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My coaching student @mt_smithers couldn't #boulder due to ice. No reason not to bust out 19 pull-ups! Killer bro!
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As mentioned, Matt is extremely strong. Instead of just pushing heavy weights in the power lifts, our program is focused on technique for climbing and leg strength for skiing. Good work bro!
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#onlinecoaching
#skittaining
#climbingtraining
My coaching student @mt_smithers couldn't #boulder  due to ice. No reason not to bust out 19 pull-ups! Killer bro! . As mentioned, Matt is extremely strong. Instead of just pushing heavy weights in the power lifts, our program is focused on technique for climbing and leg strength for skiing. Good work bro! . . . #onlinecoaching  #skittaining  #climbingtraining 
I had to find my why.
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I felt stagnate. The pursuit of lifting heavier and heavier weights had become less appealing.
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After I hit my tripe bodyweight deadlift (500lbs), the toll it had taken on my body caused me to question my assumptions on whether or not it was worth it. Joint pain, perpetual soreness, and a long series of daily mobility and release exercises had robbed me of my time.
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Why was I doing this? Although I would never take back the 19 years of heavy weight training I had endured, I wanted something more. I asked myself: is there a greater purpose to the way my mind and body interact?
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I had a realization: what am I even training for? There is nothing wrong with strength training as a primary means to keep the body healthy, but I was strong enough. Capable enough. More importantly, I was bored.
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It was then that I decided I needed something new. I admit being fearful of starting over, being a beginner, and stepping outside my comfort zone. But to ensure longterm happiness and mental challenge, I embraced the suck and took up one of man's hardest sports: rock climbing.
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It has been 7 months since I got serious and stepped on to the wall. Where I once over gripped the holds, burnt out my forearms, and grunted to get higher, I have learned to move my feet and dance up the wall.
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Like a game of chess, climbing is strategic: where do I shift my leverage? Where do I get tight and stay loose? What is the most efficient way to progress, train, and recover from the sport?
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I found an intense desire to watch better climbers, find training partners, and study the training strategies of the sport.
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But more importantly, I repurposed my why. I saw that my fear had held me back, that I had stayed in the comfort of the iron. What I needed was granite. A permanent stone was the way to capture my fondness of nature, camaraderie with other athletes, and my connection to my mind and body.
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So what is your why? Do you cling to what you've always done? Does this best serve your time? What are you afraid of?
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I tell you this: challenge your assumptions. What is not serving you is not inspiring others. Find YOUR granite.
I had to find my why. . I felt stagnate. The pursuit of lifting heavier and heavier weights had become less appealing. . After I hit my tripe bodyweight deadlift (500lbs), the toll it had taken on my body caused me to question my assumptions on whether or not it was worth it. Joint pain, perpetual soreness, and a long series of daily mobility and release exercises had robbed me of my time. . Why was I doing this? Although I would never take back the 19 years of heavy weight training I had endured, I wanted something more. I asked myself: is there a greater purpose to the way my mind and body interact? . I had a realization: what am I even training for? There is nothing wrong with strength training as a primary means to keep the body healthy, but I was strong enough. Capable enough. More importantly, I was bored. . It was then that I decided I needed something new. I admit being fearful of starting over, being a beginner, and stepping outside my comfort zone. But to ensure longterm happiness and mental challenge, I embraced the suck and took up one of man's hardest sports: rock climbing. . It has been 7 months since I got serious and stepped on to the wall. Where I once over gripped the holds, burnt out my forearms, and grunted to get higher, I have learned to move my feet and dance up the wall. . Like a game of chess, climbing is strategic: where do I shift my leverage? Where do I get tight and stay loose? What is the most efficient way to progress, train, and recover from the sport? . I found an intense desire to watch better climbers, find training partners, and study the training strategies of the sport. . But more importantly, I repurposed my why. I saw that my fear had held me back, that I had stayed in the comfort of the iron. What I needed was granite. A permanent stone was the way to capture my fondness of nature, camaraderie with other athletes, and my connection to my mind and body. . So what is your why? Do you cling to what you've always done? Does this best serve your time? What are you afraid of? . I tell you this: challenge your assumptions. What is not serving you is not inspiring others. Find YOUR granite.
Life ain't bad after a nice trip to the bathroom.
Life ain't bad after a nice trip to the bathroom.
Here's the fun #dyno v5-6 currently at @mesarimsd #power
Here's the fun #dyno  v5-6 currently at @mesarimsd #power 
Medial epicondylitis is back... my plan is to work the mobility in my upper body until it's gone for good! Here I'm using a 3kg #steelclub for some dynamic internal mills.
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#golferselbow 
#steelclubtraining 
#rehab
#climbingmobility
Everyday is leg day!
