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Climber Problems: Shoulder Injury & Recovery

Climber problems shoulder injury: Today our friend and favorite physical therapist Kristen DeStefano is back! Last time she gave us a lesson on the A2 pulley strain and now she’s filling us with knowledge on shoulder injuries. The shoulder is a complicated place, so get comfy and prepare to be schooled. We ask a lot of our shoulders while climbing, so don’t forget to give a little back to them’. Climber Problems Shoulder Injury The …

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Nutrition For Climbers: 10 Tips For A Stronger Body

10 tips for a stronger body: Recently I had the pleasure of getting to spend a morning with Lisa Caldwell, nutritionist, chef, and climber (who you may remember from her post Nutrition for Climbers: Basics of Food). We spent some time climbing, split a snack, and then got down to talking all about food, one of her favorite subjects. I talked to Lisa about some of my concerns and also some of my not-so-great habits …

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How To Deal When You Are On The Injured List

How To Deal When You Are On The Injured List: The worst part about being injured is not the pain, but the mental game.  I have been at times overwhelming, in tears, thinking about the setbacks, how long it will take me to get back to where I was, and how much I just plain miss climbing, and the climbing community.  I was just starting to get super psyched on bouldering outside. That was new …

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Nutrition For Climbers: Basics Of Food

Nutrition For Climbers: Basics Of Food: Here at Crux Crush, we just love food. A big part of our weekly Ladies Night is that we cook for one another and enjoy a meal together after a night of climbing hard. But, with all the information that is available out there about what to eat, it can get really confusing (to eat gluten or not to eat gluten, etc, etc). On top of that, training for …

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Climber Problems: The A2 Pulley Strain

Today we’re tackling one of the most common climbing injuries: climber problems: the a2 pulley strain or tear. To school us on the topic we’ve recruited our friend and ladies climbing night regular Kristen DeStefano, who happens to be a super knowledgeable physical therapist and badass climber to boot. Read on for how to protect those hard-working and under-appreciated A2 pulleys. Check out our exclusive interview with two friends, here!!! The hand is easily the …

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Winning At Your Own Head Game

Winning at your own head game: I love the physical aspects of climbing – the burn after a quick, intense gym session or feeling completely spent after a long day at the crag. But for me, it’s the mental aspect that keeps me coming back. The “head game” adds a layer of complexity that I haven’t experienced with other sports and reveals much more about you than just your performance as a climber. Your head …

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Newbie Climbing Training: Power

In this piece of content, I will be sharing newbie climbing training tips, so stay tuned. When I first started climbing almost two years ago, Jackie Pettitt was my introduction.  A beautiful, bespectacled, tattooed, tiny brick s%$t house.  I walked into the gym for my basic safety course, and I remember her teaching me how to tie in, and being distracted by her impressive biceps, thinking, “Is this what I’m going to look like if …

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3 Training Questions All Climbers Should Ask

3 training questions all climbers should ask; Last week we brought you Three Training Myths for Female Climbers written for us by Steve Bechtel of Climb Strong. Today, Steve is back with three very important training questions climbers should ask themselves. Though they’re geared towards females, these questions definitely apply to guys too! So go ahead and know these 3 training questions: all climbers should ask.   Question #1: Am I Supporting Or Sabotaging My …

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Three Training Myths For Female Climbers

Today’s post was written specifically for our site by nutrition expert, performance coach, and personal trainer, Steve Bechtel. Long before the inception of Crux Crush, we were reaping the benefits of Steve’s articles and training advice on Climb Strong, and today we’re very excited to share his words of wisdom on three training myths for female climbers, specifically for females. Here’s what he had to say: Climbing is hard and training for climbing is even harder. Here’s …

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The Rock Climber Training Manual: Actually Following A Training Plan

The rock climber training manual: In the 7 years that I’ve been climbing, I’ve followed exactly zero training plans. It’s not that I didn’t want to get better at climbing, or that I doubted the training plan would work. The factors preventing me from training, any longer than a day, stemmed from a combination of motivation, commitment, and time management…that is, until reading the Anderson brothers’ Rock Climber’s Training Manual: A Guide to Continuous Improvement. …

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