strength training

Core Strength

Image from rockandice.com

Image from rockandice.com

A strong core is the backbone of rock climbing. It not only helps to sustain you on the climb but also helps your body and muscles work together. Your core is the center of balance and your stabilizing force. A strong core keeps you anchored to the wall. 

Let's get this straight - "core" does not mean abs. The core consists of all the muscles between the top of your thighs and your shoulders. These muscles are used for a variety of jobs, from breathing to helping you sit upright, to linking the muscles of the arms and legs in the "kinetic chain." This connection is what we're concerned with training. The core is critical to climbing not so much in initiating movement, but in preventing it. (from climbstrong.com)

These links below offer some helpful tips for growing a stronger core. 

1. 5 Exercises for Developing a Stronger Core

2. Core Training for Climbers

3. Drills to Build a Strong Core

Grip Strength

Image from Outsideonline.com

Image from Outsideonline.com

We are in the midst of our Adventure Ready series on rock climbing and each week we incorporate a rock climbing skill into our workouts. 

Grip Strength is our first skill. Why is grip strength important? It's our first skill to teach because it's one of the most obvious when you think of rock climbing. If you can't hold onto what you're climbing, you won't get very far. Finger strength is one of the most important skills needed in order to be a good rock climber. 

Grip strength is much more than just your fingers and hands though. It also includes your arm muscles. You need the whole unit to work together for optimal mobility and to reduce the risk of injuries when rock climbing. 

Here are some great resources for increasing your grip strength:

1. Finger & Back Arm Strength Exercises

2. Finger Strength Training

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.

Total Health Challenge

The Total Health Challenge is an interactive fitness program starting October 31 at BAREfit Adventure Training. 

The goals are to boost your metabolism, build superhero strength and feel health+awesome. 

The program includes a fun point system and social support to help you get the best results possible in 21 days.

Also, there’s no stress about wondering “what to do” – we break everything down into simple daily practices that are perfect for any age, skill level, or body type.

The Total Health Challenge is open to anyone in the Louisville area! If you're not already a member of BAREfit Adventure Training, this challenge is a great way for you to try our program for 21 days! 

Sign up today and learn more! - http://barefitchallenge.com