Climbing is a sport that requires strength, endurance, and agility. No matter how experienced you are at climbing there are always ways to improve your climbing performance.
In this article, we will go over 5 easy ways to improve your climbing performance for both beginner and advanced climbers alike.
Tip 1. Improve Your Body Strength
Climbing required strength, and for the most part from your arms and fingers.
A great way to strengthen your core and forearms is with push-ups. Push-ups will strengthen your forearms and help with the crimp grip to help you with your grip.
This is especially important for beginner climbers. Beginner climbers will have to do a lot of crimping and can’t rely on swinging. Push-ups will help them improve their grip in order to get better at the sport and climb higher.
Finger strength is important for advanced climbers and beginner climbers alike; it can make or break a climb. To improve finger strength, try hanging from a bar or rockface with your fingers only and doing pull-ups to work your body in different directions. This way, the muscles in your fingers will get stronger and more flexible.
Your finger strength also determines your grip and how tight you can grip the hold. A good way to improve your grip is by doing exercises that utilize the same muscles and tendons. One exercise for this purpose is using a towel, rope, or band in order to strengthen your hands and fingers.
Finally, climbing is not just about your arms and fingers, it’s about your entire body. Use core exercises such as planks, leg raises, and sit-ups to improve stability in both the upper body and lower body.
Another good way to improve your body strength is by making sure you warm up and stretch before and after your climbing sessions.
Tip 2. Improve Your Technique
Climbing is all about technique, especially as you move up the climbing levels. Beginners tend to use too much strength when trying to move up the climb. They might also be using too much arm movement or have their feet positioned incorrectly on the rockface, which is why it’s important to review your technique and make adjustments as needed.
Getting into climbing shape can take time but you will see improvements in a few weeks of training if you are consistent with your exercises.
Tip 3. Practice Your Balance and Footwork
Balance is very important in climbing. Improve your balance by trying different balancing exercises, such as standing on one foot or walking across a balance beam. When climbing, make sure to keep your body weight centered and try using different footholds so that you are stronger in multiple positions.
Practicing balance drills before climbing is a great way to reduce the risk of falls or slips.
Footwork is important for beginner climbers because it helps them find balance on the rockface. Climbing shoes can help with this, but there are other ways to improve footwork as well, such as doing exercises to strengthen your toes and other muscles in the feet.
Tip 4. Search for Advice
Find a good coach or climbing partner to help you improve your climbing.
This is a good time to find out if you have any weaknesses that need to be fixed before they become your downfall in the future. Find someone who can offer personal advice and work with them on some exercises that will help improve those areas of weakness for you.
Climbing with a more advanced climbing partner is also a great way to improve. They will be able to offer their advice on how you can better climb certain routes and areas of the gym.
The more time you spend with other climbers, the more climbing techniques, tips and tricks that you pick up along the way. So find someone who is your level or even slightly higher than yourself; it will help you a lot in the long run.
Tip 5. Practice
As the saying goes: “Practice makes perfect“. And perfecting your climbing technique is essential to both beginner and advanced climbers. The more you practice the better you’ll be, so make time for it! It’s also a good idea to set some goals with these practices in mind – like getting up that one route fast or being able to do your first advanced route in one attempt.
Many trainers recommend practicing at least 30 minutes per day for 3 days a week, which can really make a difference.