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A Climbers Podcast | In depth conversations with climbers, coaches, and experts about how to become better climbers.

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A Climbers Podcast | In depth conversations with climbers, coaches, and experts about how to become better climbers.

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Best climbing podcast

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The best one there is, hands down. Not exaggerating when I say it’s made me a better climber.

New Tension episode

By LenChar6689 - Oct 21 2019
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This episode needs to be called Puddin’ Tips.

iTunes Ratings

334 Ratings
Average Ratings
318
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3
1
2

Best climbing podcast

By rbsc23 - Nov 24 2019
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The best one there is, hands down. Not exaggerating when I say it’s made me a better climber.

New Tension episode

By LenChar6689 - Oct 21 2019
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This episode needs to be called Puddin’ Tips.
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The Power Company Podcast

Latest release on Feb 12, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Ep. 118: The Best Hangboard Protocol with Eva Lopez

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Today's guest needs absolutely no introduction, but I'm honored to introduce her anyway. She is famed Spanish researcher, coach and climber Eva Lopez. We sat down in Salt Lake City to discuss the reactions to her research about finger strength, and to find out once and for all, What is the best hangboard protocol? 

You can find Eva and her Fingerboard Training Guide at http://en-eva-lopez.blogspot.com/

You can read Eva's research papers HERE

You can register for the CWA and our workshops there at https://www.climbingwallsummit.org/

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Jan 11 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #2: Episode 31: Devils Advocate | The Moon Board (featuring Ben Moon)

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It's here.  The one you've been waiting for.  The Moon Board Episode.  And that's not all.  We recorded the conversation, sent it to Ben Moon, and then Skyped him in to get his opinions.  Legend.  

The facts, the myths, what you're doing right, and where you're going wrong.  

Is the Moon Board the best training tool out there?  Listen and decide for yourselves.  Then stop clogging my instagram feed, and get off my lawn ya damn kids!

You can find Ben, The Moon Board, and Moonclimbing at www.moonclimbing.com.  

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com.

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast.

Leave us a rating and review, and share us on your social medias!

We don't tweet.  We scream like eagles.  

Mar 11 2017

2hr 1min

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Rank #3: Ep. 91: Board Meetings | Do Climbing Gym Grades Matter?

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In this episode, in the midst of a gym tour, Nate and I sit down to discuss how we feel about climbing gym grades. Do they matter? Should they be taken seriously? How do they relate to outdoor grades? And possibly most important, what the hell do we do with them?

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles.  

Apr 24 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: Episode 39: Logical Progression Pt. 1 with Steve Bechtel

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Honorary Cohost Steve Bechtel has a new book out.  Logical Progression: Using Non Linear Periodization for Year Round Climbing Performance.  If you write your own training plans, and still have a hard time sticking to your plan, this is the book for you.  Steve outlines a deceptively simple way of organizing your training that fits nicely into real lives.... something most of us desperately need.  

You can buy the book at http://amzn.to/2q1aync   NOTE: This link gives us a tiny kickback from Amazon... but doesn't increase your cost at all.  

You can find Steve at www.climbstrong.com

You can work with Steve, myself, and several others at the Midwest Training for Climbing Conference this August!  www.midwesttcc.com

Share us on your social medias!  

We don't tweet.  We scream like eagles.  

May 09 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #5: Episode 22: Integrated Strength Training with Steve Bechtel

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Honorary Co-Host Steve Bechtel is back, this time talking about his concept of Integrated Strength Training.   What is that, you ask?  Well, lucky for you, we discuss it at length.  So listen.  Then apply.  Then get stronger.  It's that simple, right?  

It's almost our birthday, which means it's almost Christmas, which means we should exchange gifts!  You give us a rating and review on iTunes, and I'll give you a bonus bonus episode.  Deal?  Ok, Deal!

As always, you can find Steve at www.climbstrong.com

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can become a patron of the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

Share us on your social medias, and look for Power Company Climbing on the Pinterests, Instagrams, and Facebooks.  But no, we don't tweet... we scream like eagles!

