Climbing specific training was first introduced, and established, around the 80s/90s by climbers such as Wolfgang Güllich and has developed drastically ever since. The variety of tools available to train specific climbing strength, technique and endurance is incredible. From super advanced training boards t...
Climbing specific training was first introduced, and established, around the 80s/90s by climbers such as Wolfgang Güllich and has developed drastically ever since. The variety of tools available to train specific climbing strength, technique and endurance is incredible. From super advanced training boards to campus boards and even portable training gear, the access to train has never been easier. And these tools are not only limited to professional athletes, most climbing gyms provide all of the above mentioned tools to train even further after your bouldering / climbing session. It is however important to know your limitations. These tools might be available to everyone but should probably not be used by beginners because the risk of injury is pretty high if tendons and muscles are not used to this type of effort.
The fingerboard for example is without a doubt one of the most popular methods of climbing training. Different manufacturers have created different training boards that each provide different types of grip, from jugs and slopers to tiny finger holes and tiny crimps, making it easy to train specific weaknesses from the comfort of your home.
Like with every other sport, it is necessary to properly warm up your body to avoid injury and perform at maximal level. In climbing it can be a bit more confusing to warm the fingers up properly, the back muscles..how do you proceed. Well the range of products available to assist you is wide, you could for example look into resistance bands or latex bands. When it comes to stretching after a boulder / climbing session, you could again use resistance/latex bands or look into BlackRoll, who have a huge range of products specifically designed to release tension in sore muscles.
Not everyone can start drilling holes into their walls at home and not every outdoor climbing site provides good warm up possibilities. That is exactly why manufactures such as Metolius or Problemsolver have developed portable hangboards or juggy holds hanging off a piece of rope. These can easily be mounted on a tree branch or anything else you might find that can bear some load. Then there are lots of non climbing specific tools you could use to train general body strength.
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