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September 13th, 2016 | Fitness

Interview with Harmony Calhoun: Rock Climber and Model

Harmony Calhoun is an avid rock climber who has always loved nature. Today, she's shared with us a few tips on how to begin rock climbing and what motivates her to stay active.

Originally from California, Harmony always loved the outdoors and doing outdoor activities like hiking and canoeing. Nature makes her happy and no matter where she lives or goes, she's happiest in nature and loves to combine fitness activities with nature. Harmony's favorite activities are rock climbing, running, walking, and yoga. She currently lives in Florida, works as a model, and travels to rock climb.


HOW DID YOUR JOURNEY INTO ROCK CLIMBING BEGIN?

I started rock climbing about 6 years ago because a friend of mine wanted to go to an indoor climbing gym for her birthday. I fell in love with the sport immediately! As a kid I loved climbing trees and hiking but didn't even know about the sport of rock climbing. I am forever grateful for climbing gyms and for my friend wanting to go for her birthday, which led me to this passion.


WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORKOUT LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

I regularly to do run/walk intervals. I like it because I feel like it doesn't stress my joints and the running intervals increase the intensity. I also do light stretching after running and deeper stretching on a rest day after a warm up of light walking. Rock climbing is usually a few hours and my most intense training. It uses every muscle in your body including your arms, back, core, legs, etc.

ARE THERE ANY TIPS YOU'D RECOMMEND TO THE UNINITIATED?

Try different things and find activities that you enjoy. Try to maintain a tolerable but strenuous level of continuous intensity when training. Be active as much as you can, and remember knowledge about nutrition and eating healthy is extremely important also for long term health and wellness.


CAN YOU RECOMMEND A FEW SOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?

I recommend using Instagram for inspiration for whatever you love whether it's climbing, fitness, or travel. I have an Instagram community based account that shares beautiful climbing photos from all over the world and all skill levels athttps://www.instagram.com/climbing_is_my_passion

I also definitely recommend subscribing to at least one climbing magazine for inspiration and information; you can go digital to save paper. Here are a few that I love:

For information about specific routes and climbing area access, Mountain Project at  https://www.mountainproject.com  is a great resource. I almost always use Mountain Project as a supplement to a guidebook for current and detailed information. Their app is great also and allows you to download content for when your out of cell range.

For books on developing your climbing technique and improving fitness level, I really like the author, athlete and coach Eric Hurst. His site is  http://trainingforclimbing.com. Ultimately you have to choose what works for you.

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