September 2nd, 2018 by Matthew Phillips

Please enjoy my Vlog of the Innsbruck Training Camp I attended thanks to Boost Charitable Trust.

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March 27th, 2017 by Matthew Phillips

March 19th saw the first Paraclimbing Training Day of 2017. We all arrived just before opening at the new state of the art climbing centre in Wokingham, Berkshire the Oakwood Climbing Centre. For some it was the first visit to this centre but for me it’s become rather a regular hangout. 

The day started with a general chat and catch up with old friends as well as meeting the new members of the Paraclimbing Team. The new kit was handed out I particularly like the new style coat but all the new kit looks good. We welcomed the new team coach Belinda Fuller (Be) who will join Robin O’Leary in training the team.

A warm up session then on the climbing wall floor, with some exchange of various exercises used by different members of the team. 

The formal training started with each of us being set a number of boulder problems to work on recording the number of attempts we took to complete the problem. The coaches gave advice and coaching as required but also assessed everyone’s abilities and future development points. Then a break for lunch with Be scrutinising everyone’s lunch as a nutritionist as well as climbing coach, however, time for a bit of team banter round one team members converted van before it was time to get back to it.

After lunch the team members, taken a side by Be and went through a nutrition questionaire whilst others were set various tasks to complete allowing Robin to run some formal assesssment on people weaknesses and strengths.  The centre as a range of training facilities such as a lattice board, circuit board, campus. A number of team members underwent a lattice board assessment whilst others were set endurance task.s By the end of the day everyone was exhausted but all felt the day had been worthwhile and very useful.

Looking forward to the next training day this time at Awesome Walls in Sheffield.

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