The Finger board is hands down to most popular training method among climbers and boulderers. There is nothing more annoying than loosing your summer gains over the winter just because there is no gym close by or other training facility. That is where the finger board comes in. It offers the possibility to train on all sorts of holds, jugs, slopers, crimps, pockets... Allowing to isolate a weakness and work on it. There are generally two types of finger boards, wooden board and plastic ones. Plastic boards are usually cheaper, have a similar texture to climbing holds in the gym (which can be aggressive to the skin sometimes). Wooden boards look beautiful and are pleasant to he touch, less aggressive on the skin. Finger boards do not take up much space, can basically be installed anywhere and are like previously mentioned, the best way to build climbing specific strength. Depending on the design of the board you can expect basic to super complex training programs, focusing on the muscles in the fingers, arms and upper body.
There is a variety of choice when it comes to hang boards. Over the past 30 years so many manufacturers recognised the potential and benefit of designing their own board. Today the most famous brand out there, represented in almost every gym, is Beastmaker. This board for instance offers a huge choice of grips, slopers, jugs, pockets, crimps, different depth for all of these and a phone application to help you setup a training program. Made of wood it also looks very nice and could be installed in your living room as part of the decoration. Then there are more basic boards that are more beginner friendly, offering a few good jugs, with the main purpose of building up the muscle and ligament strength to progress to more advanced training boards. So it is important to first identify where your body and muscles are at, and determine what you want to achieve with the fingerboard. Do you just want a board to do a couple of pull ups from time to time to stay in shape or do you plan on working on weaknesses and locking yourself in the basement for hours working those finger muscles.
A final thing to consider is, that the installation of some finger boards requires drilling holes above door frames which is not a possibility for most people renting their place. That is why manufacturers such as ProblemSolvers came up with their portable fingerboard. A piece of string allows you to easily hang the board on a tree branch or anything else that is load bearing. This is also a great tool to have in your backpack when climbing / bouldering outside. There is not always an easy way to warm up your fingers properly before going for the rock, hence these portable boards are the perfect solution.
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