Dec 19 2016

56mins

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Rank #6: Episode 64: Fixed vs. Growth Mindset with Trevor Ragan

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Growth Mindset has recently become a hot topic in the world of sports, and for good reason. Mindset, which can be greatly affected by the feedback you give or receive, is key to learning and performance. Trevor Ragan is one of the most well versed in the science of learning and how mindset affects it, and he's out there working with teams, coaches, teachers, and businesses to actually apply the science.

Trevor is the founder of Train Ugly, a group dedicated to sharing the science behind mindset, feedback, and the learning process, and how it relates to performance.  I highly suggest you visit Train Ugly online and spend time watching their excellent videos or reading their material.  It'll be time well spent.  

During our conversation, Trevor gave me a great list of resources where we can learn more about these topics.  If you buy through our links at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/blog/2017/11/6/episode-64-fixed-vs-growth-mindset-with-trevor-ragan-from-trainugly, we get a small percentage from Amazon (it doesn't raise your prices) to help support the podcast.

Find Trevor online at www.trainugly.com

Find us online at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet.  We scream like eagles. 

Nov 06 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #7: Episode 58: Comparing Hangboard Protocols with Steve Maisch

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One of the guests most requested by our listeners, Steve Maisch is a Salt Lake City climber/coach/economics professor who, much like myself, uses himself as a guinea pig to test new approaches to training.  As such, we decided to nerd out on a couple of topics.  For this one, we discuss the different hangboard protocols, when and why to use them, what they can do for you, and where they can go wrong.  I'm sure we forgot a few, which is ok, because we can always record more...

You can find Steve online at http://www.stevemaischtraining.com/

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet.  We scream like eagles.  

Sep 21 2017

57mins

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Rank #8: Episode 71: Board Meetings | Goal Setting

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It's a new year, and it's our 2nd birthday! It's been a wild ride, and I want to say thanks to everyone for being on it with me. 

In this episode Nate and I talk goal setting. Not resolutions. Goals. Different animals altogether. 

How to set appropriate goals, some of the pitfalls, what the research says, and we even give up some of our own goals.  

Speaking of which...

Go to http://eepurl.com/df3bWn to join our mailing list and get our forthcoming newsletter.

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast, and follow along on my own training journey, at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Jan 01 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 120: Board Meetings | Top 5 Reasons Why The Pros Are Better Than You

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For most of you reading this, the truth is that the pros are better than you. Why? Are they special in some way? Some of them don't even "train"! How the hell did they get so good? 

Nate and I sit down after recording several other episodes and drinking several beers, to discuss the top 5 reasons why the pros are so good. Some reasons you can use to improve your own climbing, some that just depend on your situation. 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com.

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast.

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Jan 25 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #10: Episode 59: Mental Fitness with Alex Honnold and The Warriors Way

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Fresh off of his audacious free solo of Freerider, Alex Honnold sat down with Arno Ilgner and Jeff Lodas from The Warriors Way to discuss his mental preparation.  Arno asked me to record the conversation, and though I was running around The Salt Palace like crazy, I got it on tape for all of you to hear.  

Two mental fitness giants, discussing a topic that is, at best, tough to pin down.  Alex has done an amazing job of reflecting on what it is that makes him different, and is able to articulate it better in every interview I hear him in.  This one is no different. 

You can find The Warriors Way at www.warriorsway.com

You can find Alex at www.alexhonnold.com

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

Sep 29 2017

48mins

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Rank #11: Ep. 152: Alex Megos and Ken Etzel | Rotpunkt

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Alex Megos may well be the strongest climber in the world. But is he the best? 

In this episode I sit down with Megos and his good friend Ken Etzel, the director of the new film that we are discussing, Rotpunkt. 

Rotpunkt gives us a rare glimpse into the up and down struggles of someone trying to become the best in the world. Maybe not suprisingly, these are struggles that every single one of us can relate to. Possibly even more fascinating is the bond that was forged between filmmaker and athlete, and the pressures that this bond had to endure while making the film. 

