Find the Parkour shoe for you!

Find the Parkour shoe for you!

Parkour Explore is one of our most popular youth programs at Lititz recROC! This unique sport combines jumping, climbing, flips, and much more in an urban setting.  Due to the demanding physicality of the sport, it is necessary to outfit oneself with the proper equipment, as little as that may be! The first item to consider is footwear.  Proper footwear can make a huge difference and can also help to save money from the beginning.  Most of the time, when people do not look for the best shoes for parkour, they…

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Horizontal movement for upper body strength

Horizontal movement for upper body strength

Now that you have mastered climbing up, it’s time to work on the strategies to get across the wall. Traversing across problems helps to mimic outdoor bouldering and climbing, because real-deal rocks don’t have fun colored holds- but it would be pretty awesome if they did! Here are a few tips to get you moving in a horizontal direction to gain the skills you will need to conquer your next adventure! Be sure to warm up.  Horizontal movement will require different muscle engagement as well as joint movement.  This means that…

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Par-what?! Parkour!

Par-what?! Parkour!

If you have been clicking around our website or stopped by recROC on a Monday evening you may have noticed some mentions of a Parkour class…but what the heck is that you are thinking? Well, here’s your answer… Parkour is an athletic discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training- think about all the times you have seen Navy Seals depicted in movies jumping or shimmying under various objects. Parkour runners aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the…

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Take a break!

Take a break!

Find Rest Spots. Unlike many other sports, taking a rest break in climbing problems is encouraged.  Learning to spot and take advantage of rest spots is critical as part of your technique in rock climbing. Climbers that think they can muscle up a wall are typically not as successful as those that take the extra few minutes to conceptualize a problem. Most competition routes do not separate climbers based power or tricks, they are separated based on skill and ability to read the problem and overcome the obstacles. They are steady level…

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It’s Boulder Bash time!

It’s Boulder Bash time!

Lititz recROC is thrilled to announce that registrations for the 2nd annual Boulder Bash are in full swing! This day of climbing competition will take place beginning at 10 am on Saturday, March 3rd with registration opening for on-site registrations at 8:30am.  Pre-registration cost of a reduced fee of $25 will be available for those wishing to participate through February 17th. A limited edition event t-shirt will also be given to all pre-registrants.   After February 18th, cost will increase to $30 per competitor and shirts will be available on a…

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Are you a slow and steady or a speed climber?

Are you a slow and steady or a speed climber?

Speed of Climbing. Some climbers are slow and deliberate and have a static technique. Some climbing fast using a dynamic climbing technique. Both types of climbing can be considered good rock climbing technique. For the most part, climbing moves that are dynamic and require a lot of upper body, grip and arm strength should be completed quickly.  Dynamic climbers should also plan moves and routes in advance before attempting a climb.  Get through the moves quickly to save your upper body, and use the momentum to help place your body mass…

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Tips Tuesday: Get up close and personal with the wall! Move it like Spiderman!

Tips Tuesday: Get up close and personal with the wall! Move it like Spiderman!

As a boulder climber, you need to get up close and quite personal with the wall you are climbing to have a successful answer to the problems at hand.   Some of the best advice you can get is keep your body close to the wall. You should also keep your center of gravity balanced in a forward-backward direction, not leaning on one side or the other too heavily. In other words, keep your weight focused toward the wall or away from the wall.  Understandably, sometimes leaning back away from the wall…

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Stick with your exercise goals in the new year!

Stick with your exercise goals in the new year!

Starting an exercise routine is difficult, but sticking with it can seem impossible! Weather it’s committing to a daily run, yoga practice, or a bouldering class, there can be simple ‘tricks’ you play on yourself to make that commitment stick! Here are a few ideas to keep up your healthy new habits far beyond the month of January! Sign up for a class that you have never tried before.  Do you find that each year you sign up for a spin class and abandon it after a few weeks? Maybe…

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Tips Tuesday: Get Balanced!

Tips Tuesday: Get Balanced!

Get Balanced. The starting point for developing a good rock climbing technique begins with your sense of balance, and how you control your balance on the wall. Your feet may be close together, or spread-eagle, or in an even stance. Your center of balance is always centered on your body mass. Your center of gravity should be centered in a forward-backward as well as a left-right direction. A good sense of balance is the key to moving smoothly and making difficult climbing moves appear effortless. The center of mass is…

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