Climbing Tips for Beginners

Climbing isn’t like running, we don’t have all the necessary equipment and knowledge in built into us. Also, if you are going to be climbing something that has height, the element of danger is very much present, unlike of course simply tripping over in the street on your run. This means that although some people may be eager to get straight into climbing, which thanks to the sports rising popularity you can, surpassing the amateur level requires a fair amount of learning. You probably already have a good idea of how to do it, reach for the hold, pull yourself up, repeat right? But it really isn’t that simple, but it also isn’t overly complicated. The issue with climbing is that the room for error is high and error means falling, which under many circumstances could mean something very bad. However, there are several key points that beginners should keep in mind that you may not have contemplate, here are just a few.

Use Your Legs & Feet

Because we look at our objective above us and see our arms outstretched its quite natural for newcomers to simply try and drag themselves up the side of a wall. This however won’t get you too far. Your legs are your support and generally are the home of much stronger muscles than your arms. Making sure you utilise your lower body is very important if you want to make it up the tougher climbs. Positioning your feet in places where you can move freely from or finding a spot where you have enough room to settle comfortably are key to enduring longer climbs.

Preserve Your Energy

It won’t take long for you to find out that climbing takes a toll on your body. There aren’t too many activities we perform day to day that require us to lift our body weight or balance it on such small points. From lifting to stretching to leaping, climbing is a calorie-burning affair and of course calories are in effect energy. The last thing you want is to be halfway through a climb and be completely burned out. This is why energy preservation is unforgettable; if you use it all at once you simply won’t have anything left for the end. Think of it as a jog, finding the right pace is vital and having enough oomph in your reserves for the last push is really what helps you get there.

Work on Your Grip

It may seem almost obvious that climbing requires you to have a somewhat decent ability to hold on tight. Though in reality many peoples grip, the strength in their forearms that allows their hands to clasp tightly, isn’t that great. Think about how often you actually use those muscles for extended periods daily, probably not too much. As you climb this will obviously increase, but it’s worth working out your forearms and wrist muscles in your spare time. If you don’t have any weights or aren’t a member at a gym, grab something like a powerball, which can help grip and relieve injury in the same areas.