You can find the film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbWvFjUIt5k

You can find Alex Megos on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/alexandermegos

You can find Ken Etzel on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ken_etzel

You can find the Petzl Pump Prep Scholarship at https://www.powercompanyclimbing.com/pump-prep-scholarship

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Nov 18 2019

52mins

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Rank #12: Episode 12: P.O.E. with Will Anglin and Rowland Chen

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In episode 12 we sit down for a ridiculously fun conversation with coaches and elite boulderers Will Anglin and Rowland Chen.  We dig into their concept P.O.E., which is something I've worked with since forever, but never had a cool name for.  Taking this conversation to heart could potentially change your climbing, and may very well be the key to taking it to the next level.  
You can find Will at www.willanglin.squarespace.com
You can find Tension Climbing at www.tensionclimbing.com
Ladies, Rowland is single and awaiting your messages on his FB profile.
You can support The Power Company Podcast on our Patreon Page and help us keep this thing sponsor and commercial free.  The more support we have, the more we can put into getting this podcast out to you faster and more often.
And as always, this podcast is brought to you by www.powercompanyclimbing.com, where we don't believe in a "one size fits all" approach to training.  You shouldn't either.

Sep 29 2016

55mins

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Rank #13: Episode 57: Flow and Mental Mastery with Hazel Findlay

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I'm not often intimidated by people, but Hazel Findlay's reputation is much larger than her 5'2" frame, so I was a bit anxious about this conversation. Mental training can be a pretty nebulous topic to begin with, so if I was going to be stumbling over my words, it could end up being a rough conversation. Not long after Hazel showed up at my house, it was clear that while she is indeed a force to be reckoned with, there was no reason to fret. As she would say, my worry was all "rubbish".  

Hazel has a really great way of taking these concepts that are sometimes tough to connect with and making them seem simple. She struggles through them just like most of us do, and in turn is able to relate to exactly how we all experience fear, doubt, and any other number of emotions that can be both destructive and extremely valuable. I value this insight as a coach, and I look forward to talking with Hazel more in the future.   

In this episode Hazel mentions The Inner Game of Tennis, a classic book about the mental side of performance.  That led me to wonder what other books that Hazel might recommend, so this month we are giving our patrons Hazel's recommended reading list, as well as a bonus episode with fan favorite Steve Bechtel.

You can find Hazel online at www.hazelfindlayclimbing.com

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles.  

Sep 04 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 150: Bill Ramsey | A Philosophy of Sending

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Bill Ramsey is a legend. He had achieved near mythical status in the Red River Gorge by the time I started paying attention to sport climbing. Pioneering many of the best hard sport climbs that now draw flocks of people to Kentucky’s steep sandstone crags, Bill wasn’t the typical 24 year old developer with a part time job and nowhere specific to be. He was a Professor of Philosophy at The University of Notre Dame - an over 14 hour round trip to and from The Red - a drive that Bill made weekly. His routes Omaha Beach, Transworld Depravity, Golden Boy, and The Return of Darth Moll, among many other classics, came from this period. He’s done 26 5.14’s - 25 of those after turning 40. Bill recently checked one of his life list, Randy Leavitt’s stunning Jumbo Pumping Hate (14a) at Clark Mountain. He had just turned 59 and was a few days from hip surgery.

To say that Bill is dedicated is a massive understatement, and we haven’t even mentioned his training sessions. Without going too far into detail, Bill has found that marathon sessions work well for him, and he’s stuck to that with great results. Perhaps most intriguing, and most universally applicable, is his idea of The Pain Box, which we discuss in the episode. 

As I get older it gets a little tougher to find the same inspiration in the 20 year old crushers that I once did, and there just aren’t that many 40+ year old climbers still chasing progression. Bill has always been someone I’ve looked up to as not only a great example of perseverance and dedication in his climbing, but in his life choices as well. Bill moved from a tenured position at Notre Dame to UNLV so that he could be closer to the year round climbing in Las Vegas. Not content with a schedule that he could fill with climbing and training, Bill gives back to the community as Vice President of the Southern Nevada Climber’s Coalition.

Every step of the way, a legend.

