Shoulder strength integrated with core strength is helpful for climbers, especially if you like to climb steep routes. My three favorite bar-based core exercises to help build that integrated shoulder and core strength are “Toes to Bar,” “Windshield Wipers” and front levers. Read on for more info.
Climbers need both strength and power. Power is just strength applied quickly. A power pushup is a great way to build power in your antagonistic pushing muscles. No extra weights are required and you can do it just about anywhere. This blog post covers a few different variants of a power pushup.
In the Lyti training summer series, Lyti struggles with doing regular pushups, making it hard to progress the exercise for her. One alternative exercise that works pretty well is an isometric plank. Read on for a few variations on the exercise to make it harder or easier than a regular pushup.
I break down project route visualization into two key areas: Visualizing beta and visualizing success. I use these two sides of visualization to help increase my likelihood of sending. Read on to learn more about how I use these two techniques.
Tying in with a figure 8 knot is the most common way to attach to a climbing rope. The figure 8 is heavily used because it’s easy to tie, is reliable, and is easy to see if the knot is correctly tied. There are better and worse ways to tie the figure 8. Read on to learn what a properly dressed knot looks like and how to finish it the best way.
Like any significant venture in life, setting climbing goals is a key first step toward success. Matt has recruited his friend and climbing team member, Lyti, in a quest to achieve their summer climbing goals. Read on and watch the video to hear more about how they’re going about achieving those goals.
There is a lot of gear you need to be a well-rounded climber. In this post, we give an overview of gear you might want for several stages of your climbing career, from the first time you head to the gym for some bouldering, to climbing multi-pitch trad routes. We’re focused on route climbing here, not bouldering, ice climbing or mountaineering.
Clipping a quickdraw while leading is an essential skill that every climber needs to master. In this article and video, we cover four rules for making a good clip and three methods of actually clipping the rope. Read on if you feel you need to up your clipping game.
A belayer during the lead climb needs to pay full attention to what’s happening with the climber to minimize the risk of injury. You need to be aware of what the climber is doing, what the risk of a fall is and if the fall happens, whether your climber is going to hit something on the way down. Read on for 7 tips for giving a great lead belay.
An advanced top rope belay sounds like an oxymoron, but top roping is a low-risk way to work moves on a hard route. If your climber is at their limit, even on top rope, having a careful, attentive belay can help them do a better job working the moves. Here are a few tips that will help you be the best top rope belayer out there.