Benefits of Summer Camps for kids!

Benefits of Summer Camps for kids!

Many of us have some sort of childhood memory of summer camp, but believe it or not, summer camps have many more benefits for kids than just providing a day care option for busy moms and dads.  Sports camps in particular, like the ones we offer at recROC can offer even more initially unseen benefits for children- especially for those in the pre-teen age range that might feel like a traditional summer camp is old news.  Here are some great bonuses that your children will receive when attending a LrC…

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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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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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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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