We can all agree that core strength is an incredibly important part of your preparation for climbing, but possibly more important is how you apply that strength. Too often I've seen climbers unable to hold on after cutting feet, and respond with, "I need to do more core."
Wrong. You need to learn better how to use the core you have.
We've worked for the last year, inspired by a drill brainchild from Nate we call "rooting," to put together this system designed to teach better body tension to climbers. You've heard us talk about "rooting" on the podcast, and some of you have emailed us to find out more. Now we have a place to send you.
Our new "Applied Body Tension" ebook is a series of progressions that will teach you to apply your core strength through your entire body, toes to fingertips. We see tension as a dial that includes relaxation, a necessary component for climbing, so you will also better learn how and when to relax, and how to toggle between the two states. This ebook includes a system of proven drills and progressions that can be applied to nearly any climbing session, and is designed to be plugged into any training plan. Beginning as warmups and progressing over time, this system of drills is appropriate for any level of climber, and will give more value and importance to your warmups.
The Tension Dial
We're also bringing a workshop that teaches these concepts on the road with us. Hope to see you soon!
It’s finally here. A simple, repeatable, and highly effective program designed to give you the best chance of building core strength that transfers to your projects.
What good are core exercises if they don’t help your climbing? While normal exercises can go a long way towards making your core stronger, I’m a fan of using climbing drills to incorporate that strength core into your regular climbing.
When you are trying to do hard moves while climbing, the goal is to compensate, get into the most efficient body positions, and find the path of least resistance. With core exercises, we are looking for the opposite. You are trying to find the most challenging positions that you can execute while maintaining perfect form.
If you want to get stronger, you need to try hard. This is as true with your training as it is with your climbing. It doesn’t matter how good an exercise or a program is, if you aren’t putting in the correct effort then you won’t get the results you’re looking for.
Learning to breathe under tension can be a game changer for your climbing.
Finding useful core exercises for climbing can be tough. Some are so advanced that it’s hard to tell if you are getting anything out of them or if it’s just a circus trick with little carryover to performance.
We can all agree that core strength is incredibly important for climbing, but possibly more important is how you apply that strength. Our new “Applied Body Tension” ebook will teach you to apply your core strength through your entire body, toes to fingertips.
My last post about my core workout prompted a great question from one of our readers, Brett, who asks: What is the rationale behind the amount of rest between sets?
The core is the engine that drives every performance on the rock. If your core is weak in any of its components, then it won't matter how long your forearms can hang on before flaming out... your sagging core will drag you off the wall.