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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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Amazing podcast

By spmaguire - Jul 25 2019
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Very interesting and thought provoking for climbs of all strengths

Quality

By LenChar6689 - May 08 2019
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Lots of good info, a wide range of guests. Something for every climber 5.10-5.15!

iTunes Ratings

295 Ratings
Average Ratings
281
9
2
1
2

Amazing podcast

By spmaguire - Jul 25 2019
Read more
Very interesting and thought provoking for climbs of all strengths

Quality

By LenChar6689 - May 08 2019
Read more
Lots of good info, a wide range of guests. Something for every climber 5.10-5.15!
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The Power Company Podcast

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

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
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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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
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #5: 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
57 mins
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Rank #6: 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

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May 09 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 51: Finger Health with Dr. Lisa Erickson

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Fingers are pretty important to us.  At some point, all of us will have a tweak, twinge, or injury, and we'll need to know how to deal with that.  In this episode I sit down with Dr. Lisa Erickson, and we dive deep into the methods behind dealing with finger injuries.  We talk taping, acupressure rings, voodoo floss, ultrasound, self diagnosis, and more.  

You can find Lisa's products and her book Climbing Injuries Solved, at www.climbinginjuriessolved.com.

If you would like to see her or reach out to her about an injury you have, go to www.lifesportchiro.com

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

This week the patrons get Lisa's top tips to avoid injury.  Become a patron of the podcast for as little as $1 per month at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast.  

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Jul 18 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #9: 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.

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Mar 11 2017
2 hours 1 min
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Rank #10: Ep. 138: Endurance Climbing with Dru Mack

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Honorary co-host Dru Mack is back in the building, and this time we're talking about what might be Dru's bread and butter - endurance climbing. We both learned to climb in the Red River Gorge, an area famous for it's steep, pumpy climbing, so we both think we're experts on the subject, and we both believe that many of today's coaches are getting it wrong. 

We're also, concurrently with this episode, dropping a training program that Dru and I have spent the last week building specifically for people who are going to be heading to the Red River Gorge - though it can be useful for trips to anywhere with the same pumpy style. Red River Pump Prep is an 8 week online group training program, complete with video descriptions for each workout as well as a group chat with both Dru and I for the duration of the plan. There are only 25 spots available! You can find out more at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/pumpprep

You can find Dru at www.drumackclimbs.com and on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/drumack5

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 31 2019
47 mins
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Rank #11: 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
56 mins
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Rank #12: Ep. 105: Big Walls and Authenticity with Sasha DiGiulian

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Fame and authenticity don’t always go hand in hand. We’d love to believe that in climbing they always do, but that just isn’t the case. As someone who makes their living in a very public way within the climbing industry, I’m hyper aware of my own authenticity, and I watch other public figures in our tiny sphere to see how they navigate. Because Sasha is at the top, I watch her closely.

In this episode Sasha and I sit down in her house in Boulder, CO to discuss her recent trip to Alberta, Canada. She drove north alone, after a break up and social media firestorm, to climb the Rockies Trilogy first established by Sonnie Trotter. Three 5.14 Big Walls. No small undertaking. She struggled, doubted, pulled it back together and sent, and she found out in a big way how to reconnect to the roots of her climbing.

You can find Sasha at www.sasha-digiulian.com

You can check out our new Circuit Tape at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/circuit-tape

Get the Core Strength for Climbers ebook at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/ebook

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles.  

Sep 19 2018
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 66: Now What? with Dan John

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Last summer I started a list titled "Non Climbing (realistic) Dream Guests".  I only got as far as one name: Dan John.  I was planning to be in Salt Lake for the OR Trade Show, so I emailed Dan on the off chance that he'd do an in person conversation.  To my surprise he emailed back almost immediately, scheduled a call for the next day, and invited me to his house to workout and record the conversation. 

If you've taken even a cursory look into the field of Strength and Conditioning, you've seen the name Dan John repeatedly. He's often quoted by other coaches, including all of us here at Power Company Climbing, and his pragmatic approach to training is one that has resonated with me since I read his book, Easy Strength, co written with kettlebell guru Pavel Tsatsouline.

I went to his house to discuss his newest book, "Now What?", which asks and answers the important questions that coaches and athletes often forget to ask. After you've done your assessments, you've trained and met the standards, you've won or lost, or your season is over... Now What?  This book follows two other excellent books from Dan called "Intervention" and "Can You Go?", both of which should be required reading for coaches.

