Entries by Carolyn Parker

When Rest Is Best

It’s August and rock climbing season is in full swing. It’s a good time for a mid-season check in. I always check in with my athletes before we start training. I check in to make sure they aren’t working around pain or discomfort. Recently a young, strong athlete came into my gym for her training […]

Pull-Ups For Beginners

Pull-Ups For Beginners is a training program for anyone who has ever wanted to do a pull-up. Why are pull-ups so hard? Over the years, I’ve trained many women (some over 60!) to do their first pull-up ever and let me tell you, every first is as thrilling as the last. It’s truly empowering to […]

Training for Mountaineering | Back to Basics

When training for mountaineering (backcountry skiing, climbing: gym climbing, rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing), the most important lesson I’ve learned over the years is to always go back to the basics. Although I played many sports when I was young, it was not until I was 18 that I started to train in a structured […]

Get More Specific Strength for Ice Climbing

Training for Ice Climbing? Time to dial it up! Icing on the Climbing Cake–more specific strength for ice climbing. Ice climbing is a different beast. Solid general fitness and specific strength is key to success. If you’ve been following the Chicks Training tips recently you know about the last two ice-climbing-specific workouts. Swing! Training for Ice […]