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Climbing Tips

You asked, we answered: More energy saving climbing technique tips

By: Tim Seale

Climbers regularly ask us for advice on how to climb better and harder. Of course, there are a jillion ways to answer that question--endurance training, training board exercises, etc. For the sake of this article, we're focusing on small shifts in your climbing technique that will help you save big energy while climbing. 

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Climbing Tips

Do your arms get too fatigued while climbing? Try this technique tip

By: Conor

Ok, today we’re talking about climbing with straight arms versus climbing with bent arms. If you find yourself moving up the wall by grabbing a hold and using your arms to pull it down to you all the way up the wall, we have news for you! There is a much less tiring way to climb! Let’s learn how to climb with straight arms.

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Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

Learning to embrace your climbing fails will make you a better climber

By: Kim

Do you practice failing? Probably not. Let’s be honest – failure is hard for a lot of us, especially if you’ve been conditioned to think of failure as a bad thing. 

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Fitness and Yoga

Yes, going to yoga will improve your climbing (we'll show you how)

By: Sydney King

  “What’s the big deal with yoga for climbers? Can’t I just climb more to get better?” We hear this a lot, and we get it—if you love climbing, it makes sense that the one way to get better is to practice it regularly. A lot of articles around the internet will tell you how and why yoga is important. We wanted to show you how adding a regular yoga routine to your schedule (find your gym and check out their upcoming class calendar) will give you the balance, strength, and coordination you’ll need to make snagging your next climbing goal a little easier.

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Yes, you should do warm up and cool down exercises (and 3 to try)

By: Dan Umbreit

If you’re guilty of climbing one “easy” route, jumping on your project once or twice and then heading home, this blog is for you. Warming up gets the blood flowing and raises your body's temperature. It's critical to preventing injury, increasing mental focus, and getting the body primed for producing force to try hard. Conversely, what you do AFTER climbing can be just as important as your warm-up before. An effective cool-down routine releases the muscles, slows your breath, and jumpstarts the recovery process. 

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Training for Climbing | Fitness and Yoga

build leg strength (and climb stronger) with pistol squats

By: Aaron Neal

A pistol squat is an exercise that is very easy to explain, but hard for most people to do. From a standing position, shift your weight to one leg while the other leg shoots forward. From there, you squat down, bringing your tailbone to your heel and then stand up from a seated or squat  position, again only using one leg.   Pistol squats are great for increasing leg strength and improving balance, which means they really give you a leg up in your climbing.

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Climbing Tips

fun climbing games that are sure to bring back your stoke for climbing

By: Movement

One of the things our instructors, trainers, and coaches love the most is sharing tips and advice with stoked climbers to help them progress and reach their climbing goals.  But as with most things, some of us occasionally find ourselves feeling a bit drained from climbing and training. Well, you aren't alone! Know that lots of climbers have periods where they're less motivated or psyched to hit the gym (a quick google search will further confirm this if you weren't sure). We reached out to Marisa Romero, Director of Youth Teams, and asked her how our instructors and coaches help Movement's Team kids when they lose their climbing motivation. She had great advice to help you get back to being stoked!

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6 core strengthening exercises for climbers

By: Taylor Slay

We've talked in previous blogs about the importance of maintaining a strong core when climbing.  As a reminder, a strong core allows you to keep body tension on the wall, helps you keep your feet on the wall, and it generally just helps you move more powerfully and efficiently.

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Try these 4 simple exercises to build shoulder strength for climbing

By: Svetlana Dani, Skyline Sports Medicine

Climbing requires a lot of overhead shoulder and arm movement and can put quite a bit of stress on the shoulders. All of this strain can lead to injuries ranging from minor muscle tweaks to major tendon tears. The good news is there are a few very effective exercises that strengthen the shoulder and prevent injuries.

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The leg workout every climber should be doing

By: Francy Schuldies

From weight shifting on a slabby route, to long approaches or summer hikes, to everything in between, the legs are the powerhouse of climbing. We talked to Francy at our Englewood gym in Colorado. She is one of the personal trainers there and teaches a weekly Ski Fit class, so we figured that if anyone could recommend a thorough workout to strengthen their bottom half, it would be her 😆. Enjoy! 

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