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Carlos Tkacz (@boulderbushido)

How did you get started in climbing? 

started in early 2009 at the age of 23; some friends and I went after we learned there was a local climbing gym, having no idea what climbing really entailed. Had you asked me what being a rock climber meant at the time, I probably would have said something about Everest and Vertical Limit. For me, it was love at first sight. I went from never climbing to climbing literally every day. Soon, I had a job at the gym, and this led me to work at several gyms in California and even one in Colorado, where I also worked as a guide specializing in kids’ climbing programs. Since then, I have climbed in South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Thailand, and Canada, as well as all over the Western United States.

What do you love most about climbing? Why do you climb?

This is a tough one… maybe my love of climbing stems with some of the people I met when I first started. At the time, I was pretty broke and couldn’t afford a gym membership after a few months. The guy who ran the gym (it was a really small, kinda old-school gym) let me climb for free and pay it off later. When he heard that I was looking for a job, he gave me one. He even gave me my first pair of shoes and harness. After my first day of work, a couple of the guys that worked there took me outdoors on a rope for the first time. This sense of community and mentorship definitely went a long ways in making me love the sport.

Then there was the challenge. I had always been pretty proficient at almost any sport, but I was TERRIBLE at climbing. I had never come across a sport that I was so obviously bad at. I became determined to do whatever it took to get better.

Finally, there was the fact that climbing is an outdoor sport. At this time in my life, I was looking for a reason to spend more time outside, and I wanted a way that offered more adventure and perhaps a deeper, more engaging experience that I got from hiking and camping. Climbing, especially when I first started (the guys that taught me to climb were all trad climbers) offered that in abundance.

Why did you decide to try NutriClimb and why do you continue to use NutriClimb?

had always been interested in the supplement game, as it related to climbing, but I was completely overwhelmed by the information out there. As such, I just kind of ignored it and trucked along. Just as I finally decided to really look into the science earlier this year, I saw NutriClimb on social media and decided to look into it. A lot of the supplements I was reading about seemed to produce results that were not necessarily desirable for climbing. I had zeroed in on a few that I thought would be useful; it turns out that these, as well as some more, are exactly what I found in NutriClimb.

What I saw, then, was a company that had done their research, much like I had, and had developed their product accordingly. For me, this is important, as so many brands out there in the supplement world operate off of either exaggerated or downright wrong assumptions, focusing on the image rather than the substance. This led me to trust NutriClimb, as a product, which is important to me when it comes to a company and my continued support of that company.

What benefits do you see when you use NutriClimb and how has this changed your climbing or training?

There are two main benefits I have seen from using NutriClimb. The first is that I have generally more energy for my training sessions. This is becoming especially important now, in week 6, when I am starting to feel the accumulated fatigue. The second is in my recovery; I feel like I am recovering faster and am therefore more prepared for my next session. Recovery is definitely something I have noticed becoming an issue as I get older; I am in my 30's now, and I just don’t bounce back like I used to. NutriClimb is allowing me to keep pushing my limits. By training longer and harder.

What are your future goals?

Right now, I am focused on trying to boulder as hard as I can. For some reason, when I first started climbing, I set v13 as my top goal. To date, I have done a few v12s and am starting to believe that 13 is possible for me (given the right line of course). After that, I would like to try my hand at sport climbing and see where I can push to there. More generally, however, my goal is to continue to use climbing as a vehicle for my own improvement as a human being throughout the entire spectrum of human experience, from the physical to the mental, as well as a way to explore and better understand the world. 

What do you do as a day job?

have the best job in the world: I’m a teacher! I teach English Composition (writing) and Public Speaking at a community college here in Bishop. Yup, that’s the one you pass on the left when you drive out to the Buttermilks. Also, while it not my day job, I make a little extra money on the side creating custom training plans for people, specifically those who just don’t know where to start. Finally, I do a bit of writing. I have had a few articles published in The Project Magazine, and I am self-publishing a sci-fi novel called The Void Within March 28th.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Just that I appreciate what NutriClimb is doing: offering sound, science-based products in a way that fosters community and relationships within climbing culture. Thanks for letting me a part of this project! Oh, and I love climbing!

 

Ivan Luo (@ivanluoo)

 

How did you get started in climbing?

I started climbing when I was 6 years old, it all started because we walked passed a climbing wall one day after my taekwondo session, and I nagged my parents to bring me back the next day, and after a few climbs, my parents and I all purchased a membership.

What do you love most about climbing? Why do you climb?

The community and the people honestly, I love it when everyone is so supportive and very kind to each other, doesn't matter if you are an experienced climber or a beginner, everyone is just so welcoming and friendly.

Why did you decide to try NutriClimb and why do you continue to use NutriClimb?

I decided to try it because of all the good things I have heard about it and thought it would be no harm in trying it out. I continue to use it every session because I found that I am able to climb much longer each session, cause I don't get as pumped. Also the energy level that it boosts, usually after an eight hour shift I would feel dead and not motivated to train, but with NutriClimb it makes me super psyched and always chasing after my goals.

