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mountainrat


Feb 21, 2002, 9:08 PM
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     I watched a guy float up a boulder problem in the gym the other day. This dude attributes a great deal of his ability to ab strength, claiming that the center of one's body is ultra-important. What do you guys (and girls) think?

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maculated


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Having a strong core will only help. I remember when I first started climbing, my abs were really sore, all that pushing and pulling, if you've got a solid core, you've got to have some extra momentum going for you.


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I guess that it may help you keep your body into the rock/wall on overhanging stuff.


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Strong abs (or core strength) is super important in all types of climbing, not just overhanging routes. Even on balancy slabs and vertical faces strong abdominal muscles will help a great deal. Where do you think all that "body tension" comes from?


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