Climbing is a great way to reduce stress, get outside, and get fit, but training properly is difficult and can lead to a lot of injuries if done wrong. So, download the apps below to help you get the most out of your training sessions.
After just a few minutes of climbing at the gym, you'll start to notice there are a lot of things on the wall you just can't hold on to, and you're falling, a lot. There are several factors at play when you fall off a route, and grip strength isn't solely to blame, but it is the main contributor. Since most of us can't afford a private climbing trainer, you are probably going to have to figure out your own ways to improve your grip strength. As of now, the easiest way to see a gigantic leap in grip strength is through regular hangboard workouts. When you are first starting, you don't even need a hangboard, just a pullup bar. After you've found a place you can hold on to, download a hangboard workout app. These hangboard apps will automatically keep track of your sets and rest times. A good app will make it so much easier to track your progress and challenge yourself.
Now, once you can hold on to different holds you are going to notice how quickly you get tired on the wall. After even just a few moves your forearms will start to tighten up. This unpleasant little phenomenon is called getting "pumped" and makes it harder to grab onto already difficult holds. While some experts say the best way to practice climbing endurance is to climb until you can't snap anymore, others have a more strategic approach. No matter which conditioning approach you choose, download an app that will track your daily climbs. By logging your climbs you can make sure you are making improvements towards your goals. By not tracking your progress you are just blindly shooting in the dark and might end up wasting weeks in the gym with a technique that isn't working. After you start to climb regularly, you won't just notice better grip endurance, but you'll notice that you are more fit overall.
Now that you are doing consistent hangboard works outs and making it to the wall regularly, the next step in your climbing progression is to avoid injury. Climbing puts a lot of stress on a lot of very little ligaments and tendons, so you need to make sure to keep these guys healthy. A tendon or ligament injury can set you back weeks, even months, on your training program, luckily there are hand and wrist exercises that can these important little things healthy. A quick conversation at the gym and you will have 50 different recommendations for the best exercises to keep healthy. however, if you can't remember the exact exercise, or don't exactly trust the 12-year-old climbing guru at your gym, download Get Set. Get Set was created by the Olympic committee in order to reduce repetitive use injuries, and is a great place to get started. By staying healthy you'll get to enjoy your new hobby of climbing much more, instead of constantly fighting through annoying injuries and strange pains.
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