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awkward


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I am looking for ways to improve my technique. The fallback is that I am relatively strong and I heard that I "exude power" when I climb. I want to improve my technique, but I am not sure ways to go about this. Obviously, climbing will help, but I still find seeing where to put my feet to make it easier quite difficult. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully I can get over this hurdle soon.

Thanks,
-Bryan


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i think the answer lies within the question does it not?
practice.

try downclimbing without hanging on moderate climbs.
jer


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if you do any gym climbing...
...find or set up moves that you find that you struggles with on real rock. then do the move until you have it licked. then increase the angle of make the holds smaller or both.


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Best advice anyone has ever given me: Boulder.


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Learn to control ur movements. Everything is a fluid motion. take ur time with each move. control ur power and energy. it takes time but after a while u will be able to do it. Also... BOULDER


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Practice climbing overhangs by *drum roll* climbing overhangs!
Start off with all positive jugs to help you stay into the wall. Then, as you get stronger and have better technique move onto the smaller, less positive holds.
And don't try to hop right on a steep overhang. Work your way from 10 degree overhangs up to the roofs.


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set up a route with bigger feet holds and smaller hand holds and work on using your feet more. im not sure if this is the answer to the question your asking. but if your asking what i think you are it will help.


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Thanks to all who contributed. I will try these things.

-Bryan


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Three things:
1. Climb
2. Climb some more
3. Climb some more


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laps laps laps.
pick something easy, that you can climb without difficulty, and climb it slowly. not racing up it with power moves, but take the opportunity to note how the climb is laid out.

focus especially on standing up on your legs. before you allow yourself to even look for another hold, be sure you have straightened your leg out all the way, therefore standing on it, instead of just pulling yourself up another climb. this technique doesn't work for every sort of climb, of course, but it's great for getting the feel of footwork!



cruzinsouthoc


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Ya know..I was told the same thing when I started climbing...that I just muscled up the walls, problem was, my arms were dead in no time flat. Go to the gym and take your time and think about what your next move is, think 3-4 moves ahead so you can visualise the route. It'll help make you a smarter climber...watch more experienced climbers and try to figure out what they're thinking as they climb..just keep practicing, and of course, Bouldering!! I usually pick boulders that'll help me develop a particular move and just keep doing it.


metoliusmunchkin


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I agree with Ecchastang, other than a slight detail. Yes, climbing helps, although, you must seek guidance, from a more experienced climber, to instruct you, aid you, to better yourself as a climber, thus improving your technique. Perhaps seek a climbing teacher (or simply a small session at your local gym, this option has worked for me, on many an occasion).


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footwork is always over looked, i did too untill a friend pointed out my fault, try watching your feet as they go on to the holds, as most people look away at the last minute and then squirm around until their foot feels solid, rather than getting it first time they waste energy. oh and id recomend climbing with someone who is able to point out your faults, trust me its much easerthan trying to find them yourself.

joe


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Feet brother.
Climb with your feet, hang on with yer hands.
Good footwork is the key to good climbing.
Practice good foot placement, for istance:
on edges, roll the balls of your feet on
to the edge, dont just place your foot on
it.
Practice smearing on smooth faces by placing
your weight directly over the balls of
your feet, this is also great practice for
learning how to keep your weight on your
feet.
On overhangs, try placing your feet up under
you as high as you can, with a positive
hand hold, and then in one move standing up.
Remember to not white knuckle grip your
hand holds, if your gripping everything too
hard with your hands, your not using your
feet.
Keep your weight on your feet, and only grip
the rock with your hands to hang on.
(sometimes this is easier said than done,
but its what you need to strive for).

And practice breathing normaly, one of the
hardest things to learn.

Jim.


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