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Dec 26, 2011, 4:01 PM

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Re: [verticalTunes] Foot Strengthening
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I was fortunate to have met some very helpful climbing friends when I first started climbing many years ago. They told me that footwork was something to really work on so I devoted much of my time to laser like precision and not to look away from my foot placement until I was absolutely positive that it was the optimal placement. This prevented me from "blowing through" the toes of my new shoes.

It's important to find a pair of shoes that you'll enjoy climbing and bouldering in. The advice I give to new climbers is, "snug to the point of being tight when you first put them on at the beginning of the session but not tight to the point that they're painful". If they're painful, you won't find it comfortable to use your feet in the manner that will help you ascend (eg. smear, front point, edge, hook). If you can spend the whole session walking around in them, climbing, belaying and not take them off, then I would suggest that you could have gone down at least 1/2 a size.

Over time, your feet get stronger. It's that journey that 's sometimes uncomfortable until your feet develop.

(This post was edited by GeckoBat on Dec 26, 2011, 4:07 PM)

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