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Can anyone participate in a CliffHanger Academy In the Wild experience?

At CliffHanger Academy, we are all about taking action, so our number one requirement is that you are ready and willing to step outside your comfort zone TODAY. If you are, we welcome you with open arms to join one of our customized In the Wild experiences.
 

Why This Is For You

IF YOU...

You have a career you love, but work A LOT and, if you’re being honest, your exercise, diet, and sleep are not what they should be.
You’re in great physical shape but just can’t seem to find meaningful relationships (difficult in NYC) or you shy away from having difficult conversations with those you care about. You have some incredible relationships but you’re in a job that is unfulfilling (you’re not alone, 85% of workers worldwide are like this) and when you wake up to go to work, you want to feel that you’re contributing towards something bigger.

Why Experiential Learning?

Accelerates Learning

Experiential Learning methodology uses critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making to deliver a training module.

Bridges the Gap Between Theory and Practice

By moving beyond theory to the realm of “learning by doing,’ the trainee gets a first-hand experience of practicing what has been taught.  This plays a crucial role in retaining concepts and ideas.

Produces Demonstrable Mindset Changes

There are very few learning methods that can have a dramatic impact on the participant’s mindset. Experiential Learning is one of them. Management guru Henry Mintzberg pointed out long ago that, “Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it”.

Benefits From Of Our Experiences Programs

Contrary to what many beginners may believe, rock climbing requires much more than upper-body strength. Traditional strength does nothing in climbing until you learn how to use it; it’s more forearm and finger strength that matters, not your ability to bench press. Your legs also matter much more than your arms and the most common technique we teach is to climb with your legs, not your arms. The success of sending a route relies heavily on a lot more physical factors, including balance, endurance, strength and flexibility. Since it’s body movement based, you’ll lift more than your own weight, which equates to real world strength, not just gym strength and since it’s a full body exercise, your entire body becomes strong and evenly toned. Although not often thought of as a common form of cardio, climbing is a great way to get your heart pumping, equivalent to the way climbing stairs or jogging does. One hour climbing can burn well around 700 calories.
Climbing is a full body exercise that is based on movement, balance, endurance, power, strength, and flexibility all coming together as one cohesive unit. Rock climbing has been shown to reduce stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps balance our brains’ response to stress. Aerobic exercise, like surfing, has also been linked to helping treat a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, anorexia, and addiction.
Rock climbing engages your brain in a host of problem-solving skills. It’s like a giant game of chess, where each move needs to be methodically executed and thought through before making the next move (also a practice in mindfulness). “Your body is a flexible puzzle piece and the wall is a puzzle. You have to figure out how to fit your body into the wall, how to twist, turn, stretch, grab, hang, push to climb up the wall hold by hold. It takes spatial reasoning, body self-awareness, balance, and fine motor-control,” says Jack Gallant (Berkeley neuroscientist). Rock climbing is well known to stimulate the brain in a variety of other ways such as increasing the production of cells in hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning as well as boosting creativity for up to two hours afterwards. Climbing also differentiates itself from other traditional exercises by being linked to what positive psychologists call “flow state,” which is a place where climbers enter a mindset that creates a sense of euphoria, timelessness and even blocks pain, according to Indiana University. The greatest demonstration and almost pun worthy is that routes in bouldering (a type of climbing that is generally done unroped, at lower heights) are actually called “problems.”
“I think the mental side of climbing is often overlooked,” Alex Johnson, team climber with The North Face, tells The Huffington Post. “The movement in climbing up a route often demands body awareness and problem-solving. More often than not, the way to the top is not as direct as you might assume, and it takes laser focus…”
Rock climbing has a number of important characteristics that make it especially beneficial for the treatment of mood, namely that it helps boost self-efficacy and social interactions. “You have to be mindful and focused on the moment. It does not leave much room to let your mind wander on things that may be going on in your life — you have to focus on not falling,” says psychologist Eva-Maria Stelzer in her ground breaking research on climbing and mood enhancement. Climbing offers several routes to challenge you physically, along with a social aspect along and the feeling of an immediate accomplishment. “(Rock climbing) not only has strong mental components, but it is accessible at different levels so that people of all levels of physical health are able to participate,” she said.
Exercising, such as Muay Thai, has been shown to reverse stress’s toll on our aging process at the cellular level, according to a 2010 study from the University of California.
Climbing/exercising outdoors helps you improve memory, boost creativity and wake your brain up with the same effect as drinking a cup of coffee and may even decrease symptoms of ADHD. Which is why CliffHanger Academy offers both indoor and outdoor “in the wild” experiences for rock climbing.
A lot of people are scared of heights. Most of us are scared of falling. When you climb, you have to push these fears out of your head. It takes focus to be 40 feet high and pulling up on two fingers and balancing on your toes. You have to use that focus to breathe through the climb and push past your fears, increasing your self-efficacy. A study in the journal Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly concluded that after six weeks of climbing, self-efficacy improved dramatically.
There is something very refreshing about the mental and physical challenges associated with climbing that compliment a day job lived in the abstract. The rock is real, the goal is fixed. You need a combination of mental awareness, physical strength, dexterity, technique and a lot perseverance to succeed. Confidence increases, because success to solve the problem and climb the route it all comes down to the individual. No one is there to help you and it comes down to how well you execute the sequence of movements required to accomplish the climb.
Even though you’re alone on the wall there is a constant community in collaboration in climbing. Beta is exchanged and technique is discussed, not to mention the cheering on of those below you to push on! In climbing, just like life, you can’t see the entire path, but through proper training and techniques, you learn to trust that when the time comes, you will be able to successfully navigate whatever the challenge is. This statement is true whether it’s on the rock or in the office; we must be prepared for adversity and confident that we can rise to the challenge. “From a physical standpoint it’s incredible exercise, but some of the best tidings I get from climbing are what I would define as spiritual,” Cedar Wright, team climber with The North Face, writer, and filmmaker, tells The Huffington Post. “From a mental standpoint, climbing is an amazing teacher, instilling focus, balance, determination and a whole … a host of valuable life skills.”

