Foundations Edge 8C by Teo Genecand

Saturday, 3 October

Teo Genecand has had a continuous progress for many years although being a father of two kids. A couple of days he did his first 8C, Foundations Edge in Fionnay and his recipe is quite unique.

"I never thought I would be featured in an 8a.nu news one day, but since it’s happening I will use the platform to share a bit of wisdom with the (future) moms and dads climbers out there! I have two wonderful kids (Liv, born in 2016 and Noé born in 2018) and I love to spend as much time as possible with them and my wife Camille. With a full time job, this basically means a lot less climbing. But actually a reduced volume has been met with slow and steady progress! In training for climbing, less is more in my experience. Since 2015, I have been hang boarding once a week and bouldering for 2h once a week + climbing outside usually one day of the weekend when the weather allows (+holidays). Yesterday was quite exceptional, because I had to attend a hearing just next to Fionnay so I took advantage of that to climb there since I had already drove all the way down there.

The key for me was switching from long power endurance sessions (I was mainly route climbing until 2014) to short strength sessions with low volume of training. Now my level of strength has increased so much that the few times I route climbed during the last few years I feel better than before even with no endurance."

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