Yoga

Downward Facing Dog

The elusive and often visited posture of Downward Facing Dog. Sanskrit Name: Adho Mukha Svanasana This pose is visited in almost all movement oriented yoga practices.  It is an inversion (heart above head) so it is energizing and calming at the same time - isn’t yoga awesome! Here are a few tips to help your [...]

Get the most out of your yoga class

Tips on how to get the most out of your yoga class Whether you have been to multiple yoga classes or your new to the practice, stepping into a new class can be intimidating. We are striving to feel open, relaxed, energized and connected. We have invested in the class, carved out the time in [...]

What to do about your elbows

This Tuesday, June 4th, at 7 PM Dr. Michael Morrison from Red Hammer PT will be coming in for a free talk on the "bows" elbows.  Here's a short yoga tutorial on keeping your elbows safe on the mat. In a weight bearing position you will want to ensure that your elbows are not locked. [...]

Expanding our Yoga and Fitness Classes

Shauna and Taylor have been busy expanding the Yoga and Training programs for you! We are now offering 6 Training classes per week such as the Quick Fix, Core & Mobility plus Strength and Conditioning. And, we have doubled our yoga classes, to give you more of what you are asking for. We have more […]

Heal Your Spine

Pain in our low back and hips is all too common and very frustrating.  The spine is our mother-board, if it is not healthy and balanced there are many other effects besides a stiff low back. The nerves that run through the spine are connected to our various systems and organs. So by improving your […]

Climbing Tips – How to Get Unstuck

Training to get unstuck How many times have you found yourself on a climb needing to make that seamless transition to the next move and you’re stuck?  Is it your strength, your flexibility, your metal state or your balance?  All of these obstacles can be conquered through a regular yoga practice. When you dedicate yourself […]

Fitness

The Janda Sit-up

Behold the "Janda Sit-Up" You'll be shocked at how difficult this is. The idea is to flex your hamstrings against the pull of the cable, which minimizes the degree which your hip flexors can assist the Sit-Up (vis reciprocal inhibition). The heavier the weight on the cable the harder it is. If you can do [...]

Training is practice. Enjoy the process.

“Do as much high quality work as possible, as often as possible, while staying as fresh as possible.” ~ Vladimir Zatsiorsky Sometimes I’ll flip through the health magazines to “see what’s going on” in the fitness mainstream. Amazing revelations on every page! “This 5-minute Ab Blaster will obliterate your obliques & terrorize your transverse abdominis!” [...]

Training – Progressive Overload

People ask trainers lots of funny questions. “If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life, what would it be?” “Can I build muscle and burn fat at the same time?” “Will squats hurt my knees?” As inclined as I am to answer “Turkish Getup,” “No,” and “Not if you do […]

Climbing Smarter = Climbing Harder

Reverse flag, gaston, arête—oh my! If you’ve visited the Longmont Climbing Collective, you’ve surely heard this technobabble flung around a time or two. As with any sport, having a strong understanding of and being able to correctly utilize a plethora of techniques is a game-changer. Let’s discuss why technique skill-building is the #1 way to […]

Will Lifting Weights Make You A Better Climber

Climbers often ask me if lifting weights will make them better at climbing. The answer is no. As Steve Bechtel reminds us, “Climbing is a skill sport,” and the only way to improve a skill is to practice the skill. Sure, you’ll eventually need to employ climbing-specific training methods, but even those will still look […]

Building Endurance – Part 1

HOW TO BUILD ENDURANCE AT A BOULDERING GYM — PART 1 Strength is the best, but it’s not everything. At LCC, we love training strength and power. It’s one of the reasons we built a bouldering gym—bouldering is strength and power. We went all-out on this: Kilter board, Tension board, systems board, campus board, hangboards…the finest tools available […]