Get Fit with Summit: Ben Jensen shows us how to train opposition

For anyone with the dreaded "boulder shoulder" hunch, you gotta know the importance of opposition training! It will improve more than just your posture: training the antagonist muscles opposite of the ones we use most often during climbing will improve your climbing performance as well! What's not to love? Check out some basic opposition training exercises as taught by our fitness extraordinaire Ben Jensen — some you can even do at home!

SBS season closer and Denton's first-ever comp — final scores and pictures

Thanks to everyone who came out last Friday night, for the last competition of our Summit Bouldering Series 2015 season! It was also the first comp we have ever held at our brand new Denton location, and I think it's safe to say we christened the place.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself — 5 tips to help prevent climbing injury

Tis the season for the weather to start getting cooler, and for us to start spending a lot more time climbing inside. Which is not necessarily a bad thing since we now have 4 locations to choose from for your plastic-pulling pleasure, but you guys better be careful that you're not steering yourselves towards injury with your training and climbing habits! There are many obvious ways to avoid injury in the gym — like not jumping headfirst off of Big Tex after every send, for example, or not starting fistfights with your other fellow climbers in the parking lot. 

Meet your Manager: Adam Hughes, GM of Summit Denton

f you ever need advice on handstands ... then Adam Hughes is your man. Former assistant manager at Summit Dallas, this handstand master has recently taken over duties as the General Manager of Summit Denton, after its official opening this past Monday. If you don't understand what I mean by the handstands ... just spend some time at our new gym and you'll see Adam serenely bust out a few in his down time, when he isn't busy running Summit's first-ever built-from-scratch gym. 

SBS Comp #2 at Summit Dallas: final rankings and photos galore

t was a very full house last Friday night during our second Summit Bouldering Series competition of the season, at Summit Dallas! We nearly floated five kegs (totally nuts, you guys) and had an exciting finale round on Big Tex, with Dallas climber Tanner Merkle and Arizona climber Mary Fox both flashing their final problems for the win in men's and women's! We've got final placements posted and hella photos, so take a look and see how ya did, and how ya looked doing it! Hint: you looked good.

Denton location update: the walls are up, and here's a sneak peek. SHH!

We are getting ready to clip the chains on our new Denton location! Walltopia has done a more than amazing job getting the walls up, and they are looking sweet! They're super tall and super steep, with crazy angles galore for y'all to pump yourselves out on.

Witness the Fitness: a quick video of some hangboarding tips on our new hangboard station!

If you haven't been by our Carrollton location recently, we've added a really great training area upstairs! We got weights, bars, hangboards, and a bench — pretty much everything you'd need to get dat fitty (aka get fit!) To show you how to best utilize our brand new hangboard station, we made a quick little training video, on the basics / dos and don'ts of hangboards! Check it out, and add some hangboard training to your regimen!

Meet your Routesetter / Coach: Ellis Whitson, Summit routesetter and coach for Team Texas

I know you guys have definitely seen him around, since between coaching and routesetting, Ellis is basically at one gym or another ALL THE TIME. He's a busy guy for sure, but always worth chatting with for a moment, even if it's to just get some beta from him. He's one of those guys whose beta always works, even when you insist it won't. HE ALWAYS KNOW BETTER! 

SBS Season Opener at Summit Carrollton: final scores and photos

Thanks to everyone who came out last Friday to our first Summit Bouldering Comp of the season! You guys made it truly an awesome event. We've got everyone's final scores and standing calculated, so come check how you stacked up in your category! 

You Know You're a Climber When : 30 tell-tales that you're a rock climber.

A lot of us don't realize the effect that climbing has had on our lives until we think about how normal people going about their daily business, i.e. not crimping on EVERYTHING and not putting one single sticker on their car. We climbers are a unique bunch, and we're not shy about just doing our thing! Here are some of the 30 subtle, and not so subtle ways that climbers make themselves be known. 

Know your Party Thrower: Caillin Murray, Summit Social Media and Events Coordinator

This weeks blog post can't be brought to you by our normal writer, cause ... well it's awkward to interview yourself and write about yourself. "Meet Caillin: by Caillin. As dictated by Caillin, About Caillin. #imawesome"  So I'm (Retail Manager Trevor) stepping in for the week so you can meet the lady behind the scenes. Chances are you have seen her pecking away on her laptop at the different gyms, but maybe never knew what she did or if she even actually worked there, (I mean, does she?) She does and her are some things you should know! 

They Came, They Saw, They Conquered for 12 Hours Straight: a recap of our 12HSS comp

It's been almost two weeks since our 12HSS competition, and it was totally nuts — to put it the most mildly. Over 50 teams (and over 100 climbers) climbed for 12 hours straight at three different gyms, and made thousands of sends, and climbed for miles — literally. In this post we've got a collection of what everyone climbed, how far, and their total points as well as their standing in their category. Towards the end we'll have a mini-photo album, collected from all of your Instagram photos! Here's the run-down of just how impressive all that climbing was: All in all, competitors climbed 41.7 miles at three gyms about the distance from the center of Dallas all the way to Denton, but in vertical climbing feet!

Know your Yogi: Barbara Altshuler-Pacheco, Yoga Director for Summit Gyms

Our yoga program has evolved quite a lot since Barbara joined us, and we gotta say, our yoga program is now pretty awesome! Thanks to her we have a bunch of new classes, new teachers, and our Teacher Training program. Since she's the Yoga Director here at Summit, she's pretty busy with managing a crew of 30 yoga teachers (15 of which graduated from our Teacher Training Program), assembling our Teacher Training Program as well as instructing it, and then teaching her own classes!

Abs are cute, but what about core? — Why core workouts benefit your climbing more than abs ever will

Everyone knows the importance of a six-pack — because it looks good and impresses people, duh — but what does having a six-pack do for your climbing? Turns out, not much! Besides having the hot babes and dudes always willing to give you a spot, abs don't make you a better climber.

This just in — Here's a list of all the raffle swag we've got for the 12HSS

Another week and another shameless post reason why you should be signing up for our 12 Hours of Summit Suffering (as if you needed another reason), as brought to you by Retail Manager Trevor Whitis, aka guest blogger extraordinare.