Longevity in Sport: Overcoming an Injury

Last fall, Gnarly athlete Dan Mirsky herniated a disk in his spine. His sense of self and climbing goals were immediately shattered. Read about his experiences overcoming the injury and his reflections on the process.

Meet Eric Bissell: Gnarly Athlete and Photographer

Eric’s current life is a culmination of many paths, a confluence of lives he has lived: a young, nerdy rock climber engrossed in the history of the sport, a college student studying sculpture, a climbing ranger at Yosemite, and a professional photographer.

Longevity in Sport: Projecting

The advice presented here is geared toward the more rare, large projects which demand a significant investment of time and sacrifice. These words can be applied for a project of any type, and in many sports.

From Calisthenics to Climbing: Meet Gnarly Athlete Brandon Belcher

Gnarly athlete Brandon Belcher walked into his local climbing gym in Atlanta with callused hands and deep muscle striations in his arms, back and pecs – all signatures of an experienced climber. But he had never sent a route before, and he didn’t care if the routes had been reset recently or if his favorite warm-up route […]

No-Send September Part One: Climbing & Projecting

The sweat-drenched summer months are behind us, and we’re in the height of Send-it September. With our fingertips no longer leaving visible sweat marks on the rock, Sendtember is a rock-climber’s paradise. Crisp mornings and evenings with typically dry conditions lead to some epic climbing days, all fueled by the invigorating fall air and a […]

Filling the Void with Jasna Hodzic

The boulder problem was exquisite. Four holds sat arranged in a diamond — a sloper above me, an undercling to my left, a gaston to my right, and a foot below. They beckoned at me, challenging me to find a way through. Intrigued, I hung on the end of the rope and considered the route. […]

Reaching higher with Gnarly Athlete Maiza Lima

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At one point, Maiza Lima counted 100 pairs of high heels in her closet. She wore these often when going out with friends – first to salsa dancing and then to the bars and clubs. Crawling into bed at 3 a.m. was common for Maiza. Her life in Kirkland, Washington, just outside of Seattle, was […]

Approaching Health Holistically with the newest Gnarly Athlete, Joslynn Corredor

Joslynn Corredor’s impression of a dead bug is spot-on. A lower back stretch that she practices with her clients while working as a strength trainer; the move resembles a deceased bug with all appendages pointing toward the sky. We could all benefit from becoming dead bugs. Jos is a strength coach, but she’s also a […]

Strength and Femininity

The womxn I have the pleasure of knowing through climbing are incredible. They are strong, brilliant and endlessly multifaceted. And yet, for many of us, there is a seemingly endless struggle against a raging current of gender norms and ideologies around femininity. It’s time for the sun to set on the antiquated concept that strength […]

Finding Comfort in the Discomfort – Meet Gnarly athlete, Piseth Sam

Before she knew rock climbing was a sport, Piseth Sam was sending routes. On the playground near the projects she grew up in, she would scale a rock that was part of the neighborhood park she and friends played “tag” on. The adventurous kids would scale the rock’s face to escape from becoming “it.” With […]

Clean Fuel for Clean Training

Want more. Do more. Be more. Our motto at Gnarly Nutrition embodies being the best version of our own selves. This looks different for every person. For you, those goals might include going to the Olympics (okay, maybe as a spectator) or maybe it’s breaking through a plateau on your morning runs. It could be […]

2021 Olympics Update with Gnarly Athletes Kyra Condie and Nathaniel Coleman.

December of 2019 was a great month for professional rock climbers and Gnarly Nutrition athletes Kyra Condie and Nathaniel Coleman. In Toulouse, France, both athletes secured a spot in the Tokyo Olympics for Team USA. They returned to the US and celebrated the holidays knowing the road ahead of them in 2020 would be one […]

Daily Routines – How USAC Athletes use Gnarly Products

What does a saucepan, five pairs of shoes, a good luck note and a kendama all have in common? They’re all items you can find in the gym bags of climbers on Team USA, of course. The shoe variety makes a ton of sense. Different climbing disciplines or routes call for different shoes. We could […]

Dietary Crossroads – A Personal Story of Transitioning Away From Veganism

Editors Note: At Gnarly we don’t advocate a particular diet and this article isn’t intended to be a statement ‘for’ or ‘against’ veganism. We are sharing this article as we believe it provides an interesting take on some of the many complicated variables that lead us to make decisions about our diet. It had just […]

Gnarly Core Workout with Pro Climber, Nathaniel Coleman

We have a special workout designed by Gnarly Athlete, Nathaniel Coleman, to build the core power necessary for all those dynamic climbing moves Nathaniel pulls off so easily. Nathaniel built this workout for climbers specifically and now you can do it at home. It doesn’t require equipment and takes about 25 minutes. Download the PDF […]

Alex Johnson: Coming Out, Coming Back, and Coming Full Circle

“Taylor Swift is growing on me, but I wasn’t a fan,” says Alex Johnson.  It was the end of August 2019, and Alex, known to her friends and much of the climbing world as AJ, was “stuck” at a T-Swift show in Minneapolis—her girlfriend of several years, Bree, was supposed to go with a co-worker, […]

An Energy Mismatch: my experience with RED-S (Female Athlete Triad) – Part II

The consequences of RED-S are severe. If left untreated or diagnosed too late, a patient is left susceptible to osteoporosis and potential cardiovascular issues related to poor hormonal health. I wasn’t only gambling with my athletic career, but with my long-term health.

Fortunately, since I was still young enough to put down bone, I could reverse the osteopenia.

An Energy Mismatch: my experience with RED-S (Female Athlete Triad)

“You need to gain fifteen pounds, ASAP.” Startled, having just set foot in a doctor’s office for a check-up required by work, my mind went to humor. “So, you mean like the weight of a house cat?,” I replied. “Gain some fat, get a cat” became an inside joke between my coworkers and me, a rallying cry preceding many large dinners as we worked in California’s High Sierra.