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  • Falling In Love All Over Again - By Sponsored Athlete Rachel Carr

    rachelcarrFalling in love all over again.

    I’ve always been a very competitive person, which is not something I'm very proud of. I find it makes me compare myself to others far too much. Instead of using grades as my benchmark I've often used others, in competitions, in training and more recently outdoors. I have struggled to get past this competitive streak and become more at peace with my climbing. Only recently was I able to walk away from the addictive nature of comps and instead focus my attention outdoors. I had heard talks from people like Mina-Leslie Wujastyk about her journey from competitions to the outdoors and how it had completely changed her outlook. Although her strength to move away from it all inspired me, I had never considered that I would end up doing the same. It was only after completing my final year as a junior on the British team that I realised climbing outdoors might be an alternative option. Being on the team and competing in Europe meant that most if not all my holiday time at work was used in order to go to these comps, and at the time I saw no issue with that. Now that I'm using that time for trips that last weeks rather than days, and I'm walking away completely satisfied and happy every time, I realise that I may not have enjoyed competitions as much as I once thought. Continue reading

  • Bodypower Expo 2017 Returns!

    The weekend of Friday 12th May 2017 through to Sunday 14 May 2017 sees the return of BodyPower Expo at the NEC, Birmingham. When I discovered the exhibitors to the event, I knew this event was huge in the international fitness market. My favourite Brands such as Optimum Nutrition, Grenade, Alphalete and BPI will all be there with many more fitness brands.

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  • Our Athlete Joe Swales On Juggling Being A Climber Vs. Being A Student

    January this year (2017) was one of the busiest times of my university career. Having just received my first 3 month meso from coaches Tom and Dave at Insight climbing, it was nose to the grindstone, time to get STRONGER!! However, things were not as simple as they appeared. The uni had thought it would be a giggle to throw me 6 exams (like 6 parties but full of stress and anxiety rather than beer and fun), summing to a third of my entire degree. Great. Continue reading

  • What Is Liquid Chalk

    Liquid Chalk is an advanced formula designed to enhance grip both on your hands and feet. Not only does it enable a stronger grip, but it lasts longer than other weaker forms of chalk and dries much faster and reduces sweat. 

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  • Sponsored Athlete Connor Dickinson's Summer In Yangshuo Climbing Moon Hill

    This year was the first time I spent the summer in Yangshuo and with temperatures reaching to the high 30’s, (90+ degrees for those across the Atlantic), climbing conditions where not exactly what you would call ‘primo’.

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  • An Update From Our Sponsored Athelete, Joe Swales

    Joe SwalesBack to training. For a while now I’ve been looking to get back into competition climbing, it’s not that I ever left competitions but more I just had few opportunities to compete in them. After leaving the junior comp scene a couple of years back it almost appeared as though there weren’t as many comps for seniors as there were juniors, which to a certain extent is true. The junior comp scene offers several national comps a year, almost small milestones throughout the year to train for amongst different trips. However, when approaching senior comps, unless several local comps are enough to keep motivation high the big competitions are few and far between so if for any reason you can’t make one, the wait to the next one feels like an age. So although I still turned up to comps and tried hard, I never trained specifically for them, so in a way I wasn’t really as bothered. To further this, I feel like I had also forgotten why I was competing. I was competing because “I’m a comp climber” and “that’s my discipline, it’s what I do”, when really I needed time out of training and to just go climbing! I think it’s very easy to get caught up in training and phases and different cycles and lose sight of why we actually climb, train and compete. Continue reading

  • Our Athlete Rachel Carr Tests Her Limits At Font

    rachelcarrFont! It’s a uniquely beautiful place both in terms of its scenery and its climbing. Every time I leave, I know I need to return. My previous visits have always been rather short, a week at the most, but this year I planned for slightly longer trips to give myself a better chance at climbing hard; boy did I need it! At Easter I managed to climb my highest number of blocs yet, and managed to push my grade from 7B to 7C, and visit many new areas. I had an amazing trip with lots learned after getting to spend so much time on Font’s beautiful, testing sandstone. This October I hoped for the same!

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  • World University Championships As Written By Our Sponsored Athlete Jennifer Wood

    With the recent addition of sport climbing to the 2020 Olympic Games schedule, combined events such as the University Internationals are a great way to get a taste of this new, proposed format. This year the World University Championships took place in Shanghai, China, a pretty exciting experience for all of us.

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  • What is CrossFit?

    CrossFit is a fitness company, exercise style and competitive sport incorporating elements from high intensity interval training. This incorporates gymnastics, calisthenics and strongman. Strict CrossFit enthusiasts will follow ‘workouts of the day’. These are known as WODS. This tends to be following a three day on, one day off format but most gyms will run their own programming, incorporating strength and skill work.

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  • How To Pick The Right Gym

    There are thousands of gyms in the UK today, all offer a variety of facilities and services. Finding the right gym is important, you want to feel motivated and you’re getting value for money. My gym is my second home, I am comfortable in there and I’ve met lots of friends who I can train with.

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