On September 10, 2009, I sat down at The Standard with local hard-man and ex-PRG staffer Ryan Palo, to get the low-down on his latest climbing exploits. Here’s what he had to say…
T – Most folks reading this probably know you from your days setting routes at the PRG…what are you doing now?
R – Well, since leaving the PRG I’ve been working on finishing up my post-bacc in accounting. Currently I work as an intern at CMS, a heavy equipment manufacturer, in their accounts finance department. I know it sounds boring, but the company and the people are great, which really makes a 40-hour workweek bearable.
T – How has school and the 8-5 grind affected your climbing?
R – Well, I’m a weekend warrior now…sad but true. And since I spend so much time on my ass, I’ve found it necessary to double my training efforts. Every day after work I do something, whether it’s climbing, running or lifting weights. I definitely map out my climbing sessions in the gym, some days working contact strength on the hangboard, other days working endurance or power endurance.
T – How did you come up with your program?
R – I read a book a long time ago by Udo Neuman and Dale Goddard called Performance Rock Climbing, which advocated training with a specific goal in mind and then measuring your goal…nothing too radical, just taking principles people had been using for decades and applying them to rock climbing. I also read a book by these guys Mark and Mike Anderson, a couple of my heroes…