Training Tips Archive

Scroll the list below or use the navigation tool on the left side of each page to find valuble training tips from all of your favorite Athletes on the La Sportiva Team.

Jen Olson - 5 Tips for Getting Strong

Jen Olson - 5 Tips for Getting Strong

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I see myself as a beginner at training for climbing, but I have been fortunate to receive some coaching from a handful of experts in the past couple years and I am seeing great results.  Hopefully this will motivate you to achieve your goals!

Paige Claassen - Fitting your Shoes

Paige Claassen - Fitting your Shoes

Monday, September 9, 2013
My whole life I’d been told to downsize my climbing shoes. The pros crammed their toes into tiny shoes, so I needed to as well. Eventually, this application trickled into my sizing of street and approach shoes as well. My La Sportiva Testarossas were four European sizes smaller than my Raptor approach shoes...

Alex Johnson - Indoor Training

Alex Johnson - Indoor Training

Friday, August 30, 2013
Finger strength. Alex “AJ” Johnson says it’s the single most important asset for bouldering, a sport that requires athletes to clamber up, down, and across low-to-the-ground rocks, sans ropes and harnesses. Johnson has always been able to hang onto just about anything for long periods of time.

Matt Wilder - Healthy Tips

Matt Wilder - Healthy Tips

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Bishop, Hueco, The Gunks, RMNP… Face it, sharp holds are a reality in bouldering.  Even the most classic problems are bound to have at least one sharp hold that will tear your fingers to shreds.  As everyone knows, climbing with torn tips is painful and not fun.  Thus, the key to enjoying bouldering is the ability to keep your tips tough and flapper free.  Here are a few things that will prolong the life of your skin and lead to longer bouldering sessions.

Andrew Fast - Key Core Exercises

Andrew Fast - Key Core Exercises

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
La Sportiva Mountain Running Athlete Andrew Fast goes through some of his favorite core exercise to help build the base strength you'll need to go fast and hard in the mountains.  Great advice for runners, skiers and climbers alike!

Derrick Spafford - Ultra Running Tips

Derrick Spafford - Ultra Running Tips

Monday, April 30, 2012

With the recent growth in popularity of ultra marathons, there is great information available about all aspects of our sport. As a running coach I have noticed a few areas that people tend to benefit most from having objective guidance. Here are some things that you might want to incorporate in your own training.

Olivia Cussen - Escaping a Belay

Olivia Cussen - Escaping a Belay

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
La Sportiva Athlete and IFMGA guide Olivia Cussen demonstrates how to escape a belay in this great video.

Jim Shimberg - Preparing for Ice Season

Jim Shimberg - Preparing for Ice Season

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It is rainy and 38 degrees F here in New Hampshire.  Time to plan for the ice season.  We know what’s coming and we want to be mentally prepared and physically fit.  After over 30 years of this ice climbing nonsense, I have a few tips for all y'all to stay warm, safe and happy even on the coldest days during the New England ice season.

Timy Fairfield - Training Advice

Timy Fairfield - Training Advice

Monday, August 22, 2011

The mind is the most powerful weapon in our approach to a climbing objective and it must therefore be forged through every aspect of our training.  Focus, decisiveness, adaptability, analysis, intuition, creativity, introspection, commitment, tenacity and perseverance are all favorable traits that we exhibit when we are climbing at our best – every aspect of our training must be structured around cultivating these attributes. 

Brad Weaver - Staying Psyched in the Heat

Brad Weaver - Staying Psyched in the Heat

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

As soon as May rolls around in the southeast, the majority of climbers are hanging up their packs and hiking boots and hitting the gyms.  The hot weather and ridiculously humid conditions that any climber in the south knows all too well is a bit too much for some of us to bear.

Jack Roberts - Life Training

Jack Roberts - Life Training

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Here I am again running up the Mesa Trail in the early morning light with my dog Pisco, training for another South American climbing trip.  I’m trying to do the right things that make me stronger and more successful in the mountains - whatever that means.  The training always changes. 

Mark Tanaka - Race Tips

Mark Tanaka - Race Tips

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Confession:  Though I've finished over 90 trail ultras in the past seven years, I continue to forget learned lessons, and find myself repeating the same mistakes.  Must have something to do with being middle-aged.  Some of these perhaps don't apply to everyone.  If nothing else, I figure I might finally master some of these tips if I see it in a slick, multicolor brochure!

Tony Yao - Redpointing

Tony Yao - Redpointing

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Earlier this summer, I was trying to red point a route in Rifle, CO. The route had a boulder problem at the beginning, followed by some moderate climbing in the middle, with a final red point crux at the top. I thought if I could get past the beginning boulder problem then the top "redpoint crux" would be no problem.

Derrick Spafford - Syndenham 2010

Derrick Spafford - Syndenham 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A record number of 264 runners registered for this year’s race that took place in the town of Sydenham, Ontario. The start/finish is located on the high school track, with the first and last 500 meters going down the main street. The remainder of the course is on the picturesque Cataraqui Trail along the northern shoreline of Sydenham Lake.

Adam Gifford - Training for The Bear 100

Adam Gifford - Training for The Bear 100

Friday, September 10, 2010

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Derrick Spafford - Streaking Since 1989

Derrick Spafford - Streaking Since 1989

Sunday, January 10, 2010
I have been running and competing year round since 1982. I can still remember clearly the day of December 25, 1989. I was frustrated at myself following a period of inconsistent training, so I decided that I was going to see how many days I could run in a row without taking a day off. Well, Christmas Day this past week marked the 20th year of my running streak.

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Derrick Spafford - Haliburton Forest 100

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Things seemed a little different going into the Haliburton Forest 100 mile Trail Run this year. Last year was my first 100 mile race and I had a lot of questions. However, getting the first one out of the way in 2008 and having another year of solid training under my belt (buckle) left me in a good place going into this year. You never want to be overconfident before an ultra, as anything can happen, however I felt pretty good that on race day if I ran smart things would go well.

AJW - Ultra Tips

AJW - Ultra Tips

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

One of the major problems that confounds ultrarunners at all distances is the stomach. In my experience stomach problems are capricious and highly unpredictable. One race can go by with no problems at all while the next race things start going down early and the damage is done

Buzz Burell - Top 12 Trail Tips

Buzz Burell - Top 12 Trail Tips

Sunday, April 26, 2009
What do I know? Not much ... but it's a new season, so here goes anyway: my own Top Twelve Trail Tips. Definitely post your Comments, criticisms, and additions below!

Bruce Grant - Sunflower Trail Run

Bruce Grant - Sunflower Trail Run

Wednesday, May 7, 2003
As trailrunners, we know that there is nothing quite as magical and fulfilling as those runs where you float over the trail effortlessly, feeling fantastic, loving every minute, and naturally, setting a course PR in the process. These days can be few and far between, but -- ahhh, when you get them.....it is nirvana.