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Know Your Yogi: Jennie Pierce, Yoga Director for Summit Gyms!

Know Your Yogi: Jennie Pierce, Yoga Director for Summit Gyms!

With the retirement and subsequent move-to-Colorado of Barbara (our former Yoga Director), we had to bring in some fresh blood to lead our yoga program! And that’s no easy feat - you gotta be patient with all the climber types that run Summit, so we had to find the right person for the job. And we definitely did! Meet our current Yoga DirectorJennie - she’s sweet, she’s kind, but she also doesn’t take no sh#$ from anyone. She teaches class here at Summit, as well as heads our incredible Yoga Teacher Training program! She’s great at teaching yoga, and also amazing at teaching how to teach yoga! If you have not had a chance to talk to Jennie yet, you should! Here’s a bit more on Jennie, so you know that talking about 80s music is always a safe bet with her … ALWAYS!

(Unless you’re talking crap on 80s music then GTFO)

Video from the 2018 12HSS!

Video from the 2018 12HSS!

12HSS - the VIDEO!!!!! Check out the footage from our latest 12 Hours of Summit Suffering! There’s climbing, falling, yoga, partying and SO. MUCH. CAMARADERIE. We seriously had the time of our lives hosting this year’s comp, and we hope y’all did, too. Check out the vid - you may see yourself, your friends, or maybe … your very SOUL. So watch it, share it, use it to convince your friend to do this crazy comp with you next year … the time is now to start recruiting and training!!

You Down with YTT? That's a wrap - the final installment of one trainee's experience with our YTT program

You Down with YTT? That's a wrap - the final installment of one trainee's experience with our YTT program

Guys! I'm officially a certified yoga teacher! It's kind of weird though, because multiple people have started asking me for personal stretching advice. Even weirder is when I start referencing body parts and Sanskrit words in regular conversation. But one of the coolest side effects of teacher training that I wasn't fully expecting is how much it deepened my own practice both on and off my mat. Yes, I'm still the same ridiculous and loud person I was before. But I feel like I have a deeper capacity to connect with myself and control how I feel about and react to things. It's pretty incredible to realize both the physical control you have over your body and the mental control you have over your mind. I'm pretty grateful to have had this opportunity to learn and grow as a yogi and as a human. 

You Down with YTT? We're Halfway! The second installment of a new yogi's experience of the Summit Yoga Teacher Training program.

You Down with YTT? We're Halfway! The second installment of a new yogi's experience of the Summit Yoga Teacher Training program.

You don’t know what tired is until you’ve worked a full-time job during the week and done YTT on the weekends for a whole month. But I don't really miss laying around on Saturdays and being bored on Sundays. As tired and sore as I am, it's pretty rewarding to spend my time with a fantastic group of people who are all trying to better themselves. I've also learned that the human body is super neat. I never thought I would say that because biology freaked me out as a kid, but really it's pretty fascinating how much our bodies are capable of. After the first weekend, I thought that this was a cool experience. I was satisfied with my decision, even though I was still pretty intimidated. After the second weekend, my mentality was changing, and I knew that I had already gotten my money’s worth.

You Down with YTT? The first installment of a Yoga Teacher Trainee's experience with Summit's YTT program

You Down with YTT? The first installment of a Yoga Teacher Trainee's experience with Summit's YTT program

Our yoga teacher trainees are always a diverse group of people — all coming from different walks of life to pursue the same thing: a higher understanding of the practice of yoga, and the ability to share it. But, not everyone pursues this for the same reason (there is definitely no "right" or "wrong" reason!) — for some it's the culmination of years of interest in the practice, and for others, it can be a spur of the moment pursuit of passion. We encourage anyone with a true interest in deepening their relationship with yoga to take our Yoga Teacher Training class. Here's the story behind one of our current yoga teacher trainees, Stephanie, and what brought her to the class and what she hopes to get out of it. We'll get another update from Stephanie about halfway through the class, and then another at the end!

Try something new with TRX!

Try something new with TRX!

When it comes to fitness nowadays, there are plenty of newfangled machines you can buy to get you fit - row machines, stationary bikes, even the Shake Weight promises you results in 3 short payments of $19.95*. (*Editor's note: I have no idea how much the Shake Weight actually costs - you can dispute this with me if you want, then you'd have to admit you actually bought one of these things ... ) But who would have thought that it takes nothing more than two straps and your own body weight to whip you into shape? TRX, the latest addition to Summit's fitness class offerings, is a full-body workout that's quick to learn and a lot of fun — you won't realize you're even working out until you're crazy sore the next day.

ClimbFit comes to Grapevine!

ClimbFit comes to Grapevine!

For anyone who climbs out of Grapevine wanting to take their climbing to the next level, we're very happy to announce that our ClimbFit program has recently taken up residence there! ClimbFit classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays, and combine strength and conditioning exercises with climbing drills to help you become a stronger, confident, more well-rounded climber. Plus, they're a lot of fun, and you get to participate with some pretty awesome folks! The ClimbFit instructors at Grapevine are Chris Hobbs and Dylin Worrell, two really psyched, but laid-back guys. They were both independently excited to start a ClimbFit class at Grapevine, so ClimbFit founder Mario put them both together, and they've been killin' it ever since! I sat down and talked with the two of them briefly, so y'all can hear a little bit more of their background / learn why they were chosen to lead the class! 

Rest Days BEST DAYS - what to do on days off climbing, and why you should actually take them

Rest Days BEST DAYS - what to do on days off climbing, and why you should actually take them

As tempting as it is to spend EVERY DAY at the gym (I mean, we basically we have everything you could ever need here — climbing, cool people, food, drinks and a bathroom), it's really important to take some time off of climbing, to recharge and prepare yourself for your next sesh. While just taking a day or two off from climbing is beneficial, here are some other things you can do on an off day to get the most out of your rest!

Know who's kicking your butt - the ClimbFit instructors of Summit

Know who's kicking your butt - the ClimbFit instructors of Summit

Mario Stanley started ClimbFit five years ago, when Summit owner Kyle Clinkscales asked him to start a training program for adults. Mario - who was teaching Kids Club at our Dallas location at the time - tok the idea and ran with it. 

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!

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.

The Burn Means It's Working — Some tips for training endurance

I think we all have that friend — you know, the one that seems to be able to climb endlessly without even breaking a sweat. Yes, we all have that friend and secretly hate that friend but let's face it — we are NOT that friend. We gotta train our endurance, and battle the pump when things start getting real. Unless your forearms are made of some sort of iron, then endurance training is always a benefit — especially if you are signed up / going to sign up for our 12 Hours of Summit Suffering comp.