Adventure Ready

Balance

Image from: http://www.climbfit.com.au/climbing_gym

Image from: http://www.climbfit.com.au/climbing_gym

 

Balance is key when rock climbing. You need your whole body in sync working together to ensure that you don't fall.  This is another skill that we teach in our rock climbing Adventure Ready series. 

"Rock climbing requires a lot of complex movements. You need to keep in balance and constantly find equilibrium from your torso and maintain proper body tension. You need to effectively use your hands and arms to pull, push, and keep that essential balance and not get so pumped that your arms give out and you fall off. You need to have proper footwork to push and propel your body up a rock face as well as use feet and legs to help stay in balance." (Taken from - thoughtco.com)

We've linked to a few articles below that offer great advice and tips on how to improve your balance specifically for rock climbing. 

1. 3 Climbing Drills for Balance

2. Climbing Exercise for Balance

3. Six Performance Tips for Rock Climbing

 

 

Grip Strength

Image from Outsideonline.com

Image from Outsideonline.com

We are in the midst of our Adventure Ready series on rock climbing and each week we incorporate a rock climbing skill into our workouts. 

Grip Strength is our first skill. Why is grip strength important? It's our first skill to teach because it's one of the most obvious when you think of rock climbing. If you can't hold onto what you're climbing, you won't get very far. Finger strength is one of the most important skills needed in order to be a good rock climber. 

Grip strength is much more than just your fingers and hands though. It also includes your arm muscles. You need the whole unit to work together for optimal mobility and to reduce the risk of injuries when rock climbing. 

Here are some great resources for increasing your grip strength:

1. Finger & Back Arm Strength Exercises

2. Finger Strength Training