You spent countless hours, days, and weeks, learning how to rock climb. After visiting a few courses, you began to think that you mastered the sport. But, just when you thought you were at your peak, you got stuck in a rut. Maybe you attempted to climb a certain course but could never finish it. Or, you kept struggling on basic courses that should come at ease for you. Whatever your rock climbing difficulty is, there is a way to solve it. All you have to do is alter your rock climbing technique!
Rock Climbing Technique
Regardless of how much rock climbing experience you have, you should always be willing to learn something new. If you are newer to rock climbing, learn about the history of rock climbing and the typical rock climbing technique. For rock climbers of every level, seek out information regarding new equipment, various rock climbing locations, and even a new and popular rock climbing technique. Whatever you choose to learn, it is sure to improve your rock climbing knowledge, which will transform into a course.
You are setting yourself up for failure if you do not stretch and warm up before rock climbing. Rock climbing requires you to use your strength and stamina. But, how are you supposed to use your strength and stamina to the best of your potential, when they are stiff? It is advised to take about 30 minutes to stretch and do various small exercises. By warming up for 30 minutes, you will get your heart rate elevated a little, and loosen up your much-needed muscles. Your brain will also be more awake. Thus, warming up before rock climbing could make the difference between making a stupid mistake on what should be a moderately easy course, or completing the course with ease.
This tip relates to the first tip. Before visiting a course, you should always research it. By researching it prior to visiting it, you could be prepared for any number of obstacles, such as having to meet certain requirements in order to rock climb that specific course. Also, you can be aware of common hazards, common places on the course that are difficult or dangerous, and the overall environment of the course. Thus, you won’t be shocked if you visit the course and they require a fee or a certain membership, or you begin ascending the course and suddenly an obstacle comes in your way.
Have you noticed that your forearms tend to become tired quickly while you rock climb? If so, you need to adjust your grip strength! This rock climbing technique is super simple and is sure to improve your performance. All you have to do is relax! Well, you technically have to do more than that, but overall you just have to relax. To begin, focus on forearm exercises in the gym to improve your grip. You still want to have a strong grip, but you want to ensure that your back and shoulders are loose and relaxed while you are gripping. This will relieve the tension.
You may think that a good rock climbing technique starts with strength, but in reality, a good rock climbing technique begins with impeccable balance. When thinking about your balance, you need to remember that the center of your balance is centered on your body mass, aka approximately the middle of your body. When you are rocking climbing, you should always be aware of, and focus on, your sense of balance. Having strong balance could help you glide up a wall.
Relating to the center of balance, the center of gravity should also be balanced in either towards the wall or away from the wall. A good rock climbing technique would be to keep your body as close to the wall as you feel comfortable. While you should be as close to the wall as you can, sometimes you have to lean away from the wall to see the route. That is okay. But, once you see your route, or have crossed over a tough area, return to being close to the wall. Finally, a fantastic rock climbing technique that can ensure you that you are adequately spaced from the wall is having your knees point away from the wall. In other words, your knees should never point directly in towards the wall.
If you want to try a popular rock climbing technique, then try the static climbing technique. The static climbing technique is basically making a move based on how body position is controlled by muscle movement, not by momentum. In order to do this, just follow two basic steps. First, move your limbs. Then, shift your body weight. Repeat this sequence, and you are following the static rock climbing technique!
Sharpen up your rock climbing technique by ensuring you have control and fluidness while you rock climb. You can do this by controlling unneeded movement. When you wiggle and resituate, you are creating a greater opportunity to slip, or even fall. Instead of feeling the need to wiggle and resituate, carefully calculate your every move, and control your movement. Also, be sure to hold still!
Whether you are climbing a towering mountain, or a smaller cliff, moving fast, or going at a slower pace, if you take advantage of rest spots, you will improve your performance. Most rock climbers have the belief that if they do not complete a course in one run, then they have failed. This is not true. Advanced rock climbers can scale large heights, not because they are made of muscle, but because they take advantage of rest spots. Rest spots can include anything from an overhang where you can place your knee under, to an edge you can lean against. They may not be what you typically think a rest spot is, but certain areas can be utilized as a rest spot.
Finally, allow yourself to fall. By making mistakes, in this case falling, you will allow yourself to evaluate your skills and work harder. If you can learn from what you did wrong, you will become a stronger rock climber. Falling isn’t a sign of weakness, if anything it is a sign of strength, because of the empowerment and perseverance that it leads to.
So, the next time you head out to a rock climbing course, makes sure to apply a few of these rock climbing techniques. Also, it is important that you remember to educate and challenge yourself, rock climbing wise, when you’re off the course. Hopefully, you can continue to refer to this guide to help you get unstuck from your rock climbing rut, and maybe even prevent future difficulties!