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Importance of Core Strength for Climbing and Athletic Performance

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Core strength is vital for all-around athletic performance and remains one of the most important aspects to improving your climbing ability. A weak core can leave you susceptible to lower back pain and muscle injuries. Despite an emphasis on grip strength, improving your core strength remains equally as important. In our post on ‘5 Key Core Exercises’, we went over things that you can do practically anywhere. This time we’d like to go into more detail about your core, how to incorporate core strength exercises into…

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Women in Mountain Guiding

Friday, March 8, 2019

Celebrating Erica on this International Day of Women for her achievement in being the 11th Canadian women to become an IFMGA mountain guide. We are pleased to highlight her on International Day of Women for this hard won achievement. As mountain enthusiasts ourselves we have been out with Erica to hone our own skills, we are so excited for her on this achievement that is a challenge for men and women alike. Looking forward to following her adventures and getting outside with her in the…

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The New Canada Food Guide — Helping You Understand it Better

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A few months ago a new food guide was published for Canadians, there has been some concerns from some people, and specific food industries. It is also open to a lot more interpretation of the general public. Gone are the meat and potato days that many of us grew up with. There are still some ideas it presents that need further clarification. We at Mountain Fitness Training (MFT), went to a couple students of nutrition studies and asked some questions we had. We have Hannah Chapeskie…

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Parents — Fitness in Your Life

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Routine  Parents, if you’re anything like me when I had small children, your day goes something like this. 6:00 – get up, get self-ready for work 7:00 – wake kids, get them ready for daycare 7:30 – maybe get breakfast into some or all of us if the kids found their favourite clothes and got dressed willingly and quickly 7:45 – out the door, daycare drop off 8:00 – make it work on time if the kids found their friends at daycare and managed…

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Proper Recovery is Key to Rewarding Mountain Adventures

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

My partner and I recently completed an epic backpacking trip where we hiked over 130 km and tackled 2 remote big mountains, in 8 days.  We had 2 weeks of vacation and planned to spend the second week climbing.  But first, we took a day off to celebrate our achievements and let our bodies recover. The next day, we did an easy multi pitch climb.  We wanted a relaxing day and some practice placing gear.  However, we didn’t enjoy the route, we found it surprisingly…

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Adventure Woman – Sylvie Roy

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  I would like to introduce you to the amazing Sylvie, she moved to Western Canada 17 years ago where she slowly fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. Sylvie is also an academic in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her first degree was in Kinesiology, then she took a degree in Education and she taught in school. Eventually becoming an expert in second language teaching and learning and sociolinguistics. Growing up in rural Quebec, running and cross-country skiing is…

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Adventure Woman – Lisa Hunka

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lisa grew up on the Alberta prairies. In her younger adult years she discovered her passion in the Rocky Mountains, with backpacking, mountaineering and climbing. Lisa recalls at an early age receiving a treasured gift,  a pair of cross country skis. Growing up in the heart of the prairies this was one of her first introductions to a sport that would lead her to play in the mountains. Her first career had her very much in the outdoors. After completing her degree in forestry, she…

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Adventure Woman – Tiffany Meyer

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

  Tiffany is a Bow Valley local who took up climbing in her 51st year of life. It was while she was working at the newly opened Good Earth Café which looks directly into the newly built climbing gym at Elevation Place, in Canmore AB. While working and observing many climbers new and seasoned she was intrigued by their movement and skill, she felt a draw to give climbing a try. First she had to work to overcome a shoulder injury, she managed this with…

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Maximizing Your Workout

Thursday, May 10, 2018

When it comes to finding time to get fit for your weekend adventures, it is always hard.  Between kids, work, volunteer demands and pets, you want to maximize your efforts. There are some simple ways to lift those weights or do your strength training, or cardiovascular training with efficiency. Find a facility or place to train that is convenient, your best time of day, make it social time too, or potentially partner time and use proper bio-mechanics (form). Where to train? If you are going…

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Recovering from Injuries

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Getting injured is terrible, even when you get injured doing something you love.  Recovering from injuries can be straightforward.  Medical science has many ways to help us heal our bodies.  But even when the body has fully healed, the mind may hold on.  This is the story of how I got injured last September and the mental side of my recovery. The Fourth Bolt I clip the fourth bolt and breath deeply.  This is the place.  I’m about 15 meters off the ground and the climbing has…

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