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csiebsen


Aug 13, 2012, 9:44 AM
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I've been climbing, mostly outdoor, for the last 4 or so years, maybe once a week or so. This fall I joined a climbing gym and would like to invest time and training so that by Spring I can move up at least a level, I'm around 5.10ish now.

My thinking has been to just have fun climbing and keep pushing myself to harder routes. This approach has appeal because it's so simple and I don't have to invest time or money into any specific training. I've been making pretty good progress doing this, but it occured to me that I might actually be teaching myself bad habits that I'll need to "unlearn" when I get to higher levels.

So, I bought a copy of "Self-Coached Climber: The Guide to Movement, Training, Performance" Dan M. Hague as well as a couple other books and am attempting to learn and apply all I can.

My question is, do you think this is adequate to get me on the right track or should I invest in getting expert feedback and training? At my home gym, "Vertical Endeavors" they offer individual training as well as weekly "Movement and Technique" lessons.

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Aug 13, 2012, 1:48 PM
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csiebsen wrote:
I've been climbing, mostly outdoor, for the last 4 or so years, maybe once a week or so. This fall I joined a climbing gym and would like to invest time and training so that by Spring I can move up at least a level, I'm around 5.10ish now.

My thinking has been to just have fun climbing and keep pushing myself to harder routes. This approach has appeal because it's so simple and I don't have to invest time or money into any specific training. I've been making pretty good progress doing this, but it occured to me that I might actually be teaching myself bad habits that I'll need to "unlearn" when I get to higher levels.

So, I bought a copy of "Self-Coached Climber: The Guide to Movement, Training, Performance" Dan M. Hague as well as a couple other books and am attempting to learn and apply all I can.

My question is, do you think this is adequate to get me on the right track or should I invest in getting expert feedback and training? At my home gym, "Vetical Endeavors" they offer individual training as well as weekly "Movement and Technique" lessons.

Thanks!

The Self Coached Climber is about as good of a print document as you're going to get and many people find the DVD very useful. However, if you can get useful, in person, training I certainly would take advantage of it.


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Thanks for the input. I'll probably sign up for the Saturday class a couple times to see if it helps. For $20 it's not terribly expensive, but I'll probably wait on the individual coaching / training until I feel like I'm plateauing.


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Up to you. But my guess would be that atleast 80% of climbers that climb 5.13 and up have never had formal coaching.


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Up to you. But my guess would be that atleast 80% of climbers that climb 5.13 and up have never had formal coaching.

Which only means that you can do it yourself. It doesn't mean that having someone else help you figure things out won't make it happen faster.


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