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#kettlebells
#frontsquats
#legstrength
@kettlebellkings
Post-climbing ring flow. My form is awful lol
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#rings
#germanhang
#backlever
#frontlever
What's strong climbing without strong belling? 36kg #sprinklerpress with @kettlebellkings .
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#kettlebell 
#press
#hardstyle 
#battlebellschallenge
I wouldn't be me without constant scrapes and bruises. Don't get me wrong, I don't like being a bloody mess... But these minor injuries tell me that I'm doing something right: I'm living my personal dream.
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It is an opportunity to express myself through movement. Getting outside, exploring new sports and activities, trail blazing, and training hard are my priorities. These attributes tell me that I'm progressing; that I'm growing.
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So what does progression mean to you? Will you stop poor patterns of living in order to better yourself and others?
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Stagnation is death. Keep your mind sharp, keep your body strong. This is the BEST thing you can do. It is the WORTHY path. You are STRONG.
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#personalgrowth
#training
#kettlebells
#disciplineequalsfreedom
I wouldn't be me without constant scrapes and bruises. Don't get me wrong, I don't like being a bloody mess... But these minor injuries tell me that I'm doing something right: I'm living my personal dream. . It is an opportunity to express myself through movement. Getting outside, exploring new sports and activities, trail blazing, and training hard are my priorities. These attributes tell me that I'm progressing; that I'm growing. . So what does progression mean to you? Will you stop poor patterns of living in order to better yourself and others? . Stagnation is death. Keep your mind sharp, keep your body strong. This is the BEST thing you can do. It is the WORTHY path. You are STRONG. . . . #personalgrowth  #training  #kettlebells  #disciplineequalsfreedom 
I had a super fun day bouldering at #mtwoodson with @kellyabirch and @jessicarusso325 . We didn't find all the routes that we wanted, but we made up for it with dirty jokes and trail mix.
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#climbing
#ramona
#bonersandboulders
#sending
I can't wait to climb #mtwoodson tomorrow with @kellyabirch and @jessicarusso325 !!!
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#ramona 
#boulder
#athleticism
#dyno
What's that over there? Well, those are your goals....
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Sometimes they're separated by a vast canyon and the only way to reach them is by taking a step down, up, or across.
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Your goals may require you to jump, run, climb, or swim. What I mean is that taking action isn't always easy...
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A worthy goals requires diligent work. Accountability is EVERYTHING. I find it useful to make your goals known to your close ones. This prudent action keeps you on the straight and narrow. You don't want to let yourself or your friends down in your desire to achieve and overcome.
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By committing to your own excellence, we all win. Our efforts to master the domain of our mind, body, and spirit uplifts our consciousness and that of our peers.
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So, will you choose to drop the extra 15lbs? Run your first marathon? Or give up toxic habits? Take the leap. The first step reinforces the last.
What's that over there? Well, those are your goals.... . Sometimes they're separated by a vast canyon and the only way to reach them is by taking a step down, up, or across. . Your goals may require you to jump, run, climb, or swim. What I mean is that taking action isn't always easy... . A worthy goals requires diligent work. Accountability is EVERYTHING. I find it useful to make your goals known to your close ones. This prudent action keeps you on the straight and narrow. You don't want to let yourself or your friends down in your desire to achieve and overcome. . By committing to your own excellence, we all win. Our efforts to master the domain of our mind, body, and spirit uplifts our consciousness and that of our peers. . So, will you choose to drop the extra 15lbs? Run your first marathon? Or give up toxic habits? Take the leap. The first step reinforces the last.
People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive. #josephcampbell .
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#bouldering 
#climbing
#mesarim 
#joshuatree
#lifestyle
I told you I did #yoga .
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Follow @johnparker__ for daily yoga inspiration.
I told you I did #yoga  . . Follow @johnparker__ for daily yoga inspiration.
It seems like everyone is a believer in the power of #kettlebells ! So much so that my client @mt_smithers needed to use a calculated improvisation in his #snatch workout (all the bells were taken).
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Great work Matt! And easy 95lb one arm snatch...
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#barbellsnatch
#kettlebellsnatch
#onlinetraining
#climbingtraining
Too good not to post... balance and power. Sending!
Too good not to post... balance and power. Sending!
Working Saturday Night Live - V4 in Joshua Tree. I need some spotters and extra crash pads before I send. Anyone want to lend a hand?
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Happy New Years Eve! Bless up fam!
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#bouldering 
#climbing
#mesarim 
#joshuatree
Working Saturday Night Live - V4 in Joshua Tree. I need some spotters and extra crash pads before I send. Anyone want to lend a hand? . Happy New Years Eve! Bless up fam! . . . #bouldering  #climbing  #mesarim  #joshuatree