The wisdom that Dan shares concerning coaching and dealing with athletes is impossible to overvalue. While he's worked with Olympic and Professional athletes, he still makes time for an open workout in his simple garage gym at 9:30 every morning, where he both dispenses knowledge and learns from whoever shows up that day.  After a workout in Dan's gym, this style of what Dan calls "intentional community" is exactly how I plan to build my own home gym. 

You can find Dan at www.danjohn.net

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 24 2017
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #14: Ep. 139: Damage Control in Chaos with Lee Cossey

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If Australian Lee Cossey lived in North America, he’d be a name mentioned alongside Tommy Caldwell and Sonnie Trotter as one of the best all around climbers on the planet. That’s because he IS one of the best all around climbers on the planet. For some reason, despite the internet making information easy to share, we in the US are largely blind to what else - or who else - is out there.

Lee has not only established and climbed 5.14+ and hard double digits boulders, he’s also freed several El Cap routes - done in a single push with no fixed ropes - and climbed huge Patagonian walls (Riders on the Storm). He’s also a physio and climbing coach. And husband. And dad. Lee’s wife, Andrea Hah, who makes a cameo in this episode, is an exercise physiologist and bonafide badass herself - maybe Australia’s best female all around climber. She and Lee own and operate Move Clinic, a one stop shop for keeping and making athletes strong and healthy, as well as Camp Street Climbing, an adjoining climbing gym, both located in Katoomba.

I sat down with Lee at his home in the Blue Mountains to discuss some of his philosophies as both a coach and as one of Australia’s strongest (and best) climbers. He’s a legend around there - deservedly so - and like so many legends in this sport, you’d never know unless someone else pointed it out for him.

I’m here to point it out.

If you're in the San Francisco area, come and see us at Bridges Rock Gym. Register here: https://www.bridgesrockgym.com/events

If you're in Minneapolis, come and see me at MBP. More info at: https://minneapolisboulderingproject.com/hot-august-nights

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Aug 08 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 41: Board Meetings | Can Everyone Climb V10?

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Another example of the extras that we'll be giving to the patrons!  Nate and I noticed a trending topic online that was causing waves.  Jon Glassberg recently wrote a blog for La Sportiva titled "How To Climb V15".  He begins the article with this statement:  

"My hypothesis: Any climber with an athletic disposition, dedication, time, appropriate training and proper diet can climb V10. Climbing double digits is an attainable goal for any serious climber. You just have to want it badly enough and put in the training hours to get there."

We agree.  Here's why...

Get more episodes like this one by becoming a patron and supporting the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

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May 19 2017
35 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 55: Mental Toughness with Emily Tilden

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Here in Lander there is a very strong contingent of powerful women. I'm lucky to have become friends with many of them, and I'm extremely fortunate to be able to count Emily Tilden among those friends.

She is a no bullshit straight shooter, which I value and appreciate, and like many great athletes, she has a mental tenacity that is sometimes difficult to comprehend. I've watched her handily win the pullup comp at the Climbers Festival several times, and I've watched her cruise to an easy win, with a smile on her face, after running 20K at over 9,000 feet.

Emily likes to run long distances. In the mountains. Likes to. What? That just doesn't compute with me. She's a mom that was right back to the gym, with son Wyatt in tow, shortly after giving birth. She also has the often rare ability to vocalize why and how she is able to push through the wall that stops me at about mile #1.

Perhaps even more interesting is that when climbing, she doesn't have the same drive. It occupies a different space for her. Why is that? Why can I go a muerte on a climb, but want to call for a ride home after running a few blocks? What's the difference?

We may actually have a few answers.

Emily is a trainer here in Lander at Elemental Performance and Fitness. She's an NSCA-CPT, and if you're interested in working with her, you can reach her at emily@elementalgym.com

I promise, she won't bullshit you.

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

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

Our new Process Journal can be found at http://www.powercompanyclimbing.com/process-journal/

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Aug 10 2017
51 mins
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Rank #17: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #19: 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
1 hour
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Rank #20: Episode 10: Energy Systems Training with Eric Horst

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You already know the name.  You've read his books.  He's basically the first name in training for climbing in America.  Eric Horst.  My initial foray into training led me directly to his early books, and I've learned more about the science of training and how to apply it to climbing from Eric than from anyone else.  
This podversation is about a new chapter in the updated, 3rd Edition of Eric's "Training For Climbing".  If you have the 2nd Edition, you only have half the story.  This thing is packed full of new, good info, and in my opinion, is Eric's best book.  
I don't want to give away too much here, because, well, I want you to listen to the Podcast!  So go do it!
Aug 31 2016
1 hour 8 mins
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