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Gripped - - STORY - Becca Fran­gos is one of Canada’s lead­ing comp climbers for her age cat­e­gory. She is based in the Cana­dian Rock­ies and this is her first piece for

It is also very im­por­tant to take days where you give your body a com­plete rest. As pro­fes­sional cross-coun­try skier Dasha Ga­ia­zova told me, gold medal rest days are the key to bal­anc­ing rig­or­ous train­ing days. The idea be­hind gold medal rest days is at the end of your day eval­u­at­ing how well you rested. Ask your­self, would I give my­self an Olympic gold medal for this rest day? Whether you need to lounge around the house all day or get out­side and en­joy the sun­shine did you rest as well as you would climb if you were vy­ing for a gold medal? If you train when you’re exhausted you are at a high risk for in­jury since your mus­cles are tired. So make sure to listen to your body. If you are feel­ing weak take a few days to re­cover. With­out a doubt you will come back stronger and ready to crush. Gripped.

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