Beginning with the Campus Board

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Now we meet the famous campus board for the first time, although certainly not the last. The campus board is excellent at building finger, arm and upper body strength, power and endurance. But to avoid injury you must build up slowly and carefully and stop at the first sign of any pain in the fingers, arms, shoulders and upper body!           So to ease you in … Read More

Beginning with the Hangboard

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Here we meet the famous hangboard for the first time, although certainly not the last. The hangboard is excellent at building finger, arm and upper body strength, power and endurance. But to avoid injury you must build up slowly and carefully and stop at the first sign of any pain in the fingers, arms, shoulders and upper body!           So to ease you in gently we … Read More

The Training Mindset

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So we have reflected on our performance, found where we need to improve, written a training plan to make those improvements and set both our training and our climbing goals. Now it is time to put this training into action. Specific training for climbing rather than just climbing as a way of training for climbing doesn’t suit everyone. Most climbers will probably accept that climbing specific training such as campus … Read More

Climb Training Goal Setting

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In life without goals we are trapped in the same job, the same street, with the same car and nothing can change because we have nowhere to head. Climbing is no different and without goals we cannot advance and will be stuck at the same grade forever. So just as in life if we want to advance our climbing we need goals! If you read my previous article on reflective … Read More

Winter Training Planning 2015/2016

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So the winter is here and its time to reflect on where we are with our climbing, where we want to be and how we are going to get there. We firstly have to perform an assessment of our climbing. Then combining this with some climbing reflective practice we can assess our areas of improvement and we can form an overall plan. Once we have an overall plan we can … Read More

Footwork Basics

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How many times has your foot slipped off a hold or how many times have you had to hop a foot around because it is facing the wrong way? Each time these things happen you are placing extra load on your hands, forearms and body. This leads to hands gripping harder, forearm pump, fatigue, extra mental stress and even a fall. But with some very basic footwork skills things can … Read More

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