It’s a tough job

Being the UK’s premier climbing coach/physio means every now and then (weekly) having to actually climb. Tough eh? Enjoying working 1:1 at BLOC with Tom looking at foot placement and planning. Lots learned, especially by me – not bad for a middling sort.

How to run an ultra-marathon; part 1

A friend of mine had convinced me to run an ultra-marathon. My previous max distance is 15 miles so a degree of scepticism is understandable. But his argument went something like this; you’re not punching out tarmac miles so your knees last longer, you can always walk, it’s nicer. So I thought I’d start with…

Back pain: how to live with one of the world’s biggest health problems

My favourite quote, “The evidence [for effective back pain treatments] is strongest for therapist-delivered interventions such as the cognitive behavioural approach, based on the same principles as CBT, exercise treatment and physiotherapy“. Just sayin’ But another well considered article. Come see me. Back pain: how to live with one of the world’s biggest health problems…

Injury of the week

Well this is a doozy. A friend and fellow climber had this happen to him whilst doing push ups – can you tell what it is. Clue – I couldn’t do anything to help

Only 6 weeks away from full fitness

I heard this phrase recently regarding climbers and I immediately recognised the relevance of this. When I have a big “gig” be it work or a trip I tend to start training about 6 weeks prior. I guess I can’t discount the self limiting factor of climbing – you can only do what you can…

International Rock Climbing Research Association

Can you believe there even is such a thing? A bit niche but I am looking forward to heading out to Chamonix to find out all the latest research pertinent to my line of work. Its a great chance to collaborate and meet up and I might even find my way up a mountain or…

Nourishing the human psyche

Having a tip top day in London at Photo London and The Tate – makes a change from running/cycling/climbing (I’m a big fan of nourishing all aspects of the human psyche). Interestingly I’ve noticed a few things about art; I’m not a big fan of landscape pictures despite loving landscapes. Bigger is not better. Happening…

An adjustment – but not in a chiro way.

I’m changing where I work from over the summer so for all my city centre clients I am sorry but I won’t be at Christmas Steps for June/July/August. I have the lamest or best excuse depending on you point of view but I am spending more time climbing and putting in more bike miles. Good…