Andrew Lee: What Makes a Champion?

Fresh off the excitement of all of the competitions this past weekend at RiverRock (recap coming soon), Andrew Lee, fitness guru and friend of Peak Experiences, weighs in on what exactly it means to be a champion.
Andrew Lee is a Lifestyle Enhancement Specialist with certifications from the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  He can be reached through his website, facebook, or twitter pages.
There are many people in life that claim to be champions. What defines that inner champion is a willingness to do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. When it comes to climbing it is pretty simple. Become fanatical, make climbing what you eat, breathe, and sleep. It must become something that you cannot shake from your psyche. When you are tired, worn down, beat up, and feel like you only have enough to walk home or back to the campsite, you must stand your ground. GO ONE MORE. Take one more route in your mind’s eye then hit the wall. Getting your reps in mentally is much more important than physically. While they are both vitally important, one can not exist without the other. The body will adapt, but if your mind fails your body will also fail, seconds later.
Remember that champions are not born; they are forged in the fires of doubt, failures, and hardships. Becoming a champion is a process. Are you willing to embrace that process? It will be hard. You will want to quit many times, but in the end, it will be worth it!

About Peak Experiences

Love rock climbing? Me too. Peak is a giant box of climbing and fun, located in Midlothian Virginia, and has been around since 1998. Stronger Than Yesterday is our online resource for all things climbing, in Richmond and out in the wider world.
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