3 Ways to Up Your Climbing and Fitness Game
By Lindsay Scheele

Mauka Fitness helps climbers get stronger, climb harder, and avoid injury. Wherever you
are on your climbing or fitness journey, we have a program that’s right for you.

1. Just looking to test the waters? Try Z-Fit! 

Z-Fit (our weekly group fitness class) is one of the best ways to get started with us in your fitness and/or climbing journey. Whether you’re new to climbing or a seasoned climber, Z-Fit is going to improve your strength and fitness on and off the climbing wall.

Led by Nick and Christine Chavis, Z-Fit is held every Tuesday at 6 pm at Zenith Climbing Center. It is a great way to get to know other climbers, improve your work capacity, and build strength.

We start with an active warm-up, then go over the workout with Nick and practice all the movements before we start. As we go through the workout, Nick also offers modifications for each exercise for anyone who needs to make the moves a little less intense. When everyone is finished, we end the night with an active cool-down.

You don’t have to climb at Zenith (or even be a climber!) to attend. We have a wide variety of people who love Z-fit, from advanced climbers to those who are just starting their fitness journey. We would love to see you there!

2. Want to go from 5.8 to 5.10 and beyond!? Try our online programming!

One of the most exciting projects we have been working on here at Mauka is creating an online training program for people who want to up their climbing game.

As we researched existing climbing programs, we noticed a huge gap in the market: There were hardly any training programs geared towards beginner to intermediate climbers! There are plenty of programs for advanced climbers, but nothing for someone who climbs 5.8-5.9s and is wanting to climb 5.10 and beyond. So we put one together.

We spent months creating this program, testing it, and improving it, and we feel confident in what we have come up with.

The program consists of 3 training days per week, with 1 additional day of an optional accessory and mobility work. Each training day is divided into 3 parts: A primer, movement drills, and mobility work.

Whether you’re climbing 5.13s or 5.5s we love starting with a primer. Starting this way helps prime the muscles for climbing, while also strengthening some of your non-climbing muscles.

Once you’re warmed up, you go into your movement drills for the day. This changes from day to day, but we’ve tried to focus on making these drills the perfect blend of challenging and fun. A lot of these drills focus on keeping climbing quality high and fatigue low. We want the climber to focus on technique and get quality time on the wall with these drills.

Finally, we’ve created a mobility-focused cooldown. Oftentimes we see climbers focusing only on strength in an attempt to reach that next grade, but that’s a mistake. Mobile hips, hamstrings, and shoulders are essential to hard climbing, and they prevent injury too.

3. Want to go deeper/work on specific issues? – We offer personal training!

Our training sessions offer the chance to get individualized training for climbing or general fitness.

While Z-Fit and online programming are great, sometimes a personalized plan is helpful to address individual needs – whether it’s body recomposition, sport-specific training, or rehabilitation after an injury.

For more information about personal training, Z-Fit or our upcoming Mauka Climbing program which launches this summer, be sure to follow Mauka Health & Fitness on Facebook and Instagram.

One more thing…

We also recently took over coaching for Zenith Climbing Center recreational climbing (open to any kids age 6+) and competition climbing teams (invite-only). Christine has done such an amazing job creating a curriculum for the kids to follow. We love watching this program grow as more kids develop a love for climbing.

We teach kids to love climbing by showing them how capable they already are. Every night starts with a warm-up, followed by a climbing-focused drill that we practice together. Once everyone is ready, we take what we have learned and apply it to the wall. We love this part
because it forces the kids to try hard and figure things out for themselves.

If you are interested in signing your child up for a climbing team, call Zenith Climbing Center for more information.

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