Modus Cafe: Conversations Beyond Climbing

Modus Cafe: Conversations Beyond Climbing

Hosted by: Mercedes Pollmeier & Katja Dove

Welcome to Modus Cafe. Join us for fun, light-hearted, and educational conversations around training, athletic longevity, and the human side of climbing. Hosted by Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mercedes...

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30. Two Climbing Drills For maximum Impovement

At Modus, we love drills, and we do many of them! But we thought we would share two drills that are our favorite and our go-tos if you have minimal time or have a tough time deciding what you need to focus on. If you...
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29. Specific Climbing Training | Training Series With Steve Bechtel

Join Coach Merc & Katja from Modus Athletica and climbing coach Steve Bechtel from Climb Strong in an in-depth conversation on Specific Training for Climbing. We cover more nuanced climbing training topics,...
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28. Identifying Your Ego In Climbing | How It Holds You Back

There are subtle ways our ego can creep into our climbing sessions, especially when we are in "training" mode. This podcast discusses signs of ego, how we sabotage ourselves without knowing it, and how we avoid...
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27. Belonging In Climbing Spaces

Do you ever feel like you don't belong in climbing spaces? Or maybe you don't quite feel like a "climber" yet? This episode explores cultural reasons why this happens and what you can do if you want to "belong." This...
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26. Climbing Training Burnout | Strategies For Success

If you ever feel heavy, like you're walking through mud with your training, or even having a hard time showing up at the gym, it could mean you are suffering from burnout.  This happens to most folks to devote time...
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25. Building a Stronger Climber | The Essentials of Strength Training

Here is the second episode in our training series with Steve Bechtel. We discuss the importance of general strength training for climbers as well as across our human lifespan. We discuss exercise selection, bodyweight...
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24. How To Get Your First Pull Up

In this episode of Modus Cafe, Mercedes discusses the benefits of developing pull-up strength for climbers and non-climbers. She also covers the essential exercises to nail your pull-up and provides a pull-up program...
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23. Reframing Climbing Failure

In this episode, we discuss the impact of failure in the context of climbing. Failure is part of our beautiful sport, and as climbing coaches, we often see that failure can lead to feelings of inadequacy and...
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22. The Long Haul: Transforming Climbing Training Into A Lifestyle

This episode embraces long-term, consistent training as a transformative lifestyle choice. Discover why dedicating a minimum of three months to training is just the beginning of experiencing significant enhancements...
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21. How To Train Climbing Endurance | Training Series With Steve Bechtel

In this limited series, we welcome Steve Bechtel from Climb Strong to discuss the main facets of climbing training. We'll cover Endurance, Strength, Power, Power Endurance, Recovery, and Program design. In this...
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20. Are Climbing Grades Really That Useful?

In this podcast episode, we talked about the subjective nature of climbing grades. We question the reliability of the grading system, highlighting the variability among climbers and potential bias. As we know,...
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19. Athletic Longevity - Invest in yourself Now

Healthy humans make healthy climbers. At Modus, this is our focus when we train our athletes. Our goal is to help athletes feel good, and perform well. Listen to today's episode to see which areas we focus on, and we...
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