• 7 Bouldering & Climbing Moves For Beginners

    It didn’t take me long to catch the climbing bug after my first visit to a local climbing centre, I would say I was pretty much hooked on climbing from the get go and while back then doing the easy stuff was an intense challenge, my performance and ability improved significantly after I began learning to use my body to my advantage. Learning a handful of basic moves used during a climb helped me learn more about my body, my flexibility and what I can achieve through body shape and position.

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  • 5 Fun Tips On Training for Indoors Climbing

    When you’re new to climbing, the prospect of training can be daunting. You see the people who have been at the centre a while on the training area, doing endless pull ups and folding themselves in ways you didn’t think you could whilst hanging by their finger-tips, you know; serious fun. Training may get more elaborate as you progress, but it doesn’t start out that way. Don’t run before one can walk as they say, and it’s pretty good advice. In this article, I’ll talk about the things that helped me get stronger and fitter when I was starting out; and while I am by no means academically qualified, I have picked up my knowledge over the years of climbing through experience, researching and learning from other climbers and athletes.

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  • 7 Tips For Your First Time Climbing Outdoors

    Eventually, whether somebody is new to climbing or not, most climbers will venture outdoors onto real rock. If this is you, or soon to be you, you won’t regret it. Outdoor climbing offers so much more in climbing route variation, difficulty and skill learning, plus; the views are always worth the journey. If you’ve spent all of your time at indoor walls then the tips in this guide may be just what you need, climbing outside has differences and similarities to indoors so some things will be the same, others may be new to you. Either way, it’s time to play out!  Continue reading

  • Mental Approach To Climbing - By Sponsored Athlete Kevin Shields

    Run out way above gear, hands sweating, heart racing, foot beginning to Elvis, groundfall potential, brain fighting to process everything, on a scary slab and you can’t just pull harder so what makes the difference???? Your mind……..

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  • Sponsored Athlete: Sarah Pashley Climbs In Briancon - Haut-Alps

    Sitting in the middle of a European summer heatwave thinking all is lost. Me and my partner Ash were starting to lose hope of a successful climbing trip due to the 40+ degrees. We had spent most of the summer in Magic Wood, which is usually a cool summer destination but even this was getting too hot to climb in. In despair, we messaged friends hoping that someone had a suggestion to avoid the extreme European heat. One of our friends mentioned Briancon, a relatively unknown area until the recent publication of the “Briancon Climbs” guide book by the Rolland family who bolted most of the routes in the area. Continue reading

  • Psychi Sponsored Climber Kevin Shields: Climbing In Scottish Highlands

    In a year full of hospital appointments for injury and ailments I’ve managed to get out and about in the Scottish Highlands when it’s not been raining. Unfortunately it’s been an exceptionally wet year even by Highland standards.

    The first good thing I did was a new route out at Lochailort. The climbing here suits me, slabby and bold giving a physical and mental challenge. Climbing new routes is what it’s all about for me these days. The whole journey from searching for crags and lines to cleaning them and figuring out the moves through to climbing and naming them, I just love it.

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  • Psychi Sponsored Climber Frederica: Passion Overcomes Limits

    One year is passed since I became a Lawyer.

    Yes, a Lawyer!

    It was 16 September 2016 when I was sitting in front of the State examinations team, trying to answer all their question, and when I heard: “Congratulation Miss Califano, You earned the title of Lawyer”, I felt like that moment when you are able to top a boulder problem you where trying for ages, doing all your best, dedicating all your time, and at the end, when you topped it, you can fell a kind of freedom and happiness, difficult to find in everyday goals.

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  • Sponsored Athlete Trip - Rachel Carr in Rocklands

    I recently returned from one of the best and worst trips I've ever had. I was lucky enough to spend the whole of July in Rocklands, South Africa, an experience I will never forget and a venue I will be returning to as often as possible. Continue reading

  • Falling In Love All Over Again - By Sponsored Athlete Rachel Carr

    rachelcarrFalling in love all over again.

    I’ve always been a very competitive person, which is not something I'm very proud of. I find it makes me compare myself to others far too much. Instead of using grades as my benchmark I've often used others, in competitions, in training and more recently outdoors. I have struggled to get past this competitive streak and become more at peace with my climbing. Only recently was I able to walk away from the addictive nature of comps and instead focus my attention outdoors. I had heard talks from people like Mina-Leslie Wujastyk about her journey from competitions to the outdoors and how it had completely changed her outlook. Although her strength to move away from it all inspired me, I had never considered that I would end up doing the same. It was only after completing my final year as a junior on the British team that I realised climbing outdoors might be an alternative option. Being on the team and competing in Europe meant that most if not all my holiday time at work was used in order to go to these comps, and at the time I saw no issue with that. Now that I'm using that time for trips that last weeks rather than days, and I'm walking away completely satisfied and happy every time, I realise that I may not have enjoyed competitions as much as I once thought. Continue reading

  • Bodypower Expo 2017 Returns!

    The weekend of Friday 12th May 2017 through to Sunday 14 May 2017 sees the return of BodyPower Expo at the NEC, Birmingham. When I discovered the exhibitors to the event, I knew this event was huge in the international fitness market. My favourite Brands such as Optimum Nutrition, Grenade, Alphalete and BPI will all be there with many more fitness brands.

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