Why You Should Curse and Scream
If you’ve ever been to a climbing gym, you’ve probably heard someone screeching like a pterodactyl as they pull through the toughest sequence of holds. It’s commonplace in the sport, and professional climbers Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra are perhaps as well known for their distinctive screams as for their accomplishments on the rock.
Screaming while climbing may sound silly or like just a way to get the entire gym’s attention, but recent studies suggest that climbers like Sharma and Ondra are actually on to something. Yelling, and even swearing, at the right moments might improve your athletic performance.
“It does help me,” says Ondra. “If it didn’t, I would not do it.”