Monthly Archives: November 2014

My Yogi: Christine Yeagley

Christine_@thatoutdoorguyOver the last few years, my fifty-plus year-old body has been protesting a few of the athletic pursuits that I’ve undertaken for much of my life. Most often it whispers to me to slow down, don’t go as far, or lift so much. While those whispers are easily ignored, the handwriting on the wall is just as clearly seen. That obvious message is a simple one: Do. Something. Differently.

The oft-quoted cliché, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” played over and over in my mind, as I pondered something different. Enter High Point Climbing and Fitness located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.

While taking up a new adventure sport like climbing might not have been what my body had in mind, partnering with High Point has opened up a brave new world for me, one outside both my comfort zone and ability. Included in the amenities at this state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility is an entire fitness center, with both Spinning and Yoga classes scheduled at various times throughout the week. This blog revolves around Christine Yeagley—one of the Yoga instructors at High Point. My Yogi.

I first met Christine in July of this year, and immediately knew that she, too, was to be a part of the something different my body had in mind…the most important part, actually. Christine began her serious yoga practice ten years ago, in 2004. The journey that growing her practice has led her on revolves around helping others learn about themselves, while also learning about herself. She is happily married to a U.S. military serviceman, and they are the proud parents of a handsome 3 year-old son.

When I sat down with Christine to discuss this blog, she shared something I found most intriguing, as well as the probable underlying reason our paths crossed, and I quote, “Yoga brought me to nursing, or I would never have considered it as a career.” Underlying reason? Yep. Let me explain, by sharing the main elements of Christine’s Yoga instruction.
• Anatomy and Biomechanics
• Balance
• Modification within one’s own practice
• Trauma sensitivity/mindfulness
• Authenticity in honoring one’s unique physical abilities

Christine’s emphasis on the healing aspects of Yoga are exactly what my oft-injured body needed, and will most likely need for the rest of my life. Beyond that, her purpose for teaching Yoga is to make her students more flexible human beings, in body and mind.

One of her main focuses in teaching Yoga is to provide a cross-training element that benefits a variety of sports and leisure activities such as running, weightlifting, and other competitive sports—individual and team—but especially climbing, as she explains:
“Climbing and Yoga are complementary, in that they are both moving meditation.”

The benefits of developing my Yoga practice under Christine’s caring, watchful eye have meant enough to me to schedule private instruction time with her, in addition to the free weekly group classes that High Point provides. She thinks that both choices—group and private—are good for beginners, as well as those returning to Yoga, or even wanting to take their practice to the next level. Christine expressed that group classes help provide a basis for developing one’s own practice, while private instruction takes the Yoga student to a higher level through individualized, personal teaching.

As I mentioned, Group Yoga Classes are free with your membership, as well as a day pass if classes are scheduled during your visit. Individual Classes with Christine are $75 per hour, or $65 per hour when 3 or more are purchased in advance. Private Group Classes are also available for up to 20 participants, at $100 per hour.

For more information, or to see the Yoga Studio, stop by High Point Climbing and Fitness, at 219 Broad Street, directly across the street from Big River Grille, or call them with any questions are 423-602-7625.


Macke Fitness

The Newest Member of the High Point Climbing and Fitness Family:

Macke Fitness

It didn’t surprise me at all when I learned that my friends at High Point Climbing and Fitness added a very unique new element to their already extensive offering of fitness options. I had a chance to sit down with Adam Macke (pronounced “Mackey”), who owns Macke Fitness along with his wife Bethany Macke, to learn all about what Macke Fitness brings to bear at the premier climbing and fitness facility in the South.

With 13 years of Personal Training experience under his belt, Adam and Bethany opened Macke Fitness in 2008. In addition to the individualized personal training Macke Fitness provides, what sets them apart is access to the Muscle Activation Techniques, aka MAT. Adam has 8 years of MAT experience, and Bethany, is also trained in MAT.

Adam explained that during his initial assessment, he identifies which muscles aren’t contributing to joint stability and motion, “by checking every muscle in the body”. It is through this very thorough assessment that a determination is made concerning how to address each individual’s specific needs. He mentioned that indicators of the need for MAT include: muscle tightness, joint pain, and limited range of motion.

Following the assessment, a process is put together that includes manual isometrics and corrective exercise, under the guidance of Macke Fitness Trainers. Specific benefits to climbers—but not limited to them alone—are: increased performance, injury prevention, and increased range of motion, enabling stronger, more efficient climbing.

Macke Fitness Trainers include Adam and Bethany Macke, Sofia Bunger, Al Smith, and Ellen Slikker. During my own workouts at High Point, I have seen Adam and the other trainers, and was impressed with their professional demeanor and positive leadership, which is very much in keeping with the entire staff of High Point Climbing and Fitness.

If you’ve ever considered adding personal training to your fitness regimen, and/or you find that your activity and energy levels are limited through muscle tightness, joint pain, and limited range of motion, do yourself a favor and give Adam a call today, at 423-298-7646. You’ll be glad you did, as you reach toward a more active lifestyle.

(Check out for more information on the Muscle Activation Techniques.)

Meet the trainers below!


Adam Macke


Bethany Macke


Ellen Slikker


Al Smith


Sofia Bunger

Chattanooga Speed Climbing Comp Results

Chattanooga Speed Climbing Competition



IFSC 15 Meter Speed Wall

1. John Brosler – 7.56

2. Ryan Strichland – 10.11

3. Amanda Wooten – 10.65

Fun Speed Wall

1. Joshua Muehring 12.71

2. Sophie Cole 14.30

3. Adeline Chinery – 20.19

The first annual Chattanooga Speed Climbing Competition went great, it brought competitors all the way from Texas! The competition was run in IFSC format. Thanks to all the sponsors Rock/Creek, RiverRocks, The Crash Pad, and The Flying Squirrel. ChattSpeed