Balance

 Image from: http://www.climbfit.com.au/climbing_gym

Image from: http://www.climbfit.com.au/climbing_gym

 

Balance is key when rock climbing. You need your whole body in sync working together to ensure that you don't fall.  This is another skill that we teach in our rock climbing Adventure Ready series. 

"Rock climbing requires a lot of complex movements. You need to keep in balance and constantly find equilibrium from your torso and maintain proper body tension. You need to effectively use your hands and arms to pull, push, and keep that essential balance and not get so pumped that your arms give out and you fall off. You need to have proper footwork to push and propel your body up a rock face as well as use feet and legs to help stay in balance." (Taken from - thoughtco.com)

We've linked to a few articles below that offer great advice and tips on how to improve your balance specifically for rock climbing. 

1. 3 Climbing Drills for Balance

2. Climbing Exercise for Balance

3. Six Performance Tips for Rock Climbing

 

 

Jessica Devine Testimonial

A profound moment didn’t lead me to BAREfit Adventure Training. I hadn’t injured myself doing something really adventurous. Actually, that same year, I dropped my membership at a local gym because I was bored with the classes, tired of just being a number and over my lack of results. Without even knowing it, BAREfit was exactly what I had been looking for.

I met Rob, and possibly Curtis, at the Flea-Off Market in September 2014. See, I can’t even remember the details of the moment that has literally changed my physical and mental wellbeing. BAREfit was doing a drawing for a gift card, and a few days later, I received a call from Rob telling me that I’d won a free month of training. I’m pretty sure I tried to talk him out of choosing me as the winner because I was no stranger to what this style of exercise entailed; I’ve sat at traffic lights and watched in amazement while those people push themselves to extremes. Later I would learn there’s a difference between BAREfit and Crossfit. I showed up for my first session and thought that I was either going to be sick or pass out by the end of it. I went full-throttle that first session, and I haven’t looked back since. I stuck with it, and while the workout didn’t get any easier, I certainly got stronger.

In January 2015, I made it my resolution to always ask for more weight. This year, I decided to always take the high road during our Whim Day workouts. The high road is the more advanced movement during a BAREfit obstacle course, which is the main part of a Whim Day workout. I’m not such a weakling anymore; I find myself looking for adventure in and out of BAREfit because not only has it made me stronger, it’s increased my confidence. I attend three Pack Workouts each week and one personal training session each month with Curtis. Our personal training sessions have been invaluable to my success. Curtis has brought out my strengths and my weaknesses. He helps me work though movements so that I get the best workout and stay safe. He has literally pushed me to my limit and encouraged me to push further.

As of March 2017, I have lost 56 pounds. I know weight is just a number and doesn’t measure how strong I am, but I weigh more than I did in my mid-twenties (I’m 35, by the way) and wear a smaller size. BAREfit has enabled me to become my strongest self. I’m pretty sure I’ll survive if ever faced with crossing a river by traversing a log or swinging by vine to the other side. BAREfit Adventure Training helps me be me, a much stronger and healthier me.

Danielle Scholtens Testimonial

 

I've been coming to BAREfit for about 2 years. I started coming because after years of doing various videos for strength training I wanted to change what I was doing. I'd seen Curtis and Janae around (Curtis was usually wearing a BAREfit shirt) and asked them about it.  

The results that I've had since coming to BAREfit include increased strength and agility for sure. I would also say my overall confidence to try new things and having a general "yeah I can do that probably" or "hey I'll try that" in my other outdoor adventuring and daily life activities has definitely increased based on knowing what I can do at BAREfit. Coupled with a dietary change I've lost quite a bit of weight training at BAREfit. (30 lbs so far). 

I don't know if I can pick just one favorite thing because there are so many things that I love about it! One of my favorite things about BAREfit is the environment there. I really appreciate that no matter what someone's fitness level is they're always treated with the same welcoming attitude; there's no pretension for funky gym attitude there. You can always ask a question without judgement and because of the intentional smallness of the class size, you get the double whammy benefits of a fun class environment plus the benefit of having a personal trainer right there all the time.

 I always appreciate that even after 2 years I'm consistently sore after a workout. It's never boring! The workouts are always varied to create a really great workout year after year. I love that the classes are thoughtfully creative in order to benefit functionality in your regular life. 

It's my happy place!

Adventure Ready Series - Paddle Boarding

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Earlier this month, we started our third Adventure Ready series focusing on Paddle Boarding. During the 8 weeks going through March and April, we are incorporating a new skill about paddle boarding into our workouts.  You learn different variations of that skill on Push Days, Pull Days and Whim Days. 

The 8 skills are: 

  1. portaging/craft transport
  2. shoulder stability/control
  3. paddle stroke power
  4. balance
  5. core strength
  6. hip/torso mobility
  7. rescue skills
  8. craft remount

Then after the series ends we are hosting a big Paddle Boarding event to put these newly learned skills into action! 

 

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