Training camps need to focus on what the athlete should be doing at the proper time of year, in conjunction with a yearly training plan. The camps Canada Strong Climbing will deliver in the months of July and August will focus on off-season training in preparation for the September start of most climbing teams’ training programs. This will mean the focus will be on conditioning, weakness assessment, and improved technical climbing. The focus will not be on climbing as hard as possible as this isn’t the time of year to be focused on this, although a good off-season program will support the athlete to climb their best when it is necessary to do so.
All camps in each province will be structured in the same manner, although owing to the individuality of each gym there will be slight differences that will be taken advantage of. The cost of each camp will be the same across the country as well.
Each camp will consist of the following components:
- a discussion on yearly training plans and what all phases of the plan should look like when you are training throughout the year
- assessments on strength, flexibility, mobility, and mental preparedness
- a general education on anatomy, connecting what we do in climbing with how our bodies make it happen
- technical climbing training
- speed climbing analysis (for those gyms that have speed climbing available)
- nutrition breaks in both the morning and afternoon
- work with experienced climbing coaches
- a written debrief for each athlete provided within three days of the end of the camp
The Youth C & B camps will start on Sunday evening and finish on Wednesday afternoon; the Youth A & Junior camps will start on Wednesday evening and finish on Saturday afternoon. To determine which camp the athlete should register for, please consider the following:
- athletes must have completed at least their first year of Youth C in 2019 and been born in the year of 2007 – we will not accept any athletes that are moving into Youth C from Youth D in the next competition season
- athletes that are moving into their first year of Youth A will be able to choose either camp to attend
- athletes that have finished their second year of Junior will be permitted to join the Youth A & Junior camp
- there is no restriction that an athlete must attend a camp in their province – they are permitted to attend a camp anywhere they are hosted
For specific details and registration information for each of the camps, please refer to their specific pages.