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Academy: Unweight Your Foot Before Moving It

Part of our "Toes to Knows" Climbing Academy series--covering climbing from footwork to mental preparation.

Tags: Footwork, Beginner

Good foot placement has no time to occur if the foot you’re moving has weight on it—the foot will slam onto the hold with a low probability of hitting the right spot.

Instead, Adjust your hips and therefore your center of gravity so that the foot you’re moving is unweighted.

    Practice Drill: Quiet Feet

    Climb using quiet feet. Don’t allow any noise during a foot placement. If you hear a toe tap, climb back down and redo the move. This includes toe taps on the wall as your foot is flagging or moving from one hold to the next. Quiet feet forces you to move weight off the foot before placement.

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