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Rock climbing training program


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Rock climbing training program

  1. 1. Discover the Best Rock Climbing Training Program If you are an adventure lover then the sport of rock climbing will excite you. Climbing the incredible peaks and rock faces is a sure thing that will surge your adrenalin and offer you a feeling of great achievement. Though the entire act of rock climbing requires coordination of each body part the strength of your hands is often tested during rock climbing. You have to train your muscles and enhance your mental and physical capacity before you set out and achieve through pulling up, locking off and raising the axe. Training for climbing is an indispensable part if you intend to do some serious climbing and continue the sport for a long duration. There are examples of rock climbers who have undergone a rock climbing training program. With proper discipline and strength, individuals have discovered the secret of the sport and are enjoying their time on rocks. Health is integral part of beginning to climb and training and lessons will support you in achieving the right health and stamina levels. With the internet nowadays you can discover the best rock climbing techniques and climb like a professional who knows everything about climbing with ease and focus. Despite the fact that rock climbing has fear factors involved you can secure yourself with gear to avoid falling and getting hurt. The feeling of reaching the predetermined summit is great. It feels like a rush of adrenalin and just to view the nature and birdlife it feels really contented. The feeling is equal to having defeated a grand mountain. Basically a rock climbing training program offers you techniques and tips to make your rock climbing is an exhilarating experience. Today with growing popularity there are many coaches offering coaching and training programs for the beginners and seasoned rock climbers. It is a fun yet physically demanding activity. Though there are ample number of aspects that appeal to individuals partaking in this sport there is undisputed belief that the activity which stands out needs proper training.
  2. 2. Today there are countless rock climbing opportunities for people who love to venture outdoors and the experience is truly unique and awe-inspiring. Rock climbing training manual offered by experts often comes to the rescue of climbers. Since it is necessary that the art of rock climbing must be learned first you inevitably need to find a successful climber and coach offering fundamental techniques and training to climb the rocks. Look online for master rock climber Don McGrath offering wealth of training advice, tips, and tools to help you rapidly and vastly improve your rock climbing ability. The revelation about mental training The following is an excerpt from Don McGrath and Jeff Elison's best-selling book Vertical Mind. "I have long been a student of training for rock climbing. I have read virtually all the books written in English on the topic. I was a nationally ranked distance runner in college, and from that I have a training mindset. I am familiar with most of the concepts in the literature regarding how to train for rock climbing. I have tried many training plans, some with success and others with no success. Over the years, I have developed a physical training style that suits my body and works for me and the expert/elite level at which I currently climb. At age 49, I have found that keeping a high level of general fitness is very important to my climbing. It helps me avoid injuries, recover well from workouts, and to have the general strength and endurance required of the climbing that I like most, hard sport climbing. Given this, I do some sort of resistance or weight training two times per week and some sort of aerobic training two to three times per week. Each of these cross-training workouts lasts about an hour, including the warm up and cool down. I have also found that climbing often (3-4 days per week), and not to exhaustion, yields the best results for me. While I had more or less refined a physical training program, through trial and error, I had not spent nearly as much time or attention on mental training. As I began consistently climbing at the 5.12+ to 5.13- grades, I began to feel as though it was my mental strength that was holding me back, rather than my physical strength or technique. I found that I would sometimes avoid getting on my project for various reasons, most of which were mental and not physical. For example, I would become preoccupied with a fall, rather than the climbing. I would develop a high level of anxiety when I was close to redpointing a project, and this often would delay my successful completion of the route.
  3. 3. This revelation is why I began studying mental training for rock climbing. My studies revealed many instances from my past where my failures were due to mental factors. I knew I was on the right path to improving my climbing. In the following paragraphs, I describe just a few of the instances that reinforced how my mental state was holding me back more than my physical ability or technique. I recall an eye-opening event when I was learning to lead-climb at the 5.12 level. While climbing one day with my good friend and climbing mentor Fred Abbuhl, I was struggling on the crux of a climb named Eyeless in Gaza (5.12b). This crux involved making a hard clip from a powerful side pull, followed by small hand holds before reaching a good rest position. I was having a devil of a time making the clip at the crux. I would get into position to clip and immediately get tired and yell "take." After watching me do this four or five times, Fred yelled that I should not be having a hard time with the clip. Like that was helpful! He told me to forget about the clip and instead climb into the clipping position and see how long I could hold that position. I did this and found that I could stay there for nearly a full minute. Hmmmm. Now, that was helpful! Could it be that my brain was telling me that I was tired, overriding my true physical capability? It certainly seemed so."