3 KEY elements to learn EASY climbing techniques
Progress in technique is accessible to everyone.
This is also one of the first things to work when you start.
What is the technique for?
To allow you to save the best your energy.
And so keep your muscle strength for the movements that really require it.
But even if everyone can progress technically, you should know that there are 3 factors that make learning easier.
3 elements that have, a priori, nothing to do with technique … but that will greatly influence your ability to learn and how quickly you will improve.
Factor 1: Your athletic qualities specific to climbing
What is your current athletic level?
Do you already practice a sport that requires strength and flexibility? Then learning will be easier.
On the other hand, if you start climbing and you did not do any sports before … it will be more difficult.
Nothing crippling, but I do not hide from you that you go further.
Developing a good technique requires having a good knowledge of one’s body, having strength and flexibility.
So even if you start climbing but you practice yoga, dance or gymnastics, for example, you will have more facilities.
Simply because you have already developed athletic qualities that are specific to climbing.
What if you do not have these qualities?
Work in parallel (by practising yoga for example …)
This is clearly something that will move you forward.
Factor 2: Your genetic heritage
We’re all different.
This is due to the basis of our genetic heritage. And this genetic heritage will define our genetic potential in a given sport.
For some, climbing will be an innate characteristic. For others, not at all.
The bad news?
You can not change your genetic potential: you have to do with what you have …
Nevertheless, it must be known that great athletes have succeeded in not necessarily having a favourable genetic potential.
What made them succeed? Work. Because that’s where everything is played out in reality.
So even if you think you do not have the genes of the born climber (like 99% of people, I reassure you),
know that with the right method and work, you will be able to develop a technique that is well above average.
Factor 3: Your physical condition
Earlier in this article, I told you about factor 1: your specific athletic qualities. There is another physical aspect that counts, it is your general physical condition.
What is it exactly?
This is your current level in terms of endurance, cladding and muscle building (among others).
Indeed, you can have specific athletic qualities to developed climbing (such as flexibility) but do not have a good general physical condition … and you stop very quickly from the first movements on the wall. And vice versa.
So, if you already have a good physical condition, it will be of great help to you.
If this is not the case, I really invite you to follow a fitness program. You can follow him in parallel with the climbing and I guarantee you that it is essential to your progress.
Here is a session that you can do at home.
You can do it in the evening or in the morning before going to work, 3 times a week.
I advise you to warm up before and do some stretching once the exercises are done.
Workout to repeat 3 times with 1-minute rest between sets.
No rest between exercises (unless it’s really hard: take a few seconds to catch your breath).
(sorry for the frame a little messy …)
What you need to remember
Of these 3 factors, you have the mastery over 2: your athletic qualities and your physical condition. Nothing forces you to work on these 2 axes in addition to your technical work.
You can progress without it.
Indeed, whatever your current physical level, develop a quality technique must be one of your priorities because it is thanks to her that you will be able to make the most of your current physique.
A few months ago we wrote an article about Boulder climbing exercises to boost your progression. This article can help you to develop your climbing skills. Do not hesitate to read it.
Simply because a good technique will save you valuable energy on every move. And at best you manage your energy, the more you climb hard.
Nevertheless, you must keep in mind that climbing is a sequence of complex psychomotor movements. And these movements form a whole … mixing technical, physical, mental and tactical.
So, I can only advise you to do a job on qualities such as flexibility and strength … and to make sure to have a good general physical condition.
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