Developping Boulders

By Mathieu Elie

A few weeks ago, I watched a short video from route developer in the Lanaudière region, Steve Bourdeau. Steve shows us a typical day in the day of a route developer. Even though I’m immersed in a rock…

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Short Reflection: The Impact of Social Networks on Training

By David Choquet

This topic has bothered me for a long time. I’m still learning to tame social media and the more I dive into it, the more mixed I am about their impact on the climbing community. The main issues…

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Plan your bouldering trip in Canada

By Mathieu Elie

In the current context, climbing trips outside the country are no longer possible. For those who are desperate to discover new boulderning playgrounds, our beautiful country offers many possibilities. The hottest bouldering destination in Canada is certainly Squamish….

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The benefits of coaching

By David Choquet

The closure of the gym during lockdown prompted climbers to turn to home workout alternatives. As the offer of workout plans and the availability of online exercise videos increase, it becomes relevant to question the reasons for getting…

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What I would have liked to know when I started climbing

By Sabrina Thayer-Head

It’s inevitable: when you think about it, after several years of climbing experience, there are certainly a thing or two that you would have liked to know back when you first started. Whether it’s to avoid an injury,…

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Gym to crag 101: Ethics & Security

By Mathieu Elie

For those who have been practicing the sport for several years, the outdoor climbing experience is taken for granted. For others, considering the big increase in new climbers in the past few years, the transition from the gym…

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6 tips when buying climbing shoes

By Jonah Shantz

Buying climbing shoes isn’t the most obvious process to go through. With so many models available, the decision of which climbing shoe suits you best can be tedious. Here at Bloc Shop, we have more many different models…

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5 reasons running is good for climbers

By Sabrina Thayer-Head

I’m always looking for ways to stay active and I’ve often wondered if running was a good cross-training for climbing. Normally, you put more energy into training your fingers, your upper body or climbing skills, but jogging proves…

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How to improve without climbing

By Sabrina Thayer-Head

Not everyone is used to train for rock climbing. Normally, many of us choose the most obvious (and the most fun, let’s be honest) way of improving ourselves in climbing … which is climbing. But with the closure…

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Interview with our coach David Choquet

By Mathieu Elie

Here is our coach David Choquet, whom we affectionately nicknamed “D-Choq”. We had a few questions to ask him. WHAT IS CLIMBING FOR YOU? For me, rock climbing is a passion in which I can push myself and…

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Q+A with Yves Gravelle

By Mathieu Elie

This week, we spoke with Yves Gravelle. He is recognized for his physical prowess in climbing and his finger strength, but also for the strength competitions in which he has been dominating in the past year.        1. What is…

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Stay motivated during quarantine

By Sabrina Thayer-Head

Don’t give up! The battle against Covid-19 continues and we look forward to welcoming you to Bloc Shop, in safety and health. However, the quarantine is not yet finished and the motivation to train is not always there….

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