WORK IN PROGRESS
Multiple Designs

Why Experiential Learning?

Accelerates Learning

Experiential Learning methodology uses critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making to deliver a training module.

Bridges the Gap Between Theory and Practice

By moving beyond theory to the realm of “learning by doing,’ the trainee gets a first-hand experience of practicing what has been taught.  This plays a crucial role in retaining concepts and ideas.

Produces Demonstrable Mindset Changes

There are very few learning methods that can have a dramatic impact on the participant’s mindset. Experiential Learning is one of them. Management guru Henry Mintzberg pointed out long ago that, “Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it”.

Why Experiential Learning?

 

Experiential Learning methodology uses critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making to deliver a training module.

 
 

By moving beyond theory to the realm of “learning by doing,’ the trainee gets a first-hand experience of practicing what has been taught.  This plays a crucial role in retaining concepts and ideas.

 
 

There are very few learning methods that can have a dramatic impact on the participant’s mindset. Experiential Learning is one of them. Management guru Henry Mintzberg pointed out long ago that, “Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it”.

 

WORK IN PROGRESS
End Multiple Designs

Is a Psychology-Fitness™ experience safe?

Each experience is built around fitness that takes you outside your comfort zone, so there is inherent risk involved in all Psychology-Fitness™ experiences. However, our coaches have a wealth of experience, training, and certifications, to help ensure your safety is a priority.

Where does CliffHanger Academy Psychology-Fitness™ experience take place?

Experiences are completed one at a time, with the student picking whichever sport they would like to try. Some students choose to try all four experiences, whereas others tend to stick with one sport they like the most, so the choice is completely up to you. I️ recommend going with whichever sport you’ve always wanted to try first and go from there.

Our signature PFX classes take place all over the country, so be sure to stay up-to-date on where we’ll be on Instagram.
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What if I’m new to a sport and have never tried it before?

CliffHanger Academy’s Psychology-Fitness™ experiences are fully customized to meet ALL our clients exactly where they are at, right now. No matter if you’re an absolute beginner, trying this sport for the first time, in-shape, out-of-shape or even a professional athlete who does this for a living, we know you’ll be challenged.

Can anyone participate in a CliffHanger Academy In the Wild experience?

At CliffHanger Academy, we are all about taking action, so our number one requirement is that you are ready and willing to step outside your comfort zone TODAY. If you are, we welcome you with open arms to join one of our customized In the Wild experiences.

Why This Is For You

IF YOU…

You have a career you love, but work A LOT and, if you’re being honest, your exercise, diet, and sleep are not what they should be.

Is a Psychology-Fitness™ experience safe?

Each experience is built around fitness that takes you outside your comfort zone, so there is inherent risk involved in all Psychology-Fitness™ experiences. However, our coaches have a wealth of experience, training, and certifications, to help ensure your safety is a priority.

