I'm Matt Bush, Professional Climber, and This is How I Work Out

He scales mountains and other rock formations and makes it look easy — a real-life Spider-Man. But professional climber Matt Bush has dedicated his life to pushing his body beyond any limits. Atlas Wearables caught up with him via email. Keep reading to learn more about him.

Start off by telling us about yourself and your journey!

My passion is rock climbing and outdoor adventure. I live in a blackwood forest in Cederberg, South Africa. I am often in the mountains exploring for new rock faces and boulders to climb.

I keep fit with daily exercise and enjoy the challenge of pushing my limits.

How did you get into fitness?

My father coached me to run from an early age. He was a passionate runner and Ironman. He taught me a lot about what it takes to achieve goals in sports.

It was his influence that led me to an active fitness lifestyle.

What's your fitness specialty?

Rock climbing.

How do you track fitness goals?

I generally keep a logbook of the climbs I have achieved.

What metrics do you track for your goals?

When it comes to climbing training, I use a stopwatch to calculate rest intervals between sets. I also vary my intensity of climbs throughout the session based on climbing grades and build up for peak performance.

How are your favorite workouts structured? By sets and reps? Or sets and duration?

I constantly vary my workouts to keep them fun and engaging. Sometimes I push for set and reps, other times for duration or resistance. I like the difference that both add to my training.

Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?

When I was younger, I had some role models. That was until I reached the elite level like these climbers. Nowadays, I don't really have any role models but am always inspired by those people pushing their personal limits and achieving their dream goals.

What is your favorite food?

I love tomato pesto pasta (gluten-free).

What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?

Alex Cruz.

What are three interesting facts about you?

1. I never give up. If I fall down 10 times, I'll stand up 11 and keep trying.

2. When I was a young kid, I couldn't keep up with the others in my physical education class. I was a lot weaker than most. After years of commitment to training. I reached an elite level and am now way stronger for it!

3. I like practical philosophy. It's worth reflecting on one's life, beliefs, values, and attitudes and making changes that lead to better results and outcomes.

What is your greatest achievement, and how has it shaped you?

My first free solo rock climb. It showed me that the limits are physical and mental. I learned that with a stronger physical condition and the willingness to challenge mental barriers, I could break through to achieve seemingly impossible feats.

If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?

One-arm handstand.

Where would you like people to follow you?

Instagram - @mattclimber