What benefits do you see when you use NutriClimb and how has this changed your climbing or training?

It has changed a big part in my training because now I am able to recover faster, and feeling good the next day, especially because I train 5 days a week I don't feel as tired anymore. 

What are your future goals?

I would love to take part in the Olympics for sure. I know it might not be easy to get there, but I will do everything I can in my own power to make it happen and see how far I can push.

What do you do as a day job?

I work at the Hive North Shore as a Desk Supervisor.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Not too sure HAHA 

 

Falco Filotto (@falcofilotto)

How did you get started in climbing? 

I started climbing in high school in South Africa. There was a climbing club and just tried it out and got hooked!

What do you love most about climbing? Why do you climb?

It’s the whole package of the sport that I love. From the people, places ,the training for it, and the universe of movements within it. It’s so much of a community sport but so personal as well. There’s a lot you get to learn about yourself and build with others in climbing. 

Why did you decide to try NutriClimb and why do you continue to use NutriClimb?

The package of the product made sense to me from the start. It was also important that the developers of NutriCimb are climbers and this is an important common ground for understanding the needs in climbers. I continue to use NutriClimb because it gives me a consistent energy level throughout my sessions.

What benefits do you see when you use NutriClimb and how has this changed your climbing or training?

I notice I have more energy in my workouts without an obvious surge of energy. I physically feel neutral but have a larger margin of power in my bouldering and resistance in my sport climbing. I also notice that my fingers generally feel a little less inflamed after heavier sessions. It’s also great in comp settings, no jitters.

What are your future goals?

Due to some unfortunate injuries I have decided to shift my attention to injury proofing. Adapting my training to be in better health before resetting competition and outdoor goals. The future goal is consistent growth and development in my climbing. 

What do you do as a day job?

Build climbing walls. With Onsite.

 

Eric Sethna (@eric.sethna)

How did you get started in climbing? 

I started at the Banff Mountain Film Festival when I was 9 years old. There was a portable climbing wall set up as a demo and I spent the entire day lapping it. Joined the "Funky Monkeys" program shortly after and then was selected to be on the competitive team from there.  

What do you love most about climbing? Why do you climb?

Winning comps and sending stuff is cool, but the community that surrounds the climbing scene is what keeps me psyched. I feel so lucky to be a part of it.

Why did you decide to try NutriClimb and why do you continue to use NutriClimb?

I was struggling with low energy levels during training sessions in the gym. Experimenting with my diet wasn't enough to get the results that I was looking for so I figured a pre-workout supplement might be the answer.

What benefits do you see when you use NutriClimb and how has this changed your climbing or training?

NutriClimb has boosted my energy levels during gym sessions, and I'm starting to notice a decrease in recovery time after hard sessions as well. I think the proper fuel during workouts is helping me maintain higher intensity for longer.

What are your future goals?

Figuring that out as I go. My psych has been shifting between various sports recently, including mountain biking, skiing and kiteboarding. Just "riding the wave" right now.

What do you do as a day job?

I work as a Product Manager for a start-up out of Silicon Valley called Mattermost. We develop a messaging platform used by large, security conscious enterprises, like Samsung and Uber.

 

Lia Wieckowski (@lwieckowski)

How did you get started in climbing?  

I got started in climbing because I used to do gymnastics in a university field house where I would walk past the climbing wall to get  to gymnastics. I always wanted to try it. Then one weekend I finally tried it with my family and was hooked.

What do you love most about climbing? Why do you climb?

I love climbing because it’s always different, there's so many climbs to try and different beta for each one and each person has their own microbeta to go along with it. I have so much fun trying to unlock the sequence on each climb. I also love climbing because even though its an individual sport, the community is amazing and everyone is always willing to help each other out. Those are just a couple of the reasons I climb but overall I climb because it’s fun, and I’m psyched to become the best climber I can be.

Why did you decide to try NutriClimb and why do you continue to use NutriClimb?

I decided to try pre workout in general to help get some energy when I would train after a long day of class. They tended to make me jittery and too hyper for climbing so when NutriClimb came for a demo at my gym I had to try it. I continue to use it because it makes me feel more ready to climb!

What benefits do you see when you use NutriClimb and how has this changed your climbing or training? 

When I use NutriClimb my brain and body feel more awake when I’m training and it helps me be more focused throughout my sessions. I also find that I feel physically stronger during my sessions.

What are your future goals?

My goals for this season are to be in finals at Open Boulder and Lead Nationals and to be able to compete internationally in both disciplines.

What do you do as a day job?

I am currently a mechanical engineering student at McMaster University.

 

Madeline Kang (@madelinekang)

How did you get started in climbing?

Gill Haigh (@gill.haigh)

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Dillon Hooks (@Dillhook)

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