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My palms are sweating, my breathing erratic, my pulse is racing. I’m gripped from the moment my feet leave the ground. I’m lunging for holds. I’m over-gripping. This is ridiculous. I trust my belayer. This isn’t a difficult grade for me.
So what is mental training? Well there is more to it than just thinking positive. It’s a technique that is not only useful for increasing your confidence and chances of success but it also stimulates the same neural pathways you need to use those muscles.
For a long term enjoyable climbing experience, you need to take care of several physical aspects of climbing – training, preventing injury, and improving recovery.
The objective is to climb one route in each kloof, namely Upper Tonquani, Boulder, Lower Tonquani and Cedarberg. There are several variations to the theme…
A short film about indoor climbing featuring Paul Robinson, Sasha DiGiulian, Vasya Vorotnikov, and Ashima Shiraishi. Presented by Central Rock Gym in Worcester
So this is my slightly over-exaggerated training schedule, would like to do this every day, but there are inconsistencies day to day… Enjoy
Well, we have come to the end of my down to earth training tips and those who have been following them should have a better idea on how to improve the areas of their climbing that need it.
The words of the late Jimmy Jewel have stuck in my mind for many years and what he said is what most climbers dream of. “If I can stick the hold, I can hold it forever”.
The finger board is the best peace of equipment that you could invest into in order to improve your power. You can isolate specific muscles, control the training intensity very well and have a clear picture of your progression and increase in power.
Remember, rule number one is, stay reasonably fit!
You shouldn’t have gone overboard with the eating and being slack! Second rule, TAKE IT SLOW! Having the same expectations you finished off with last summer will only hurt, cause damage and make you realize that you have a long way to go, and depression will set in.
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If you are reading this it means you have taken it upon yourself to get more information on how to improve your climbing and directly influence your enjoyment of this fantastic sport.
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Craig was pumped and needed to make a decision quickly. His last protection was a bolt ten feet down and to his right. He couldn’t see the crack for his next protection placement, but he knew it was just over the bulge above him.
Sportclimbing on bolts has allowed us to push ourselves, and competitions should first and foremost motivate climbers to perform at their peak regardless of how hard they climb. I must concede that I will never win a climbing competition…
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