You can find Bill's full Pain Box essay at https://www.powercompanyclimbing.com/blog/2019/11/11/ep-150-a-philosophy-of-sending-with-bill-ramsey

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Nov 11 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 100: How to Weekend Warrior with Kris Hampton, Hosted by Nate Drolet

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We're flipping the script for our 100th (!!!) episode. Nate takes over the host mic, and I do my best to let him lead the conversation. After being at the helm so many conversations, it's hard for me to relinquish that role.

In this episode we talk about my years of Weekend Warrioring, and how to climb hard while also being dedicated to a career and family. We dig into how many hours of training it takes and how to make that happen. We also get into how the recent changes in my life and situation have changed how I have to look at my climbing. 

Use the code in the episode for 20% off at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Aug 09 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 80: Assessments with Steve Maisch

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In this much requested episode, I sit down with Salt Lake climber and coach Steve Maisch to discuss assessments. Steve had some of the first assessments I remember seeing online, and we go into how he's added, subtracted, and refined those. We talk a little about Steve's own assessments, and an important thing that he overlooked in his own training.

Many of us coaches are loosely collecting data for these assessments, but how important is it all, really?

You can find Steve online at www.stevemaischtraining.com (if he ever gets his site back online)

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Mar 08 2018

49mins

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Rank #17: Ep. 147: Making Sense of Science for Climbers with Dr. Tyler Nelson

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Science and Data are increasingly popular in training for climbing, and for good reason. Leading that charge is Dr. Tyler Nelson of Camp 4 Human Performance. He's built a strong following on Instagram, and is giving solid information to coaches and climbers all over the world, but as with any post on social media, much of the context is lost. Context that I feel is massively important. 

In this episode Tyler and I sit down at The Donut Distillery in Nashville, on our way to teach together at the Performance Climbing Coach Seminar, to discuss how to look at the research, whether science is the end all be all, and what exactly is the context for all of this information. 

We also reveal the winner of the Instagram Donut Contest!

You can find Tyler at https://www.camp4humanperformance.com/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/c4hp

You can register for EMPOWERED at http://www.powercompanyclimbing.com/empowered

You can register for the next Performance Climbing Coach Seminar at https://performanceclimbingcoach.com/

You can find us, as well as Tyler's general training schedule at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like Eagles. 

Oct 21 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #18: Ep. 89: Become a Better Climber with Peter Bonamici

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Peter Bonamici is a midwest legend. He'll disagree with that, but it's my podcast, so I can make that statement if I want to. Not to mention, it's true.

This entire episode stems from a conversation with Peter in which he told me that he'd just learned to heel hook. After climbing his first V13. What?!

It's pretty simple, really. The reason that Peter, and so many other climbers, are legendary, is because they are good at climbing. Not just strong, but GOOD. They didn't get that way by accident. They got that way through a very intentional practice. One that many of us can learn from.

You can find us online at www.powercompanyclimbing.com.

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

Apr 06 2018

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Rank #19: Ep. 101: Board Meetings | Top 5 Ways Your Gym is Holding You Back

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Don't get us wrong... we LOVE gyms. And if your only goal is to be as good as you can in your gym, then you can skip this episode. However, if you want to be prepared for the outdoors, then this episode will be important for you. 

Gyms are businesses and have to operate as such. They make prudent decisions that are beneficial for them as businesses, but aren't necesarily good for you as a rock climber. 

In this episode Nate and I discuss the Top 5 decisions that gyms make (often from necessity) that are holding you back from your outdoor goals. 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Aug 14 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 137: Board Meetings | Top 5 Barriers to Outdoor Climbing Improvement

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In this episode Nate and I sit down to discuss an important topic - the top 5 reasons why people who train and train and train still can't improve their climbing outdoors. It can be a struggle - there isn't a 1:1 return on training investment, particularly if you don't have a few key things in place. 

Do you fall into one of these categories? If so, level up! 

You can learn more about our Bridges Rock Gym Youth Team Workshops at https://www.bridgesrockgym.com/events

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Jul 27 2019

1hr 8mins

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