Can anyone participate in a CliffHanger Academy In the Wild experience?​

Contrary to what many beginners may believe, rock climbing requires much more than upper-body strength. Traditional strength does nothing in climbing until you learn how to use it; it’s more forearm and finger strength that matters, not your ability to bench press. Your legs also matter much more than your arms and the most common technique we teach is to climb with your legs, not your arms. The success of sending a route relies heavily on a lot more physical factors, including balance, endurance, strength and flexibility. Since it’s body movement based, you’ll lift more than your own weight, which equates to real world strength, not just gym strength and since it’s a full body exercise, your entire body becomes strong and evenly toned. Although not often thought of as a common form of cardio, climbing is a great way to get your heart pumping, equivalent to the way climbing stairs or jogging does. One hour climbing can burn well around 700 calories.

How does Psychology-Fitness™ affect Stress

Climbing is a full body exercise that is based on movement, balance, endurance, power, strength, and flexibility all coming together as one cohesive unit. Rock climbing has been shown to reduce stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps balance our brains’ response to stress. Aerobic exercise, like surfing, has also been linked to helping treat a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, anorexia, and addiction.

What effect does Psychology-Fitness™ have on the brain

Rock climbing engages your brain in a host of problem-solving skills. It’s like a giant game of chess, where each move needs to be methodically executed and thought through before making the next move (also a practice in mindfulness). “Your body is a flexible puzzle piece and the wall is a puzzle. You have to figure out how to fit your body into the wall, how to twist, turn, stretch, grab, hang, push to climb up the wall hold by hold. It takes spatial reasoning, body self-awareness, balance, and fine motor-control,” says Jack Gallant (Berkeley neuroscientist). Rock climbing is well known to stimulate the brain in a variety of other ways such as increasing the production of cells in hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning as well as boosting creativity for up to two hours afterwards. Climbing also differentiates itself from other traditional exercises by being linked to what positive psychologists call “flow state,” which is a place where climbers enter a mindset that creates a sense of euphoria, timelessness and even blocks pain, according to Indiana University. The greatest demonstration and almost pun worthy is that routes in bouldering (a type of climbing that is generally done unroped, at lower heights) are actually called “problems.”
“I think the mental side of climbing is often overlooked,” Alex Johnson, team climber with The North Face, tells The Huffington Post. “The movement in climbing up a route often demands body awareness and problem-solving. More often than not, the way to the top is not as direct as you might assume, and it takes laser focus…”

What are the benefits of Psychology-Fitness™?

Contrary to what many beginners may believe, rock climbing requires much more than upper-body strength. Traditional strength does nothing in climbing until you learn how to use it; it’s more forearm and finger strength that matters, not your ability to bench press. Your legs also matter much more than your arms and the most common technique we teach is to climb with your legs, not your arms. The success of sending a route relies heavily on a lot more physical factors, including balance, endurance, strength and flexibility. Since it’s body movement based, you’ll lift more than your own weight, which equates to real world strength, not just gym strength and since it’s a full body exercise, your entire body becomes strong and evenly toned. Although not often thought of as a common form of cardio, climbing is a great way to get your heart pumping, equivalent to the way climbing stairs or jogging does. One hour climbing can burn well around 700 calories.

How does Psychology-Fitness™ affect Stress?

Climbing is a full body exercise that is based on movement, balance, endurance, power, strength, and flexibility all coming together as one cohesive unit. Rock climbing has been shown to reduce stress by increasing levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps balance our brains’ response to stress. Aerobic exercise, like surfing, has also been linked to helping treat a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, anorexia, and addiction.

What effect does Psychology-Fitness™ have on the brain?

Rock climbing engages your brain in a host of problem-solving skills. It’s like a giant game of chess, where each move needs to be methodically executed and thought through before making the next move (also a practice in mindfulness). “Your body is a flexible puzzle piece and the wall is a puzzle. You have to figure out how to fit your body into the wall, how to twist, turn, stretch, grab, hang, push to climb up the wall hold by hold. It takes spatial reasoning, body self-awareness, balance, and fine motor-control,” says Jack Gallant (Berkeley neuroscientist). Rock climbing is well known to stimulate the brain in a variety of other ways such as increasing the production of cells in hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning as well as boosting creativity for up to two hours afterwards. Climbing also differentiates itself from other traditional exercises by being linked to what positive psychologists call “flow state,” which is a place where climbers enter a mindset that creates a sense of euphoria, timelessness and even blocks pain, according to Indiana University. The greatest demonstration and almost pun worthy is that routes in bouldering (a type of climbing that is generally done unroped, at lower heights) are actually called “problems.”
“I think the mental side of climbing is often overlooked,” Alex Johnson, team climber with The North Face, tells The Huffington Post. “The movement in climbing up a route often demands body awareness and problem-solving. More often than not, the way to the top is not as direct as you might assume, and it takes laser focus…”

Is Psychology-Fitness™ good for emotional health?

