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Jan 24, 2007, 11:05 AM
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i find that when i sit down before a really hard bouldering problem and visualize my self making each individual move i climb much better. if i'm climbing in a home gym i also find that music with a good beat will clear my mind and allow me to focus on the climb.
i forget what this is called but, i've got a freind who will repeat a series of words over and over again to focus. i.e. happy, confident, strong, smooth, happy, confident, strong, smooth.
so i just wanted to hear about others different methods of focusing on a climb.


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I believe "practicing in your head" is actually called previsualization and is a well known and effective way to create memory engrams which then translate to physical expertise.

Meditation is something else. There are many types of meditation, but all that I know of involve "not-thinking" (at least at the lower levels) or concentrating on a specific thing like a mantra and/or physical sensation. It too can be an effective aid to climbing by developing concentration and a way to deal with your feeling.

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I believe "practicing in your head" is actually called previsualization and is a well known and effective way to create memory engrams which then translate to physical expertise.

Meditation is something else. There are many types of meditation, but all that I know of involve "not-thinking" (at least at the lower levels) or concentrating on a specific thing like a mantra and/or physical sensation. It too can be an effective aid to climbing by developing concentration and a way to deal with your feeling.

Agree with both of those - visualisation is a proven-to-be-effective technique (particularly when it is focused, realistic, and all-inclusive) for getting your mind and body in touch with the route/problem, and with getting the movement "wired" in advance (obviously a bit harder with onsighting - have to rely on estimates so the visualisation has to include visualising adaptability and options).

And mediation is not the same thing but also useful if you can do it right (I don't practise it really), for clearing and calming the mind.

A good set-up would be to visualise first, then mediate and let the visualisation sink into the unconcious...


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Before I climb I will sit on my crash pad at the first problem of the day and clear my mind. I think about smooth moves, powerful moves, and all the other wonderful stuff. I don't quite know what i'd call it but it help me. It definitely relaxes me and i think makes me a better, smoother, more graceful climber.


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