The Path is what we collectively call our Treadstone Classes
It's your Skills Progression Plan
Who is this program for?
- Treadstone Patrons
- Treadstone Crewmembers
- Anyone who is looking for a step-by-step guide to implementing Treadstone’s climbing program into their Fitness plan
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Yes, today. Now, if at all possible. “Just Do It” is among the very most effective fitness - or life - concepts
Your Workout of the Day (WOD) is always posted on a huge dry erase board in the middle of The Gym. Before you even read this article explaining what The Path is, go do The WOD. You can start right now, easily, because it’s spelled out and pre-packaged. The Treadstone WOD is always “Path compliant,” and there is always a WOD listed that is specific to your ability level. You can take your time later reading this article in order to understand The Path better. And yes, you can personalize your Path through our Personal Training program. One way or another, we are here to help.
We feel your pain. That’s why we Climb
Outside of sports like climbing, exercise has likely never been something you considered fun. Everyone knows they need to stay fit, but for most people the idea of doing workouts feels more like a chore, and logging reps on a weight bench - or time on a treadmill - in a dungeon somewhere, just isn’t how they want to spend their time.
Finally! Fun Fitness! Enter “Climbing!” One of the most fun things you can do, and the fitness just happens as a side benefit. World class fitness. Sure, climbing has the equivalent of “bunny slopes,” so anyone can enjoy it just as anyone can enjoy skiing without having to be a Black Diamond ski athlete on the X Games. But for those who want the ultimate in strength-to-weight ratio strength and Ninja-level performance, Climbing offers you that. Just look at the way the climbers dominate Ninja Warrior. There is a reason for that, and we know how to show you.
Abundant Life! Most people want one, filled with experiences that fulfill. Adventure does that, and many people who watch an episode of NatGeo, for example, feel some sort of tug at their soul to inject fulfilling experiences into their trip on this planet. Climbing offers that in full. And a climbing gym is exactly where you train for all of that.
Climbing Gyms are the only way to reach maximum performance. That’s right, without a climbing gym, even a full time, dirt bag, living-in-her-van climbing phenom cannot adequately prepare for her best possible efforts. Even if (s)he lives in a tent at the base of El Capitan - or The Motherlode of the Red River Gorge - only the systemized, focused, timed workouts found ONLY at a climbing gym will get a climber to the highest levels of performance … making real rock, outdoor adventures possible and pushing climbers up to ever more challenging, rewarding goals. This statement seems less outrageous when you realize that even the full time outdoor climber has to rest 20-40 minutes in between climbs, as (s)he belays or spots the necessary climbing partners. Name another sport where such long rests between sets would be effective. In a climbing gym, where from a purely physical perspective we are bodybuilding our forearms and other climbing muscles, we can implement the appropriately short rest periods, and embrace “training for climbing” - which is a far different thing from “climbing” itself. Sound less fun? That’s what climbers used to say, back before their climbing performance as a group skyrocketed. And you know what is fun? Sending! Being successful on ever harder projects. So embrace “training for climbing,” as all the top climbers have now, applying what athletes from other sports have always known. And we promise, it is still fun. Our program is designed to keep it that way. If for no other reason than the fact that we are all in The Gym together doing it. Lastly, the shorter rest periods also means that the more focused workouts take less time. We will show you how.
Why get on The Path?
We are all on a path of some sort, even if it’s an aimless one. Even when wandering through the woods at night without a headlamp, you ARE on a path. And yours is different from mine, so that’s why we didn’t call this “The Course” or “The Heading.”
What is “A Course” or “a Heading?”
How does it differ from “A Path?” A ship full of different people can only be on one heading - as the Treadstone Crewmembers are when they contribute to The Team and navigate the fitness market with us, under the ultimate authority of the direction The Captain has chosen for the business. But we realized that the gym PATRONS of The Treadstone Tribe will be on different Paths. Some will be boulderers. Some lead climbers. Some want to do sport climbs, some want to climb the cracks of El Capitan or summit Mt. Ranier. Some are doing “cardio climbing” to ‘just get off the couch,’ and some are seeking the ultimate in fitness performance. Still others are training to go to NBC for the next Ultimate Ninja Warrior auditions. The question is, what is your Path? And how can we help? This program is us doing just that - helping. We are passionate about YOUR goals. Your Quest. And the different trails within The Path program allow you to make it fit your needs.
Coaching matters: Imagine learning to play a college - or even high school - level sport that you simply learned on your own. You could not do that and hope to become good at it, or get a scholarship in that sport. Because you cannot get good at anything without instruction and coaching. To try and do so would be like reinventing gymnastics - or Kung Fu - in your back yard. Imagine how long it would take to master those complex moves and physical training regimens without standing on the shoulders of people who already have that figured out - people who themselves stood on generations of other shoulders.
Experienced Leadership: We have decades of experience with climbing, fitness, and intentional excellence. Since 1991, Marc - the owner of Treadstone - has worked as a professional rock climber, climbing guide, certified personal trainer, team building course director, climbing guide, and Programs Manager for first class fitness centers in Atlanta. He was ranked by the USAC the #9-in-the-USA competition climber in the year 2000, and has placed as high as fifth in his category at international level climbing competitions. He started as a ropes course facilitator and corporate trainer in 1991, and continues to be active in that field, conducting team building workshops that have an exclusive, high-performance focus. The Treadstone program has fused fun, adventure, climbing, and what Marc learned from having been a Ranger Qualified, operational US Army Green Beret and a certified Ranger School Instructor. It’s a powerful curriculum that simply cannot be found elsewhere, that creates the kind of “Band of Brothers” teams that are the hallmark of any elite unit - which is NOT (repeat NOT) a drill sergeant approach. Marc’s articles on fitness and performance have been widely published, and have contributed to the growth of the sport. Lastly, Marc has been building climbing walls and climbing gyms since the mid 90’s, learning to build steel-framed climbing walls from the company that pioneered them, and improving that system to remain at the cutting edge of construction technology.