Rock climbing has a number of important characteristics that make it especially beneficial for the treatment of mood, namely that it helps boost self-efficacy and social interactions. “You have to be mindful and focused on the moment. It does not leave much room to let your mind wander on things that may be going on in your life — you have to focus on not falling,” says psychologist Eva-Maria Stelzer in her ground breaking research on climbing and mood enhancement. Climbing offers several routes to challenge you physically, along with a social aspect along and the feeling of an immediate accomplishment. “(Rock climbing) not only has strong mental components, but it is accessible at different levels so that people of all levels of physical health are able to participate,” she said.

Will Psychology-Fitness™ increase longevity and quality of life?

Exercise’s such as Muay Thai, has been shown to reverse stress’s toll on our aging process at the cellular level, according to a 2010 study from the University of California.

Will Psychology-Fitness™ help my memory and creativity?

A lot of people are scared of heights. Most of us are scared of falling. When you climb, you have to push these fears out of your head. It takes focus to be 40 feet high and pulling up on two fingers and balancing on your toes. You have to use that focus to breathe through the climb and push past your fears, increasing your self-efficacy. A study in the journal Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly concluded that after six weeks of climbing, self-efficacy improved dramatically.

Does Psychology-Fitness™ help conquer your fears?

A lot of people are scared of heights. Most of us are scared of falling. When you climb, you have to push these fears out of your head. It takes focus to be 40 feet high and pulling up on two fingers and balancing on your toes. You have to use that focus to breathe through the climb and push past your fears, increasing your self-efficacy. A study in the journal Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly concluded that after six weeks of climbing, self-efficacy improved dramatically.

How does Psychology-Fitness™ help you with your daily life?

There is something very refreshing about the mental and physical challenges associated with climbing that compliment a day job lived in the abstract. The rock is real, the goal is fixed. You need a combination of mental awareness, physical strength, dexterity, technique and a lot perseverance to succeed. Confidence increases, because success to solve the problem and climb the route it all comes down to the individual. No one is there to help you and it comes down to how well you execute the sequence of movements required to accomplish the climb. Even though you’re alone on the wall there is a constant community in collaboration in climbing. Beta is exchanged and technique is discussed, not to mention the cheering on of those below you to push on! In climbing, just like life, you can’t see the entire path, but through proper training and techniques, you learn to trust that when the time comes, you will be able to successfully navigate whatever the challenge is. This statement is true whether it’s on the rock or in the office; we must be prepared for adversity and confident that we can rise to the challenge. “From a physical standpoint it’s incredible exercise, but some of the best tidings I get from climbing are what I would define as spiritual,” Cedar Wright, team climber with The North Face, writer, and filmmaker, tells The Huffington Post. “From a mental standpoint, climbing is an amazing teacher, instilling focus, balance, determination and a whole … a host of valuable life skills.”

How is Psychology-Fitness™ different?

Accelerates Learning

Experiential Learning methodology uses critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making to deliver a training module.

Bridges the Gap Between Theory and Practice

By moving beyond theory to the realm of “learning by doing,’ the trainee gets a first-hand experience of practicing what has been taught. This plays a crucial role in retaining concepts and ideas.

Produces Demonstrable Mindset Changes

There are very few learning methods that can have a dramatic impact on the participant’s mindset. Experiential Learning is one of them. Management guru Henry Mintzberg pointed out long ago that, “Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it”.

Where Does CliffHanger Academy Psychology-Fitness™ Experience Take Place?​

Experiences are completed one at a time, with the student picking whichever sport they would like to try. Some students choose to try all four experiences, whereas others tend to stick with one sport they like the most, so the choice is completely up to you. I️ recommend going with whichever sport you’ve always wanted to try first and go from there.

What if I’m new to a sport and have never tried it before?

CliffHanger Academy’s Psychology-Fitness™ experiences are fully customized to meet ALL our clients exactly where they are at, right now. No matter if you’re an absolute beginner, trying this sport for the first time, in-shape, out-of-shape or even a professional athlete who does this for a living, we know you’ll be challenged.
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You’re Not Alone!

I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. Welcome to being a human in the 21st century. This is why I created CliffHanger Academy. I struggled, and sometimes still do, with all of this (see my story) and I was friends with a bunch of awesome men and women, just like you, who did as well. One day while surfing with a friend in California, I couldn’t take it anymore, witnessing the struggle as we tried the “other things” society told us would work. We tried working out, changing jobs, therapy, workshops, retreats, meditation, medication and of course sex, alcohol, and drugs. Nothing worked and we were frustrated. So, I created a patent-pending process that combines Action Sports inspired fitness with Psychology (Psy-Fi) that has helped professionals just like you and me, around the globe focus training their Brain, Body and Breath at the same time.

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