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Ep. 146: Boards vs. Spray Walls with Will Anglin and Michael Rosato of Tension Climbing

A home wall can be an extremely valuable tool to have at your disposal. Deciding to have one is easy, but that one decision will open up a world of damned near impossible to make decisions. Set board or spray wall? If a board, which one? If a spray wall, what angles, what density, WHICH GRIPS??

So. Many. Decisions.

In this episode Nate and I sit down at Tension Climbing to talk with Will Anglin and Michael Rosato about the first of those impossible decisions - board or spray wall. They have both at their disposal at the Tension Climbing Center, so they intimately understand the benefits and challenges of each.

One of those challenges is that it can be tough to fit a set board into many homewall user spaces. Tension has come up with a solution - their SHORT (H:10ft x W:8ft) and SHORT AND NARROW (H:10ft x W:5ft) “crops” of the Tension Board. It’s essentially the same set, just cropped to a smaller dimension with it’s own set of problems in the Tension App. These guys just keep innovating.

Learn more about the new Cropped Tension boards at:

https://www.tensionclimbing.com/product/tension-board-sets/

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 145: Intentional Climbing Community with The BlackHeathens

"A room full of superheroes" is how this conversation was described by an Australian climber at Mt. Arapiles. He's not wrong. In this episode I sit down in Blackheath at the home of Tom O'Halloran and Amanda Watts with a who's who of Aussie climbing to discuss the idea of Intentional Community. Besides Tom and Amanda, we talk with Lee Cossey and Andrea Hah, Lee and Sam Cujes, Julian Saunders, David Brailey, and Vince Day. While we're missing a few key Blackheathens, we got a pretty good representation. 

Stick around to the very end! 

You can find the Baffle Days podcast HERE and HERE

Connect with Amanda Watts nutrition services HERE

Check out Day Gallery HERE

Connect with Dr. J - Julian Saunders HERE

Everyone on Instagram at:

https://www.instagram.com/tom_ohalloran

https://www.instagram.com/a.mandawatts

https://www.instagram.com/leecossey

https://www.instagram.com/andreahah

https://www.instagram.com/flashandsass

https://www.instagram.com/david_brailey

https://www.instagram.com/leecujes

https://www.instagram.com/day_gallery_blackheath

Ep. 144: Board Meetings | Top 5 Reasons Hangboarding is Important

Hangboarding is overrated, but it's also important.

Please, for the sake of all that is good in humanity, listen to Episode 143 before you listen to this one. Every time someone listens to this episode out of order, the climbing gods will remove the obvious start to another undiscovered classic boulder. Don't let this happen! 

In this episode Nate and I sit down to discuss the antithesis to the previous episode. Hangboarding is important.

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 143: Board Meetings | Top 5 Reasons Hangboarding is Overrated

Yes, you read that correctly. OVERRATED.

In this episode Nate and I sit down to discuss the top 5 reasons why one of the most popular forms of training for climbing is simply being blown out of proportion. Sue me. 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 142: Moonboard Benchmarking with Ravioli Biceps

I'm fairly sure I've gotten more DMs asking when this episode is coming than any other. And it's a good one. 

Today's guest is Moonboard legend Ravioli Biceps - the first (and currently only?) person to send all of the Benchmarks on the 2016 Moonboard set. We discuss his history with the Moonboard as well as his struggle with the transition to identifying as a "Moonboarder". We also find out about the genesis of the name Ravioli Biceps. 

Legend. 

To see the shirts mentioned in the episode go HERE.

To buy the shirts go HERE

Find Ravioli Biceps on Instagram HERE. 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

 

Ep. 141: Is It Really A Plateau? with Lee Cujes

Sometimes you're improving, but the grades don't reflect that. Does that mean you're on a forever plateau? 

In this episode I sit down in the Red River Gorge with Aussie legend Lee Cujes  - really just to learn more about him. We didn't have a specific direction we wanted to go when we sat down. I just knew I should turn the mic on and ask him questions. 

Besides being always stoked for climbing and training, Lee also has an incredible outlook on progression and doing it his way. An outlook that a lot of us could take a piece away from to improve our own. 

To learn more about Lee and his history, be on the lookout for an Enormocast episode coming soon and listen to this excellent episode from Aussie podcast Baffle Days. 

You can find Lee on Instagram at www.instagram.com/leecujes

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

Register for the Performance Climbing Coach seminar at www.performanceclimbingcoach.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 140: Board Meetings | Top 5 Reasons Climbers Should Use Kettlebells with Paul Corsaro

In this Board Meeting, Nate is temporarily replaced by our Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Corsaro. Paul is a kettlebell expert (among other things), and has converted me. We discuss our top 5 reasons for continuing to use kettlebells in our own training as well as in programming for our athletes. 

You can find our Kettlebells for Climbers plan at https://gumroad.com/l/LNxaD

You can find Paul at www.cruxconditioning.com 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 139: Damage Control in Chaos with Lee Cossey

If Australian Lee Cossey lived in North America, he’d be a name mentioned alongside Tommy Caldwell and Sonnie Trotter as one of the best all around climbers on the planet. That’s because he IS one of the best all around climbers on the planet. For some reason, despite the internet making information easy to share, we in the US are largely blind to what else - or who else - is out there.

Lee has not only established and climbed 5.14+ and hard double digits boulders, he’s also freed several El Cap routes - done in a single push with no fixed ropes - and climbed huge Patagonian walls (Riders on the Storm). He’s also a physio and climbing coach. And husband. And dad. Lee’s wife, Andrea Hah, who makes a cameo in this episode, is an exercise physiologist and bonafide badass herself - maybe Australia’s best female all around climber. She and Lee own and operate Move Clinic, a one stop shop for keeping and making athletes strong and healthy, as well as Camp Street Climbing, an adjoining climbing gym, both located in Katoomba.

I sat down with Lee at his home in the Blue Mountains to discuss some of his philosophies as both a coach and as one of Australia’s strongest (and best) climbers. He’s a legend around there - deservedly so - and like so many legends in this sport, you’d never know unless someone else pointed it out for him.

I’m here to point it out.

If you're in the San Francisco area, come and see us at Bridges Rock Gym. Register here: https://www.bridgesrockgym.com/events

If you're in Minneapolis, come and see me at MBP. More info at: https://minneapolisboulderingproject.com/hot-august-nights

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 138: Endurance Climbing with Dru Mack

Honorary co-host Dru Mack is back in the building, and this time we're talking about what might be Dru's bread and butter - endurance climbing. We both learned to climb in the Red River Gorge, an area famous for it's steep, pumpy climbing, so we both think we're experts on the subject, and we both believe that many of today's coaches are getting it wrong. 

We're also, concurrently with this episode, dropping a training program that Dru and I have spent the last week building specifically for people who are going to be heading to the Red River Gorge - though it can be useful for trips to anywhere with the same pumpy style. Red River Pump Prep is an 8 week online group training program, complete with video descriptions for each workout as well as a group chat with both Dru and I for the duration of the plan. There are only 25 spots available! You can find out more at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/pumpprep

You can find Dru at www.drumackclimbs.com and on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/drumack5

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 137: Board Meetings | Top 5 Barriers to Outdoor Climbing Improvement

In this episode Nate and I sit down to discuss an important topic - the top 5 reasons why people who train and train and train still can't improve their climbing outdoors. It can be a struggle - there isn't a 1:1 return on training investment, particularly if you don't have a few key things in place. 

Do you fall into one of these categories? If so, level up! 

You can learn more about our Bridges Rock Gym Youth Team Workshops at https://www.bridgesrockgym.com/events

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles.