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Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Featured, Tips | 0 comments

Yoga Series | Revolved Chair Pose

Yoga Series | Revolved Chair Pose

Revolved Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana) Climbers love to get cozy with the rock. If your hips and adductor muscles are juicy and flexible you can move in closer into the rock allowing more body weight to rest on your feet and less on your arms. Are your shoulders pulling forward from overdeveloped lats? Ah, you need a good chest and shoulder opener to balance out your ripped climber’s back. Revolved chair pose to the rescue. It is simple to do and has many benefits. • Strengthens hip flexors, the front thighs, adductor muscles (inner thighs), and gluteus muscles. • Strengthens and stretches calf muscles. • Opens chest, shoulders, and upper back. • Improves range of motion in ankles. • Increases proprioception (awareness of body position) in feet. Begin in mountain pose. Inhale and raise your arms perpendicular to the ground keeping arms parallel and palms facing inward. Exhale and bend your knees, taking the thighs as near to parallel to the ground as possible as if you’re sitting in an imaginary chair. On an inhale, bring your palms together...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

Yoga Series | Side Plank Pose

Yoga Series | Side Plank Pose

Side Plank Pose Every climber can benefit from having a strong core. From the moment you leave the ground, it’s what keeps you balanced and stable on the wall. Planks are one of the best exercises for building core strength. Along with strengthening the arms and wrists, the side plank variation enhances stability. The full expression of the pose, with the top leg lifted, strengthens the backs of the legs and further increases arm strength and balance. Start in plank pose with shoulders over wrists, creating a straight line from the crown of your head to your heels keeping your shoulders away from your ears. Take a few deep breaths here then roll onto the outside edge of your foot to come into side plank. Stack you feet and align your hips and shoulders to create a straight diagonal line from the crown of your head to your feet while pressing your feet into the ground. Extend the top hand up and reach up towards the sky. Engage your...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Featured, Gear Reviews | 0 comments

Gear Review: La Sportiva’s TC Pro Rock Climbing Shoe

Gear Review: La Sportiva’s TC Pro Rock Climbing Shoe

If you’ve climbed with me in the last couple of years I’m pretty sure you’ve heard me rave about my magic rock climbing shoes. They are La Sportiva’s TC Pro. I love them! Developed in collaboration with Tommy Caldwell, these shoes are touted by La Sportiva as the ultimate technical Yosemite big wall free climbing shoe. Ok, I’ve never climbed a Yosemite big wall so I don’t know about that, but I do know that they are an awesome all around climbing shoe even for semi-rad climbers like me.  What I like most about the TC Pro shoes is their all-day comfort, superior edging and solid smearing capabilities. These factors played a huge part in boosting my climbing confidence and made harder climbs much more enjoyable for me. The slightly pointed toe and stiff edges have amazing purchase in the smallest pockets and on dime sized edges. Plus, padding in the toe box and ankle provide a bit more protection on foot jamming crack climbs. Sockless climbers will also...

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Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Featured, How I Started Climbing, Personal Stories | 5 comments

The Making of a Rock Climbing Yogini

The Making of a Rock Climbing Yogini

Yoga and climbing just go together. It’s a beautiful symbiotic relationship. Both increase balance, core strength, flexibility and mental discipline through a series of fluid movements and holding contorted positions all the while breathing in a controlled rhythmic fashion. Plus, yoga has the added benefit of helping to prevent injury by stretching muscles and increasing range of motion. My yoga journey began 15 years ago with a VHS tape and a yoga mat. Growing tired of the gym and my step aerobics routine, I was looking for a low impact workout with a little bit of stress busting on the side. I read about Ali McGraw’s cinematically produced Yoga Mind & Body video in Shape Magazine. That seemed to be the ticket. I immediately fell in love with the video. At first I could barely keep up with the yoga, but the hypnotic soundtrack and white sand desert and blue sky backdrops kept me interested day after day. I knew with practice I’d get closer to being as bendy...

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