core strength

Power

Image from: http://nicolastrother.com 

Image from: http://nicolastrother.com 

Power in rock climbing is not just strength, it's having a good core, balance and coordination all together. Power is the ability to move explosively and efficiently through hard moves. Without power, you will lack endurance and be more susceptible to injury. 

Get more power in your rock climbing routine with these workouts:

1. Top 5 Pulling Exercises for Climbers

2. Strength Training for Rock Climbing

3. 10 Exercises for a Complete Core

 

 

Core Strength

Image from rockandice.com

Image from rockandice.com

A strong core is the backbone of rock climbing. It not only helps to sustain you on the climb but also helps your body and muscles work together. Your core is the center of balance and your stabilizing force. A strong core keeps you anchored to the wall. 

Let's get this straight - "core" does not mean abs. The core consists of all the muscles between the top of your thighs and your shoulders. These muscles are used for a variety of jobs, from breathing to helping you sit upright, to linking the muscles of the arms and legs in the "kinetic chain." This connection is what we're concerned with training. The core is critical to climbing not so much in initiating movement, but in preventing it. (from climbstrong.com)

These links below offer some helpful tips for growing a stronger core. 

1. 5 Exercises for Developing a Stronger Core

2. Core Training for Climbers

3. Drills to Build a Strong Core

Adventure Ready Series - Paddle Boarding

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Earlier this month, we started our third Adventure Ready series focusing on Paddle Boarding. During the 8 weeks going through March and April, we are incorporating a new skill about paddle boarding into our workouts.  You learn different variations of that skill on Push Days, Pull Days and Whim Days. 

The 8 skills are: 

  1. portaging/craft transport
  2. shoulder stability/control
  3. paddle stroke power
  4. balance
  5. core strength
  6. hip/torso mobility
  7. rescue skills
  8. craft remount

Then after the series ends we are hosting a big Paddle Boarding event to put these newly learned skills into action! 

 

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