Campusing, Stretching and PlanningThis past week has been hugely beneficial on a few different aspects. To sum it up, I’m continuing my campus training, I’ve started stretching and continuing to round out my 2013 season. I’ll start with the campusing because I know a lot of people have been waiting for this new video. Tonight, I’m going to the C.R.E.P.S training facility in Toulouse to film the whole training session. They put up a new wall in which I went to the grand opening and although I wasn’t climbing at the time, I saw they had an awesome campus board. I’ll be bringing my SLR to the gym tonight and devote a couple of hours to film the movie. I’ve picked out 10 or so exercises that I’m going to demonstrate; the exercises vary from being pretty easy and standard to a bit more technical with more precision and dexterity involved. I already did a filming session while in Vancouver but had trouble with the old school tape recordings so this time should be a breeze. The space I’ll be using will also be bigger with less people there I hope. Although I miss my home in Vancouver, I love living in France and traveling around Europe all year. [singlepic id=485 w=600 h=700 float=center] The second point that I feel is a big step in my training is stretching. I always tell people to work on their weaknesses and I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t start this. I’ve found that flexibility has actually hindered me in world cups and every time I get to a move like that, I always wish I was a bit more flexible. Now there are a few different types of flexibility and I’m not bad, maybe actually good, in some aspects. For instance, I’m comfortable putting my feet up very high or far whether it be a toe or a heel hook. I’m also comfortable putting my feet very close to my hands and initiating dynamic movement. Where I really fall behind is how far I can physically stem in a corner. At the beginning of this year, when I sat on the ground, I had trouble bringing my legs out past 90 degrees. When I was younger and training with the team, we had specific stretches that we would hold for 10 minutes to actually work on this type of flexibility I’ve now re-incorporated this into my training and I hold a specific stretch for 10 minutes after climbing every time I’m at the gym. Once I started doing it, it became part of my routine and I even look forward to it now. It’s easy to measure progress, but it goes so slow! The stretch I do is as follows:
- Lay on my back with bum against the wall and legs in the air
- Stretch my legs down towards the ground on opposite sides
- Hold for 10 minutes while re-adjusting further every minute or so
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