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  • Maximum torque for the send: Nutritional hacks for rock climbers.

    Maximum torque for the send: Nutritional hacks for rock climbers.

    Last October I bought a new motorcycle.It’s a 2018 Yamaha MT-09 (supposedly the ‘MT’ stands for maximum torque).It is a blast to ride.Super quick and yes . . . torquey.The first few days that I was riding it, I couldn’t get this silly grin off of my face.It was just so much fun.I raced motocross in my younger days, and this street bike actually reminded me of one of my race dirt bikes. Then the fuel light came on.Stopping at our local QT, I quickly filled up was off again. But it wasn’t quite the same.The bike didn’t feel as responsive.That’s when I looked at the little sticker by the fuel cap: PREMIUM UNLEADED GASOLINE ONLY.
    I had purchased a ....

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  • The Chair

    The Chair

    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” --Ernest Hemingway Have you ever noticed how much life happens in a chair? Your newborn is rocked to sleep in a chair. The student takes her math test in a chair. Couple’s plan their future in a chair. The corporate board builds it’s empire in a chair. All great campfire stories are told in a chair. Grandpa re-lives the good-ole-days in a chair. And we reminisce and remember those we have lost in a chair. Yet, chairs really don’t get the respect that they deserve. If someone spends too much time on one, we call that person a ....

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  • Poker, lady luck, and the power of altruism

    Poker, lady luck, and the power of altruism

    When I was a young boy of 10 or 11, my summers were filled with late nights hanging out in smoke filled hotel rooms playing five-card draw.You see my dad was a traveling salesman; and during summers, when I didn’t’ have school, he would allow me to travel with him.After a long day of calling on clients and eating truck-stop chicken-fried steaks, he would often invite over a number of his fellow salesmen for a friendly game of poker.And me being his “number one son” (meaning oldest, not favorite, although at those moments it felt like I was a favorite), I was privileged to partake in said games. I remember one such night.Lady luck was dealing the cards, and she ....

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  • Why your kid should be rock climbing

    Why your kid should be rock climbing

    We’ve all read the posts and seen the memes, reminders of how hard life ‘used’ to be (when we were kids) and how ‘easy’ it is for this generation.The implication being that all of our over protection and pampering and participation awards, while meant to strengthen our children’s self-esteem, might actually be harming it. And then there is the national addiction to electronic devices and virtual experience.We know hours-on-hours in front of a video monitor can’t be good, but what’s a parent to do? I mean, at least it keeps them quiet and out of the Tide Pods. Now don’t get me wrong.I love my iPhone and positive reinforcement and ....

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  • An interview with JohnPaul Seberger - Rock Climber

    An interview with JohnPaul Seberger - Rock Climber

    Three and a half years ago, this skinny 9 year old walked into our gym with his dad. He said he wanted to climb. He said he loved climbing trees. He said his mom told him our newly formed climbing team would be a good choice for him. I smiled politely (and maybe rolled my eyes just a bit) We signed him up for our climbing team. JohnPaul literally had no idea what he was getting into. Seems Mrs. Seberger knew her son pretty well, however. JP had found his soulmate. He became enamored with everything climbing. And if you also happened to like climbing . . . well you were instantly JohnPaul's best friend. I remember shortly after this, he walked up to our ProShop and purchased a quickdraw ....

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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