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Neely Quinn interviews pro rock climbers, climbing trainers, and other insightful members of the climbing community about how we can get a little better at rock climbing. Subjects include how to train for certain aspects of the sport, how to rehab injuries, the best diet for climbing, and personal stories about climbing.

Mar 5, 2014

I sat down and chatted with my very good friend, Paige Claassen, before she took off on her Lead Now Tour around the country this past year. We talked about being driven by success, how she's managed to pull off proud 5.14 ascents with style, and how food affects her climbing.

Since our talk, she's been traveling the globe, climbing rad sport routes, sending even more 5.14s, and raising money for her favorite non-profits all along the way. If you'd like to donate to her noble cause, you can do so here.

Climbing and Training

  • How she got into climbing
  • How she trains and how she pushes herself
  • How often she trained before her big trip
  • The role breathing loudly plays in her climbing and what it’s done for my own climbing
  • Her one rule in climbing
  • Her strategy for doing more moves in a short gym
  • How she works her abs and other cross-training she does
  • The one exercise that helped her climbing the most
  • How she stays psyched to climb, and what she does when she’s not psyched

Diet & Weight

  • An explanation of her rapid weight loss years ago
  • How food affects her climbing
  • What role her weight has played in her hardest sends
  • What she eats now and what makes her feel amazing before climbs
  • Why food is a little frustrating for her
  • The surprising foods that make her feel the best
  • A day in the life of Paige’s eating