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Date: May 14th, 2015
About Alex Barrows
I met Alex Barrows in Rodellar in 2011 when he introduced himself as the Duke of Barrows, which we believed for several hours. It would’ve been so cool if that had been true, but alas. He’s just a British PhD student at Sheffield University with a hilarious sense of humor. He’s also really strong, despite his rigorous school schedule and lack of good weather where he lives.
When I met Alex, he was trying really hard on a 14a for weeks. Then I saw him a couple years later in the Red River Gorge, where I immediately noticed he’d improved dramatically. He was onsighting 13+ and sending 14s like it was his job. Then I heard he sent Era Vella (5.14d in Spain) this spring, ’15, and I had to know how he was improving so much.
This interview is an extremely detailed account of his training plan and philosophies, with some charming British humor thrown in there.
What we talked about:
- Exactly how and when he trained for Era Vella
- How his training has evolved over the years, and how he learned so much about it
- How he stays so psyched to train 6 days a week
- What he does to avoid injuries, and whether or not he climbs through them when he has them
- All about circuit training
- How he finds time and money to project things in different countries, despite being a full-time student
- How he reached his sending weight, and whether or not climbers should always be thin
Things We Mentioned
- Alex’s epic training plan and philosophies: Alex Barrows Training PDF
- He credits Tom Randall (of Wide Boyz fame) for a lot of his training knowledge: tomrandallclimbing.wordpress.com
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