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CAMPUS BOARD TRAINING with Bryan Birbiglia

Bryan, physical therapist and regular BKB fixture, has been bouldering for about four years, and somewhat recently broke his toe sport climbing – but only more recently discovered that. While he’s been resting his toe, he’s found frequenting the campus wall, building up his upper body strength. Want to know how to work the campus wall well? Read on.

Bryan B Hangboard

Bryan B Campus Wall

Bryan, physical therapist and regular BKB fixture, has been bouldering for about four years, and somewhat recently broke his toe sport climbing – but only more recently discovered that. Since his injury – and you “can’t do much for a broken toe” – he spends most of his time on the campus wall, working out his upper body strength while giving his foot a rest.

He does the Chris Webb Parsons hang program twice a week, and he also has his own custom BKB campus wall workout.

BRYANS CAMPUS BOARD WORKOUT – The Wednesdays & Sundays Edition.
Duration: 2-2.5 hours

Warm-up: Dead hangs and pull-ups until “I feel warm.”

bryan warming up

To help with the dead hang timing, Bryan uses the app Gym Boss 2:

Gym Boss 2.
Gym Boss 2.

And then the real work begins. Welcome to the CRIMP-LADDER NUMBERS GAME.

campus board
2, 6, 9:
Using the wooden campus rungs (of any thickness), start on 2 with your right hand, then go up 6 with your left hand, and right up to 9. Do this 4x on each arm.

Bryan B Hangboard

“DOUBLES”:
Start with two hands on the same rung, skip to the next one and then back down. Do this 3x and 3 sets.

Bryan B Descend

CRIMP-LADDER NUMBERS GAME, PT 2:
Start with your left hand on 3, right hand on 1 then pull up to 6 with your right hand. Do this 3x on each arm, three sets.

Do this workout enough, and you’ll be able to hang with the strongest of ’em (and with a 50 pound weight attached):

bryan weight hang