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By Casey Ryback
Aug 17, 2012
Chief Petty Officer and former Navy Seal turned chef

Dave Macleod Tweet about Sean McColl core exercises

I guess this guy must also be really detached from the scientific community, even though he lectures at Oxford on sports science....


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By Will S
From Joshua Tree
Aug 17, 2012

The SCC guy had some good points despite his tone, primarily that the best athletes don't necessarily make good training models to follow, and they don't necessarily know whether their methods are sound, probably don't make the best coaches, etc. (This isn't intended to reflect on Sean, all we saw was a snippet, we don't know his training plan/schedule)

But some of the minutia SCC guy gets into is a little crazy and "off" IMO. Like saying the core exercise is useless because of flexion, etc. I mean really, how many times when bouldering near your limit on plastic do you have feet cut and have to hold a swing and re-paste them?...It happens a lot for me. It's the nature of climbing gymnastic plastic problems, and if I were training for climbing in indoor comps, I think that exercise would be quite specific actually.

People tend to think of "train your weakest link" as style specific...like slabs, or technical balancey vertical or whatever. But that also applies to strength, and it's hard to know what is limiting you. That's one more reason I think isolating them is very important, you are sure to hit the weakest (provided you do a full spectrum of exercises) but you don't undertrain the stronger links...they are still getting full attention.

If you look at say, coaches training powerlifters - for the bench press specialists sometimes the coaches will have them stop benching all together and focus on rotator cuff and midrange tricep stuff...and they return to the benchpress six or eight weeks later and destroy their prior bests despite not having performed the specific BP movement for a couple months.


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By koreo
From Denver, CO
Aug 17, 2012
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Nico Toscani wrote:
I guess this guy must also be really detached from the scientific community, even though he lectures at Oxford on sports science....


and he only climbs 5.14 and v14. He's a wind bag.


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By koreo
From Denver, CO
Aug 17, 2012
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Will S wrote:
If you look at say, coaches training powerlifters - for the bench press specialists sometimes the coaches will have them stop benching all together and focus on rotator cuff and midrange tricep stuff...and they return to the benchpress six or eight weeks later and destroy their prior bests despite not having performed the specific BP movement for a couple months.


I've seen the same thing back when I practiced muai thai. Elbows were my weapon of choice (i'm short) but for two weeks every two months we'd focus on the pugilistic skills (jabs, straights) and come back throwin heavier and faster elbows.


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By Charles Kinbote
From Brooklyn, NY
Aug 18, 2012
On Waimea, 5.10d

It doesn't surprise me that Mr. Hunter didn't like the video. The second half is all supplementary exercises. Hunter thinks all that stuff is a waste of time.

The folks over at climbing narc seem to be offended by Hunter's tone, and they're running to Sean's defense...but the video really isn't that good. Or is it just me? It doesn't tell you anything about Sean's training program; it's a workout snapshot.


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