As a movement coach and former climbing teacher, one of the first myths to bust when I teach new climbers is that it is predominantly an upper body sport.
Sure, your grip, shoulders, biceps and back will get worked, but as you develop technique, you start to realize that your true power comes from other places: your feet, your problem-solving skills and your ability to breathe when things get a little spicy. Read More
In high school I took up marching band so that I didn't have to take gym class. I was afraid of kickball. The locker room felt awkward. And while epaulets and a feathered hat weren't really my jam, at least I could blend in with the rest of the dorky feathered-hat kids. Read More
OH SHIT! You've been sentenced to X number weeks in a boot for a fracture, break, sprain, etc. in your foot or ankle. You doc says no weight-bearing on either foot. Have no fear...we'll link up your "X" patterns and have you hunting gold-standard badassery in spite of your single-leg status. Here are 12 ways to get jacked while you're jacked up. Read More
I found Tess when looking for a trainer to work with after an ankle injury. I was new to the world of physical activity but she had a blog post about working out like a pirate (when you have one foot damaged) and her playful tone in the article told me that this might be the trainer for me. I was right! Tess' attitude was immensely helpful, positive, and fun! I now LIKE strength training which was inconceivable a few years ago. I think it's amazing and empowering and a freaking high and that is entirely because Tess was willing to meet me exactly where I was (a couch potato) and step by step take me to the next thing. I always feel that I'm in safe hands with Tess; she challenges me in the perfect way that will get me over the next obstacle without discouraging me. It is not an understatement to say that Tess has changed my life. I know that sounds cheesy but it's absolutely true. I went from wanting a few exercises I could do while sidelined with a sprained ankle to making daily movement an integral part of my life. Read More