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Rock Climbing : Comments

Comments by cJackson (1)


Article: Finger & Back/Arm Strength
You have to have the strength to overcome technique flaws early on, but you have to isolate the two for the fastest possible improvement, IMO. I try to work technique as much as I can but once I'm at the point where I can no longer maintain a grip on the holds, there is no further benefit.

I'm not sure why there's such an aversion to strength training for beginners. I think the key is to get enough rest between days. When you climb, your focus is technique and efficiency, but if you're like me, and can't get to the gym 3 times per week, you have to build strength on the off days. The added strength only enhances your technical learning curve provided you don't hurt yourself.

Football players don't just play football. Baseball players don't just play baseball and hockey players don't just play hockey. They have to break their sport down to smaller functional activities if they are to improve beyond just a familiarity with the sport. They all do strength training, they all do cardio (although many baseball players may not, judging by appearances -- E.G. CC Sabathia), and they all break the technique down to a manageable context so they can get more reps in without being completely worn out.