Climbing is an amazing sport, with a variety of disciplines and a multitude of gear options. There are probably like, a billion pieces of climbing gear on the market, and probably a billion more being introduced every year. As to be expected, a lot of companies are coming up with some pretty ridiculous products in a an effort to do something new. There is a very fine line between innovation and complication, and some companies are just missing the mark when it comes to new gear that we actually need ... Innovations either need fill a void or fix a problem, but imma be real ... a lot of these are itches that probably just didn't need to be scratched.
As adults, we can't just join a competitive climbing team, with a Mister Miyagi to teach us the ways of Kung Fu climbing. We gotta work extra hard, and find motivation in the people we surround ourselves with. Luckily here at Summit Gyms, our ClimbFit classes are the perfect mix of working hard, climbing a lot, and hanging with some really cool, like-minded people all in pursuit of the same goal — have fun and get better.
The guy responsible for everything set by "JC," Jon was the first routesetter to take part in our gym's routesetter intership program, and then become a full-time member of our setting crew! Not that it's a contest but he might be the tallest member of our setting crew. Not that his setting reflects that, cuz Jon is a versatile setter, who likes to set anything, as long as it gets people thinking! He's a super friendly guy, so here's a little bit more about the routesetter that is responsible for our setting crew's recent skateboarding obsession.
If you've been curious about what it's like to take one of our Yoga Teacher Training courses, then we're thinking about you with this week's blog post! We got Adam Hughes — the General Manager of our Denton location, and one of the first yogis to graduate from our very own Summit Yoga Teacher Training — to sit down and tell us what his experience with taking our Yoga Teacher Training was like.
Hey guys! We figured you all would be bored this week with so much time off of work (maybe even cooped up at your parents' place, where their idea of an exciting night is playing Scrabble without the Scrabble dictionary, like a couple of totally out-of-control loose cannons!), so this week's post is purely meant for your entertainment.
Because climbers are a group that can notoriously laugh at ourselves, this week's blog post is sometimes subtle, but mostly not, nod to all the ways our lives have improved since we started rock climbing! Everyday tasks that were previously hard, are now simple thanks to our climber ingenuity / inhuman strength / alarming lack of patience / inability to give a crap. So how many of these things can you relate to?
Thanks to Patrick Kleineberg and Max Franklin for the awesome video!
Announcing this week, the new GM of Summit Carrollton, Ahmed! You probably heard him before you saw him, because he is a notoriously loud guy, and very fond of jumping on top of things to project even more.
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!
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.
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.
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.