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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - How to climb V9 in six months. Why some climbers progress at breakneck speeds.

    How to climb V9 in six months. Why some climbers progress at breakneck speeds.

    “ That is so cool. How do you do that? ” “ Wow!You’re strong!! How long have you been climbing? ” “ I am totally jealous of you right now. ” I probably hear some version of those comments every month or so. I must be awesome, right? (My mom thinks so).OK, maybe not. Actually it’s probably more representative that someone of my age is climbing at all (just wanted to get that comment in before you did).The truth though is that to a newer climber, even modest skill can look very impressive.However, after three years of running a climbing gym, I’ve learned to not let the praise go to my head.More often than not, those ....

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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - How Exercise Can Help You Fight Your Addiction

    How Exercise Can Help You Fight Your Addiction

    Recovering from an addiction is far more complex than just stopping the habit and showing up to counseling. You need to give yourself the tools to cope with withdrawal and for the hole in your life left behind by your habit. Exercise, with its myriad mental health benefits and its potential for an immediate feel-good rush, is amongst the best of these tools. How Does Fitness Help?
    There are several ways in which physical fitness can help when recovering from an addiction. The most obvious one is that intense exercise can create a “high” that can act as a healthy substitute for the high from a drug. According to Shape, you are more likely to experience this after ....

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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - The Importance of Hands (In Climbing)

    The Importance of Hands (In Climbing)

    If you have been in the gym for more than 5 minutes, you have probably heard me yelling at some one to use their feet either better or at all. I hear gumby-esque people telling it to their new friends and long time climbers screaming at their partners alike. So much easier said than done, right?! Every climber starts off trying to pull themselves up the wall with their minuscule arms. Most people have teeny tiny arms compared to their legs. We usually stand and walk around on our legs, not our arms. Our leg muscles are just bigger, so why do we always want to pull with the weak biceps? There is a switch in our brain that tells you “If I am going up I need to use my arms to pull ....

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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - Injury Prevention

    Injury Prevention

    Injury prevention is one of those things we tend to look past until we wind up hurt. Regardless if you are training for a big event, training to climb one grade higher, climbing for fitness or simply climbing for the fun of it, it’s always best to remember to take care of your body! Given the extreme load that we climbers place on our bodies, injuries are likely to happen; but with restraint and discipline, much can be done to prevent them. From the words of Benjamin Franklin “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” There are several ways to encourage the healing of micro-trauma between workouts. Eliminating inactive joint stress, stretching, massage, and icing ....

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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - 110% Determination: Keys to creating Olympic-style greatness

    110% Determination: Keys to creating Olympic-style greatness

    Have you been watching the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics? It’s just so fascinating to me to watch young athletes who have devoted their entire lives to being the best in the world at one thing. The focus, the determination, the commitment, the passion. It is nothing short of inspiring. And the power the Olympics have to bring a world together is nothing short of miraculous. One of my favorite parts of the broadcasts is when the network decides to show an athlete’s back story. So often we just assume that these kids were handed a magic wand that transformed them into something extraordinary. While it is true that many of them have exceptional natural talent; what sets them ....

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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - A lonely climber's tale of finding true love

    A lonely climber's tale of finding true love

    I remember it well. Feb 14, 1971. Valentine’s Day. THE day of the year to show that true love the depth of your adoration for the very ground that they walked on. Oh, and I WAS in love! Mary was her name. School teacher glasses, long wavy hair (black as midnight), quiet and shy in the cutest way. Today was the day that I was going to ask Mary to be mine – forever! I had held back no expense for my goddess. Carefully choosing the shiniest, most highly polished stone from my rock collection, I spent hours the evening before carefully setting it in a stunning golden ring that I had procured from the 25-cent gumball machine (that’s right, the one with the good stuff, not ....

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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - Super Bowl Focus: Eight lessons to take your climbing to the next level.

    Super Bowl Focus: Eight lessons to take your climbing to the next level.

    Who would have believed it? A second-string quarterback who had never won a playoff game prior to this year, on an underdog team, catches a pass in the end zone thrown by a tight end who had perfectly deceived the most successful team in the NFL by receiving a hand-off from an undrafted running back playing quarterback. And on 4 th down none-the-less! In case you missed it, that was probably the play of the night at Super Bowl LII as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots. What really got my attention during that play and the whole of that back and forth game, was Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles incredible finesse and focus the entire night. He was clearly in ....

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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - 5 ways to improve heart health - National Red Day

    5 ways to improve heart health - National Red Day

    You may have noticed our employees sporting red shirts at the gym today. That is because today is National Red Day. According to the CDC about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017) Go Red for Women advocates for more research for women’s heart health so Bliss is wearing red to help bring awareness to Wichita. As a fitness gym we have put together five ways you can improve your heart health! 1. Rock Climbing.
    I am sure you have figured out that rock climbing is an intense sport but ....

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  • Rock Climbing  in Wichita - Bliss Climbing and Fitness - Respect the toes, an essential climbing skill.

    Respect the toes, an essential climbing skill.

    Toes just don’t get the recognition that they deserve. On the very end of your body, they are the last to get blood flow and so also the last to warm up on these recent sub-zero mornings. Toes spend most their lives hidden in foot wear or terribly embarrassing stockings, get bumped and bruised daily, and generally have the fragrance of a rotting trout. Even for those who are lucky enough to receive the occasional pedicure, it is with the understanding not so much of creating beauty, but of diminishing ugliness. But don’t let their lack of sex-appeal lure you into a complacent feel as to their importance. I remember once when my children were very young, chasing my toddler ....

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  • Rock Climbing and Youth Programs in Wichita!


    Check out our new website for Bliss Bouldering And Climbing Complex!
    We proudly serve the Wichita, Andover, and Derby areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Rock Climbing, Youth Programs, Adult Programs and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook YouTube Instagram ....

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