On June 19th, Sacramento climber, Alex Honnold and stopped by MetalMark to talk about his latest feat on Yosemite's big stone. Just two days before, Honnold and Diablo Rock Gym Manager, Hans Florine shattered the speed record on the Nose of El Capitan, climbing the route in a blindingly fast time of 2:23:46.
Honnold signed posters, chatted with members, talked about his recent speed ascent, and climbed the gym's hardest crack.
Picture this: An amazing local market just opened up—inside Ironworks! Come for a workout and on your way home, pick up fresh bread, Four Barrel coffee, pickles, jams, organic seasonal produce, specialty meats, and delicious ready-to-eat meals, all in one place. We’re teaming up with our friends at Good Eggs to create a Community Food Hub, a space to get the best locally-made foods, in a place you dig!
Here’s how it works: Each week you order the food you want from foodmakers you'll love, all through Good Eggs. Your goods get delivered to Ironworks on Thursdays for you to pick up and enjoy. (And if you come to pick up your food and skip your workout, we won’t judge.) Just order, eat and repeat!
We’re kicking off our Community Food Hub on Tuesday, June 26th from 6-8pm! Come on by to taste samples and find out how you can get in on the deliciousness!
Getting climbing tips from a pro are invaluable. World class climber, Chris Sharma offers some great in sight into how to climb better in his latest series of videos from the folks at Rock and Ice. Check out the great advice that Sharma has to offer.
This summer, COCO Crossfit Stregth and Conditioning will be offering a strength and conditioning class engineered for youths entering 6th-12th grade. This will be a great opportunity for young athletes to learn metabolic conditioning, nutrition, speed development, running form, Olympic lifting, pylometrics, core strength, and a bit about endurance.
Chris Sharma, Adam Ondra, Sasha Diguilian, the world's elite climbers all manage to claw thier way up the hardest rock climbs in the world. They spend thousands of hours training, skipping out on dessert, and living just to climb. While it'd be amazing to be a world class climber, having the dedication and the work drive is much harder. Thankfully, a group of level 10 engineers discovered a way that you too can climb 5.15d. Imagine being in the upper echelon of climbing and being able to spend half your training time drinking beer from the couch.
Are you looking to maximize your training? One of the best pieces of training equipment for climbing is a pair of gymnastic rings.
"Watch an Olympic gymnast's rings routine and you'll see how much shoulder power and core stability can be developed training with rings," said Touchstone trainer Jusin Alarcon. "The good news is that you don't need to be an Olympic caliber athlete to utilize ring training to benefit your climbing." Check out Alarcon's video to learn some great exercises.
This morning, Alex Honnold and Diablo Rock Gym Manager, Hans Florine set a new speed record for the Nose of El Capitan. The 3,000 foot vertical granite cliff has been the home of the Grand Prix of Yosemite speed climbing. The pair started at 6:30 a.m. and topped out just before 9 a.m., setting a new record of 2:23:51. This is 8% faster than the previous record held by Dean Potter and Sean Leary.
Florine has been a long time contender for the Nose speed record. Florine has owned the fastest times on the route with Steve Schneider, Yuji Hirayami, and others.
Berkeley Ironworks has a new yoga teacher for Friday evenings. Alok Rocheleau, will be joining the staff of amazing yoga instructors at the gym.
From a young age Alok Rocheleau has been interested in this union, finding it in nature and the arts. Alok started his journey with asanas 12 years ago with a background as a personal trainer and athlete. In 2004, he took the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna Center, which focuses on classical Ashtanga yoga through the teachings of Baba Hari Das. Hari Das is a master yogi whose silent example and emphasis on karma yoga inspired Alok to stay at the community and teach yoga for a year. Since then he has been back to MMC three times to assist the yoga teacher training. In the last 5 years he traveled extensively, studying a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Shadow, Acroyoga, and Hatha. He likes to creatively blend all styles, emphasizing the union of breath, body and mind infused with a sense of play. Alok has also taught regularpranayama (breathing practices) and meditation classes.
Recently, long-time member Collin Poseley shot a cool video of Sacramento Pipeworks. When Posseley is not busy producing media content for the Sacramento area news, he has photographed and shot video for a number of the Pipeworks comps.
The Touchstone Rope Series 6th competition is coming to Great Western Power Company this Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. This comp is guaranteed to be a ton of fun. There will be plenty of food, beer, temporary tattoos, new routes, lots of climbers and a great atmosphere to have high quality fun.
Knowing the correct way to perform an exercise is essential for getting stronger and also crucial to prevent injury. In the latest installment of the Touchstone training videos, Justin Alarcon demonstrates how to properly perform a pull-up.
"A pull-up is the most basic and perhaps the oldest climbing exercise around," says Touchstone trainer Justin Alarcon. "While this exercise is often over-emphasized by many aspiring climbers, this exercise is a simple way of strengthening the pulling muscles we all use when our technique is forgotten."