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Rock Climbing | Climbing Community | Climbing Tips | Comp Climbing

Climbing High: Tips for Conquering 3,300 Vertical Feet

By: Movement

We hope you're taking on our July Member Challenge to climb a classic! We are celebrating the 7-year anniversary of Alex Honnold free soloing the classic, Freerider on El Capitan. Here are our tips to get you on the leaderboard (or at least how to finish climbing all 3,300 feet!)

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World Indoor Climbing Competition | Climbing Tips | Comp Climbing | speed climbing

What is Speed Climbing?

By: Rachel Osborne

In climbing, as in life, there's something thrilling about the prospect of a race. Two competitors, a clearly defined finish, and the drive to be the quickest. You may have seen a unique wall in your local gym marked by uniform red holds. Here, climbers tap into this excitement as they face off in a vertical sprint to the top. Blink, and you might miss it. This is speed climbing.

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Climbing Community | Climbing Tips | Start Climbing | Fitness and Yoga

Maximizing Your Summer Membership at Movement Gyms

By: Anna S.

Summer is the perfect time to embrace new challenges, connect with others, and enhance your wellness journey. At Movement Gyms, we offer a variety of classes, events, and community activities to help you make the most of your membership! Here are some tips to get the most out of your Summer Membership:

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Climbing Tips

All About Climbing Training Boards in 2024

By: Movement

If you’ve ever been interested in climbing training boards, but you don’t know where to start—we’ve got you covered. From Tension to Kilter to campus, we’re covering the basics of the climbing training board landscape in 2024.

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Rock Climbing | Climbing Tips | outdoor climbing

Top Tips to Get Started Climbing Outside

By: Christina Damon

Spent plenty of sessions crushing it at our indoor gyms and feeling ready to take your skills to the great outdoors? We're so stoked for you to experience the thrill of climbing on real rock. There's nothing quite like fresh air, the sounds of nature, and that satisfying burn as you problem-solve your way up an outdoor route or boulder.

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Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips | Fitness and Yoga

How Fitness and Strength Training Can Improve Your Climbing

By: Movement Staff

Rock climbing is a multifaceted sport that challenges the climber's physical strength, mental acuity, and technical skills. Beyond the thrill of ascent, it’s a dance of precision where fitness and strength training play a crucial role in enhancing overall performance. Unlike conventional gym routines, climbing demands a combination of strength, technique, and problem-solving, offering a holistic approach to fitness that can transform climbing abilities. Boosting Physical Capabilities: The Role of Strength Training Incorporating strength training into a climber's regimen is pivotal for pushing past plateaus and advancing to more challenging routes. Key exercises like deadlifts and pull-ups build muscle endurance and power, which are essential for maintaining grip and pulling oneself up on the rock. Additionally, core-focused workouts such as planks and leg raises develop the stability needed to balance and maneuver through complex sequences on the wall. Grip Strength: The Foundation of Climbing One of the most direct benefits of weightlifting for climbers is the enhancement of grip strength. Exercises that involve hand weights, barbells, or resistance bands can significantly improve a climber’s ability to hold onto grips with less fatigue. This is crucial for both bouldering and big wall climbing where a strong, enduring grip can make the difference between success and a fall. Enhancing Flexibility and Mobility While strength is a clear asset, flexibility and mobility are equally critical. Climbers also benefit from incorporating yoga into their training schedules to increase their range of motion. This flexibility allows climbers to reach farther holds and maintain more challenging positions without injury. Dynamic stretching can also aid in preventing strains and enhances the fluidity of movements on the rock. Building a Community of Strength and Skill Strength training for climbers often thrives in a community setting, where shared goals foster motivation and learning. Climbing gyms (like Movement!) that offer fitness classes tailored to climbers provide environments where novices and veterans alike can learn from each other’s experiences and push their limits under the guidance of trainers familiar with the unique demands of the sport. The Synergy of Climbing and Strength Training The integration of strength training and climbing is not merely about achieving physical improvements; it enriches the climbing experience, boosting confidence and enabling climbers to tackle more difficult projects. This synergy not only elevates individual performance but also contributes to a richer, more inclusive climbing culture, where climbers support one another in achieving their personal bests. By emphasizing both fitness and climbing, climbers can enjoy a more fulfilling experience in the sport—advancing their skills, overcoming challenges, and enjoying the community that comes with shared pursuit of climbing excellence.

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Climbing Community | Climbing Tips | outdoor climbing

Climbing Stewardship: Preserving the Beauty of Our Nation's Crags

By: Anna S.

Whether you're a seasoned climber with years of experience or a newcomer eagerly embracing the thrill of scaling rocks, chances are your adventures have led or will lead you to some of the most breathtaking climbing destinations across the country. As climbers, we're privileged to explore these natural wonders, but with this privilege comes a responsibility to protect and preserve these environments for future generations. This is where climbing stewardship comes into play.

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belay rock climbing | Climbing Community | Climbing Tips | bouldering

9 Tips for a Smooth Vertical Adventure

By: Movement

Welcome to the wild world of indoor climbing – where the walls and vibes are even higher. As you gear up for your vertical adventure, let's chat about some down-to-earth tips that'll keep you cruising through the climbs with style and respect for the whole climbing crew.

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Rock Climbing | Climbing Tips | Start Climbing | bouldering | outdoor climbing

Friction Tips (climbing skin care for max grip)

By: Hunter Price

In honor of our annual West Coast Friction Series competition, let's talk all things friction to get you (and your skin) in Peak Performance shape. Whether you're a seasoned climber or just starting out, caring for your skin is crucial for optimal sendage. In this blog, we'll explore five essential tips tailored specifically for climbers aiming to achieve maximum friction all while taking care of their precious skin.

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beginner climbing | Climbing Tips | Start Climbing | Climbing Gear

Scaling Comfort: A Friendly Guide to Finding the Perfect Climbing Shoe Fit

By: Hunter Price

There is a saying in climbing: “All you need to get started is a pair of climbing shoes and a chalk bag.” But there is something weird that happens when you slide on climbing shoes the first time, whether you borrowed them from a friend, inherited them from your aunt, or got a pair of rentals from the front desk. “…oh these feel, different” is a VERY common reaction. It’s a strange, strange sensation. Now you have a shoe that has never felt like anything else on your foot. Where do you go next? What is this shoe supposed to feel like? The wall of options in the gear shop can feel overwhelming. Not to worry! In this blog, we'll spill the beans on the tips and tricks for landing that ideal climbing shoe fit.

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