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Monday Motivation: Interview with Molly Burdick - from heart disease to ninja warrior

10 years ago, Molly Burdick was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. After years fighting PTSD due to her illness, and often too scared to leave the house, her life changed forever when she watched a climbing video of Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra. Fast forward...

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Training Book Review // Gimme Kraft

Do you enjoy climbing but want to develop further skills and strength but don’t really know where to start? Gimme Kraft by Patrick Matros, Ludwig “Dicki” Korb and Hannes Huch is a comprehensive guide to getting fitter and stronger for all types of climbing.

“How do I get stronger?… train most efficiently?…what exercises make the most sense?” are questions set out in the introduction. These questions are readily answered in a compact, enjoyable and motivating training manual.

Yoga Studio app// review

UPDATE:  In light of changes to the Yoga Studio App, please be aware that the app is no longer a one-time purchase app and operates on a subscription model.  Previous purchasers of the app have paid for the app and subsequently had their access revoked, subject to paying a monthly subscription.

We can no longer recommend the app on the basis that the fundamental basis of our original review has changed. Please see comments below, from customers.

Ever thought about taking up yoga as a way of improving your flexibility and core strength, but can't seem to get yourself to a class? There's loads of free yoga apps on the market for smart phones so we've reviewed Yoga Studio to see if paying for a yoga app is really worth it.

White Spider // London // Review

I have wanted to climb at the White Spider ever since I began climbing in London, but it always felt a little bit too far as it is completely on the other side of town for me. But finally, I managed to coordinate things so I could climb there on a Friday night on the way to an outdoor climbing destination. And we managed to get there on the day the gym was celebrating its anniversary...

Emily Allen's App recommendations

IMG_5581Emily Allen was the youngest female to climb 8a in the UK.  In July 2013 she climbed Aberration at Chee Dale.  If you've never heard of her you should read her story - she's really inspiring, having had a number of setbacks yet still achieving the outstanding performance at the age of only 14 years old.  You can read more about Emily at Stoke Sentinal or on this superb UKC article.  A while back she shared her favourite three mobile apps with us, so we are sharing them with you now: 

Train for Climbing // FREE event

Do you ever feel like:

  • You're not fit enough for climbing?

  • You've hit a climbing plateau?

  • You'd like to train with others in a more social environment?

  • You feel out of place in a standard gym?

  • You don't feel comfortable training on your own?

  • You don't have other women to climb with?

This session could be for you:

How to Improve your Route Reading

route reading31By Emily Pitts // Route reading is like solving a puzzle. It involves time, skills and attention. These are some exercises you can use and practical things you can do to help you get better at finding solutions to your climbing puzzles, focusing mainly on indoor top rope climbing, as a mechanism for improving and moving on to lead climbing indoors and climbing outdoors.  There's hopefully something in here for beginners, but also people who are more experienced climbers.

Women Rock with Mountain Monkeys

The wonderful Innes Macdonald who runs Mountain Monkeys is offering something really special this International Women's Day 2014: Free Outdoors Climbing in the Peak District Session Times: Saturday 8th march 10am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm Sunday 9th March 10am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm WHO & WHERE This session is for any woman over the age of 18.  No experience...

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Women Rock at Durham Climbing Centre

Women Rock! Saturday 8th March 1pm-2pm Ladies Climbing Session Including Equipment & 1 hour Coaching + Climb On after ONLY £5!!! Here come the girls! To celebrate International Women’s Day, Durham Climbing Centre is offering a 1-hour ladies coaching session including equipment with the option to climb on after for the bargain...

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Women Rock at Boulder Brighton

There are loads of things on offer for International Women's Day at Boulder Brighton: New women climbers get their first session half price! 8th & 9th March Free women's coaching from Belinda Fuller Saturday 8th March at 2pm (www.beclimbing.co.uk), normal entry fees only! No need to pre-register. Boreal shoe demo Saturday 8th,...

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FREE Performance Coaching at Aber Rocks

Ladies Free Performance Workshop In celebration of International Women's Day (8th March), Aber Rocks are taking part in our UK wide 'Women Rock' promotion by running two free climbing performance workshops in the week before.  The workshops will allow you to improve your bouldering technique and...

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Women Rock at Boulders // Cardiff

90minute Taster Session Boulders in Cardiff are offering a 90-minute Taster Session for International Women's Day for £5 with proceeds going to the Charity Women's Aid, which supports women and children experiencing domestic violence.  There are 16 spaces available, so if you're a woman who wants...

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WCS 2013 // Awkward Holds

How to use slopersYou could feel the buzz from the moment you stepped in, instantly spotting all the elite climbers milling about and chatting with other attendees.  Initially I was a bit star-struck, but they were so friendly and welcoming it felt like you were just there with a load of mates.

The workshops I attended were Awkward Holds and Dynamic Climbing.  I was looking forward to an afternoon of talks including Rebecca Dent’s talk on nutrition and losing weight safely.

WCS 2013 // Yoga, Physio, Inspiration

004There’s a certain irony about going to a women’s anything when you have stomach cramps and all you want is to be fed chocolate.  Entering a room full of friendly sporty women with a passion for climbing was just the start of a day designed to uplift, excite and inspire climbers from 14 – 70+.  The day started with a talk on the history of women climbers by Angela Soper.  I managed to get a sneaky photo of Angela climbing - if you think you’re too old for climbing, think again.  Back in the day, these amazing women were climbing in skirts and hobnailed boots!  More about Angela here.

The Core Challenge

Towards the end of last year and into this year I was working quite hard at improving my climbing – technique, skills and knowledge.  I picked people’s brains and worked on areas I thought would help.  I started to improve, and what I mean by...

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Core Exercise Ideas for Climbing

If you're not sure what exercises to do to improve your core muscles, here are a few suggestions, with demos I've found on the internet: Sit Ups http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fbU_MkV7NE Crunches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyd_fa5zoEU Reverse Crunch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyv14e2QDq0 Left and Right crunches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwVXJKqWGpg The Plank http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz0oFaVGuh4 Russian Twist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeAtimSCxsY V-Sits http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_1KGrBx2T4 I've been doing a mix of these,...

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Beth...On Indoor Lead Climbing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have just lead my first 7a+. I still can't quite believe it, but luckily I had a witness - the lovely Emma Timmis from Womenclimb, who led it after me.  This post is a reflection of my own personal climbing journey and includes the things that were most helpful to me and made the most difference to my climbing.  During this period I had 1-2-1 training with Libby Peter, from whom I got some of these tips. Finally, please note I refer to everything in terms of indoor climbing!