Figure out “YOU” before figuring out your workout

 

I have witnessed many people (myself included during my uneducated rambunctious teenage years) train with the philosophy of going 100% all the time.  If you are not working out every chance you get and at a high intensity all the time, then you are missing an opportunity to get stronger.  WRONG.  You are gaining an opportunity to decrease achievements over time or worse, get hurt and hence lose out on a lot more. Continue reading

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Stay Positive

Following a training plan or trying to reach goals can be a very motivating experience.  However at the same time it can  hinder our ability to live in the moment and to listen to our body or intuition.  Things don’t always go as planned (injuries or other opportunities) and it is easy to put on the blinders and ignore an opportunity or cause harm if we focus on  specific goals all the time.  It is especially hard to convey this message to  young aspiring athletes which are passionate about training for their sport, but cannot due to injury.  The best I can do to help anyone like this is to pass along my words of wisdom.  For that I went back to the archives (my notebook prior to having this site) and found a entry I wrote to keep my self motivated through a similar situation. Continue reading

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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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