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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.

Dec 22, 2016

About Josh Dreher

Josh Dreher is, among many other things, the husband of Teal Dreher, who was my first "normal person" interview on the podcast. I wanted to do another "normal person" interview, and I thought that Josh would be the perfect follow-up to Teal. I keep putting "normal person" in quotations because Josh is actually quite strong: a V12 climber. So he's not exactly normal.

However, he's had much of his success in the past year and a half after losing about 40 pounds and training diligently in his home gym. I found out in the interview that he actually attributes at least 60% of his newfound success to losing weight. 

He's been climbing for about 15 years, and he'd done 6 V10's or harder in that time. After the serious training and the weight loss, he's done 36 V10's or harder, and 2 of those were V12's, which he'd never climbed before. 

Pretty impressive. He also has a full-time job and really only trains in his garage, so I thought we could all learn a thing or two from him. 


Josh Dreher Interview Details

  • Scheduling training with full-time job
  • How he lost 40 pounds
  • Why he stopped running 
  • Moon board training
  • Home gym setup
  • The workout he did right before the interview
  • How he's designed his training plan
  • Dealing with sweaty hands