Adam Ondra is one of the greatest rock climbers in the world

Adam Ondra is an absolute BEAST!

Adam Ondra is pure beast mode

Also master of his body and alot of fun to watch

Adam Ondra is pure beast mode
[Photo] Heinz Zak and Black Diamond Equipment
I love rock climbing. I'm not great by any measure and my climbing has been 99.5% indoor but it's the most fun hobby I've ever had. When you go to a climbing gym or an outdoor crag just watching others climb is fun.

When you get to the level of the greatest climbers in the world, like Alex Hunnold, Tommy Caldwell and Ashima Shiraishi (as a small sample) you see a dedication to the sport, discipline, training and focus that inspires you to do more with whatever it is that makes your heart sing. As you watch a movie like the beautiful "The Dawn Wall" you think "I've never worked as hard at anything as Tommy Caldwell did for the Dawn Wall project." (Definitely not dismissing Kevin Jorgenson's efforts but even he will tell you The Dawn Wall was Tommy's project.)

Recently I've begun following Adam Ondra. He is pure BEAST MODE.

He of crazy hair and equally crazy screaming is a master of his body. As you watch this video, you're left in awe of his strength, flexibility, endurance and proprioception.

Rock climbing has a rating system that goes from 5.1 (pure beginner) to this climb, Silence, a crag in Flatanger, Norway, which is proposed as a 5.15d putting it in the rare company of... NOTHING! This would be the first route of this difficulty ever.

There are a couple of moments in the video that were the inspiration for this post:

3:54 - Adam "rests" with the most insane upside down knee bar imaginable. It's kind of mind blowing. (It's the featured image above)

9:35 - Adam is on the ground practicing a body (and mind) bending contortion that he needs to use to complete one of the crux moves (A "crux" is the most difficult section of a route). Take note of this for later.

11:00 - The start of the unique portion of the Silence climb. It shares it's beginning with another route (Change) Adam had completed years before.

11:24 - 11:52 - This is the crux. As I watched I thought "Oh lordi! Should he be doing that to his body?!?!" It is CRAZY!! Here is Adam's description of this section:

The strangest moves are on the V15 crux 1, which is very physical, but the most precision-demanding climbing I have ever seen in my life. It is very hard to turn upside down, “stab” my left foot super high into the crack, doing it 100-percent precisely, finish the sequence with this foot jam, doing the last move while doing the most extreme drop-knee I have ever done, which feel like it would tear my knee and back apart.

12:03 - The end of the crux and an even crazier knee bar "rest".

12:06 - Prepare for screaming. Adam is kind of famous for screaming when he climbs.

14:00 - Adam walks along the ceiling. Not nearly as demanding as the crux but so cool!

Enjoy and be awed!

How to Prioritize Workouts when Work Life Gets Tough

Make space in your busy day to get some movement

Guest post by Vanessa Davis

We all want to look fit and feel amazing in our bodies, but that’s easier said than done when your schedule is constantly packed. Be it work and deadlines, or spending time with family and friends, the truth is we don’t find a lot of time to dedicate to our physical health, and sometimes we don’t try too hard to do so. However, it is of vital importance to have a time slot during which you can do things for yourself, and that includes exercising as well. Even if working out isn’t your favorite thing, you can’t deny the benefits you get from it which is why it’s important to talk about how to prioritize workouts when work life gets tough.

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So you want to get into rock climbing. GREAT idea! Here’s some beta.

Rock climbing has become my favorite hobby ever.

Rock climbing is a great hobby to have fun and stay fit.Years ago, the only way you could take up rock climbing is getting to know someone who already climbed, head outside with them and have them teach you every step of the way. It wasn’t a casual hobby. Nowadays, the growth in indoor rock climbing gyms throughout the US has opened up this great sport to anyone.

Read moreSo you want to get into rock climbing. GREAT idea! Here’s some beta.

Tips on How to Successfully Run In Sand - guest post from Runner Click

Tips on How to Successfully Run In Sand

Tips on How to Successfully Run In Sand

Tips to successfully run in sandThe great outdoors is one of the best places to enjoy running. Not only are you in the fresh air but you can take in some spectacular sights along the way. The beach is just one of the many places outdoors where you can enjoy a competitive sprint or a leisurely jog.

Whether it’s a cold winter morning or a balmy summer evening, the beach is the perfect place for running. Different types of sand will determine the intensity of your workout, choose deep sand for a high-intensity run and flat trails for lighter intensity.

Read moreTips on How to Successfully Run In Sand

The most amazing stunt cycling you’ll see, Danny MacAskill

Stunt cycling that will blow your mind.

Seriously… riding a moving wheel of hay??

I ride my bike a decent amount but I’m much more of a road/street cyclist. I’m not the off road, mountain biking type.

Danny MacAskill is. He’s probably the best at it. I’ve watched several of his creative & fun stunt cycling videos and they’re always a big “WOW”. As you watch his videos, you think “Yeah, but he had to do multiple takes to get it right,” and you’d be correct.

Read moreThe most amazing stunt cycling you’ll see, Danny MacAskill

There is nothing you're supposed to feel. What you feel comes from your nervous system.

Friday Quick Tip: What am I supposed to feel in GYROTONIC® training?

A common question all trainers hear is “What am I supposed to feel?”

Here’s the answer I most commonly give:

There is no answer to that question.

Sure, with a simple movement like a biceps curl, it’s pretty easy and obvious what you’re “supposed to feel”. Your biceps.

But what about a complex, multiplanar motion, which is what almost every GYROTONIC® exercise qualifies as.

Read moreFriday Quick Tip: What am I supposed to feel in GYROTONIC® training?

Exercise for busy parents from The Good Life

5 ways a Busy Parent can stay fit – from The Good Life

6:00 am in person wake up call by my 2 year old…

Fitness for the busy parent - guest post from The Good Lifeclosely followed by his two older siblings. Breakfast, clothes, pack lunch, pack snack, wash up, school drop off for the older kid then several hours with my two boys before I head to work for a couple hours then back to school for a pick up then home to finish the afternoon with my older child who was gone all day, then dinner, (sometimes work again), wash up, bed time, house cleanup, then……

Read more5 ways a Busy Parent can stay fit – from The Good Life

Exercise questions and answers

Exercise questions and answers, part 2

Lots of people have lots of questions about exercise.

And there are many place people look for answers. Once in a while I’ll jump onto one of those site and offer reasonable advice. Two sites with lots of exercise questions and answers are Quora and Sharecare. I’ve been answering questions on both since 2012. Here are a few of the answers I gave to their visitors’ questions.

Read moreExercise questions and answers, part 2

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