We believe that getting strong and healthy should follow a few simple ideas and guidelines. Let us explore what fitness means to us and how it might help you with your climbing or other fitness goals. Here's how:
Relative to the activity
Strength is the ability to withstand great force or pressure. We are made to adapt to the stimulus that we are presented. Our fitness training should incorporate mental obstacles as well as physical obstacles to prepare us for that which we train. Strength may refer to the ability to maintain posture through an ultra-endurance event, or it may mean maintaining structural integrity through a maximal effort movement. Mentally our training should introduce strengthening tactics that allow us to understand various needs of our activity such as producing maximal efforts or maintaining concentration through the duration of a movement of event.
All training and practice need to be specific to the person. A “training plan” is the base and should be adapted to the needs of the individual. Considerations may be – time to dedicate to training, extrinsic and intrinsic needs of training, consideration for stress beyond the coaching session or workout, physical modifications due to imbalances, past injuries, age, and body composition.
Simply stated, practice. Movement integration and motor learning is one of the most important aspects to expressing ourselves physically. Movements should be integrated with breath, attention, and visualization. This approach is true from Power lifting competitions to 50ks, from three move boulder problems to 1000 ft. ice routes.
Training should be for something. General fitness as a concept will only get you so far. Beyond that, motivation and need are dictated per the goal of training. This does mean we should get bogged down in complexities. Passion does not have to be event/sport specific, they can be expressed as simply as leading as healthy a life as possible, healing from an injury, or changing the way you look.
Both how to do it yourself, and to be better
The process should educate you. The process should teach you about yourself, teach you about health and lifestyle, and teach you how to carry on your own training so that you no longer must rely on another to lead you.
Don’t waste your time “fitnessing"
Training should not take up all your time. The minimal amount needed to produce an adaption is the best amount. Time is important for expression of our passions, and the needs of life beyond our passions.