Our Crew: Treadstone is an industry leader in staff training - the structure of which applies to any kind of organization, and we export it through our Team Building programs. In house, we have developed a highly intentional, organized progression of benchmarks through which our Crewmembers and navigate, demonstrating their proficiency in training you before we allow them to do so. Their individualized training folder is available to you upon request.
What is The Path?
* A progressive training guide and goal setting tracker
* Best of all, Treadstone’s “Path” program is a goal setting and planning matrix - learned from blending the best of what’s out there from the business, elite military, and sports world - that applies to any of the Eight Areas of Life. So learn it here, and apply it everywhere so that you become a more effective person in general. That is the best benefit of sports: that in addition to fitness it is a laboratory for learning how to be effective at anything.
As I’ve read about and experimented with Intentional Living and Organizational Excellence concepts over the years, I have come to the conclusion that there are eight areas of life on which to focus goals, energy, and effort. Each should have a known goal - even a Mission Statement - and a well planned Path for getting there that takes you from your “end state” (ultimate goal) and is backwards-planned through a series of “intermediate (S.M.A.R.T.) goals” back to where you are now ... what you need to do TODAY. In this way, you know what you need to specifically do on any given day in order to get to your end state. Without a plan, goals are just wishes or dreams.
The eight areas of life are
The Warpath is for the 1-3% of athletes (notice I didn’t say “of the general population) who could be said to be “competitive athletes.” Such people share traits with those who change history, who win wars, and who build successful businesses. The Army calls this trait “The Warrior Ethos” and it applies whether you tote a gun to save the world from Nazis or not. It’s a mindset. A fire in your belly. A relentless determination. A “never quit” mentality. A goal-oriented mindset. At Treadstone we realize that different people have different approaches to different things. Even someone who applies The Warrior Ethos to winning a Gold Medal in an Olympic road race may take a more casual approach to snow skiing - preferring to be completely recreational about it ... liking the lodge as much as they e like the bunny slopes on which they are content to play. At Treadstone, The Path is something that is different for everyone too. Not every climber at Treadstone will want to be on The Warpath. We do not necessarily cater our programs as if everyone wants to climb in the 2020 Olympics, or use other-worldly grit to climb El Capitan. But for those who want to “crank up their climbing to eleven,” we are there for you - and uniquely suited to help guide you.
A Note about setting new habits:
Habits are hard to build. You can’t do more than one new habit at a time. The main reason people fail at New Year Resolutions - for example - or any goal, is that they try to change their whole lives in one swell foop. That is a recipe for failure. Instead, decide on your goals, organize those goals, and then tackle them one at a time. You might not even start to get on The Path towards New Year’s Resolution Number Four until mid February, and that’s great! Establish new habits ONE AT A TIME...only moving on to another when one is sufficiently engrained.
Lastly, be on guard though against the paralyzing effects of perfectionism. Unless you’re just lazy, perfectionism is the main ingredient in procrastination. You don’t always need a perfect plan BEFORE you act. The best time to plan your next week’s IMPROVED workout routine is while you are recovering from the less-than-perfect workout you did TODAY! Your body responds to relentlessly consistent ACTION. So does everything, btw. Learn to practice “continually improve your position.” Let your sense of perfectionism drive you to continually improve WHAT YOU ARE ALREADY DOING, but GET MOVING! Consistently. Repeat “DOING.” Enough emphasis yet?
“Continually improve your position” is something that well-led military units practice. You don’t wait - asleep with your feet up - until the sandbags, bricks, mortar, surveillance cameras, barbed wire, forklifts, etc arrive BEFORE you set up your initial security perimeter. That would be a terrific plan for failure.
Find out more about what we at Treadstone Climbing and Ninja Gym call “The Path” at our website. It’s our plan for ourselves and our members to help them train ..... and the concepts apply to all areas of life. For 2018, we have set up some choices for you of training Paths, and backwards-planned FOR YOU ... to the point that your specific daily workout is posted on a big dry erase board in the middle of The Gym labeled “Workout of the Day.” Be sure to get your logsheet at our front desk and turn it in after every workout ... so we can track your progress for you. Leaders in different categories (not all of which require you to be an elite athlete) are posted on the digital “Leader Board” TV screen, which is updated daily with the top ten people. This Leader Board cumulatively feeds into your possibly doing enough CONSISTENT work all year to be awarded one of our exclusive Recognition Patches for wear on your member sweatshirt. We only award these patches once a year at the Christmas Party / Awards Ceremony. Patch earners (what we call The Summit Club) are an exclusive group. Go to www.treadstoneclimbing.com for more info on The Path, The Summit Club, our Climbing Team letterman jackets, our coaching, classes, events, and so much more.
Happy New Year! And God bless.
- Marc sends
Go to our Classes Page to see the progression of skills training. That is how you get on The Path. As you decide what your own Path is, you can follow the Workout of the Day on any given day by looking at the dry erase board in the middle of the gym. It will tell you precisely what to right then and there.