March 30, 2016

Episode 45: The Anderson Brothers on Training for Rock Climbing

Upon getting back into rock climbing after a 17 year hiatus, I quickly discovered Mark & Mike Anderson's contribution to training for the sport in the form of The Rock Climber's Training Manual.  

The Anderson's book reinvigorated the climbing community to turn again towards specific and measurable training, and these guys led the charge to re-focus training efforts on hangboards.  

Hard work is something you practice.

After reading through it I realized that these guys were demonstrating more than just an interest in training, this is total "pursuit of excellence" material.  

In this episode of the Paleo Treats podcast we talk about where they learned about hard work, why climbing satisfies so many human cravings, and what stops most climbers from becoming better.

We dove into the benefit of feeling "not good enough" and how you can leverage that chip on your shoulder. 

This is definitely not a "sets and reps" episode; if you're looking for specific training advice, buy the book.  :)

Most climbers try too hard too quickly.

However, if you're looking for practical examples of what works to improve anything, not just climbing, you'll find enough in here to inspire and encourage you to do the very best you can in whatever endeavor you engage in.

We also get into some geeky cutting edge training tools at the very end, including using Peltier cooling to increase friction on hangboards.  Geek alert!

Success came from technique & endurance, not talent.

There is some static in the lines throughout the show that I couldn't get rid of, bear with me as I slowly figure out the keys to audio excellence.


p.s. I'm supposed to send you over to iTunes and beg for a review, but really, if you like the show, share it with someone you think would find it interesting and helpful.  I'm not publishing these shows to make money or be an internet star, I'm aiming to share really useful information with folks out there gettin' after it.  -NFH

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Nik Hawks helps run the show at Paleo Treats. Fascinated by humans in all their strange glory, Nik is harnessed in and pulling hard in pursuit of excellence with the rest of the PT Crew. Enjoy!

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