HIT Strip Training

Need a boost in your climbing? Want to be a little stronger? Great Western Power Company's system wall offers the perfect opportunity to train harder with HIT strips.

Over a decade ago, climbing training author Eric Horst developed a program to greatly increase grip strength. Hypergravity Isolation Training (HIT) utilizes high intensity exercise, identical finger holds, and climbing with weight.

In this video, accomplished boulderer Sam Schwartz demonstrates how to affectively use the HIT strips.

 



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Campus Board Training

Bouldering season is in full effect. In between weekend trips to Sonora and Bishop, the gym provides a great place to train. The campus board provides an ideal training surface.

In this video, Touchstone's Sam Schwartz provides instruction on how to effectively use a campus board.

 

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Member Profile: Daniel O'Shea

Daniel OShea - AfterDaniel O'Shea joined the GWPC community 2 years ago with the intent (like many others) to change his life and get healthy.  For him, the means to this end was CrossFit.  Since starting CrossFit in February 2011, Daniel has dropped 80 pounds, and more than doubled his strength gains.  He recently performed a strict pull-up for the first time, which was one of his personal fitness goals for 2012.

GWPC spent a few minutes with Daniel to talk about his physical journey, training regimen and opinions on “The Sport of Fitness”.

GW: Daniel, first off thanks for agreeing to meet with us, and congratulations on getting your first pull-up!

DO: Thanks, it was one of my last fitness goals for 2012, so I’m glad I was able to get it before the end of the year.

GW: How did you find out about our CrossFit Program?

DO: I had been curious about CrossFit for a while, since I have some friends who had tried it and seen very good results.  I was initially pretty reluctant to try it because it seemed very intense, I was so out of shape, and I thought I would hurt myself.  I knew that to be successful, I was going to need help, especially since it had been 5+ years since I had worked out with any sort of intensity/focus, and I wanted one on one instruction to see if CrossFit was right for me.  While I was still looking for a gym/trainer, I found the CrossFit East Bay website (crossfiteastbay.com), and got in touch with Max Lewin (CFEB Owner & Program Manager at GWPC).  He responded really quickly, and since the gym was close to my office, I walked over the next day to check it out and loved the place.  I signed up for a membership on the spot.

GW: How long have you been doing CrossFit?

DO: I started in February 2011, so almost 2 years.  My weight when I started CrossFit was 265 lbs. and I am currently at 185.

GW: What’s your favorite workout?

DO: My favorite workout is “Karen” (150 wall ball reps with 20# ball to a 10’ target for time) because it was the first workout that I could do Rx (as prescribed).

GW: A lot of folks are intimidated by CrossFit, especially given the aggressive nature of the workouts.  What would you say to someone who asked you about the culture of CrossFit and more specifically, the CFEB community?

DO: I’d say that it’s just that, a community.  I’ve found the people to be highly supportive and encouraging.  Of course it helps that we have similar fitness goals, but outside of that, most of the people I’ve met have just been good people.

GW: Do you have any goals for 2013?

DO: Well, there are 3 “core” skills that I still haven’t gotten yet: Double Unders, Handstand Pushups and Muscle Ups.  Ideally I’d like to get all three next year, but if I were able to do any of them, I’d still be psyched.  Also, I’d like to try climbing (bouldering) next year.



Daniel OShea - BeforeGW: Thanks again Daniel, we’re psyched to have been a part of your transformation, and wish you continued success with CrossFit (and hopefully soon, climbing)!

DO: No problem, thanks to all my trainers and workout buddies at CrossFit East Bay and GWPC!

Prenatal Yoga at GWPC

Prenatal yoga is a supportive way to practice yoga postures (asana) as well as breath work (pranayama) and relaxation safely while pregnant. This yoga is done at a slower pace to ensure safety and stability of your body and to build strength, all while creating more space for your baby to grow and preparing you for the birth process. Postures will be practiced in both a flowing style (Vinyasa) and individually.

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Upgrade at GWPC

The Touchstone gyms are always looking to make improvements on their facilities.  As part of the company's dedication to making a better climbing environment, the walls over at Great Western Power Company are a new shade.  The formerly orange walls are now white. 

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East Bay Betas: Ben Young

 "When can I take the lead test? When can I take the lead test? When can I take the lead test," asked Ben Young. Everyday for almost a year, East Betas member Ben has bugged the GWPC teen team coaches to let him apply for a lead card. Earlier this month, Ben finally turned 14, the required age to apply for a lead card.

 

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Ben has been climbing for the past 2 years and with the East Betas for a year and a half. Ben has had solid coaching and has managed to climb up to 5.11+. When he stepped up to take the test on Wednesday, June 26, he was ready.

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Training for Climbing

Are you looking for a way to improve your climbing? Do you want to be an elite climber? Justin Alarcon is having a training clinic at Great Western Power Company.

Justin Alarcon has been climbing for nearly 13 years. During that time he ranks his continual growth and development as a climber as his greatest achievement. Justin has climbed many of the grand walls of Yosemite and sport climbed 5.13, but these days you’ll most likely find him amongst the boulders. Justin, a NASM certified personal trainer, has begun to apply the training philosophies of traditional sports to climbing and has reaped the rewards. Now, he wants to share this knowledge with you!

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East Betas Bake Sale

On Tuesday night from 4 to 8pm, The East Betas will be having a bake sale at Great Western Power Company.  The youth climbing team, led by Sonora first ascentionist and Touchstone boulderer Ryan Moon, will be celebrating the team's 2 year anniversary.  The bake sale will also be an opportunity for the kids to get their team logo featured on a chalk bag.  Stop by the awesome Oakland gym, get some treats, and support a great team of climbing kids.

 

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Touchstone Rope Series In Full Swing at GWPC

 

The latest Touchstone Rope Series comp at Great Western Power Company went off well, with a ton of climbers testing out the new routes in the lead area and on the topropes around the gym.

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221 competitiors showed up to fight their way to the top of GWPC's technical walls. Local photographer and writer, Jim Thornburg signed copies of his new book "Stone Mountains" and even donated a signed copy to be raffled off to the climbers in attendance.

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New IPads at GWPC

 

Working out can be hard. Grinding away on the elliptical machine, doing a hundred floors on the Stairmaster, or keeping your heart rate at 140 for an hour on the treadmill aren't easy tasks. One of the best ways to make a workout go faster is to shift your focus to something else. Great Western Power Company just picked up a couple of Ipads to do just that.

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TRS 5 At GWPC

 

This Friday night, February 18, the Touchstone Rope series comp will be hitting the Great Western Power Company.

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There will be pizza, beer, and a ton of new routes all over the gym. The Touchstone Rope series are some of the best comps on the West Coast. Tons of climbers come and meet up, hang out, and have a blast at the functions.

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