Best Bouldering Tips for Beginners

1. Think Before You Act Climbing is so much more than upper body strength, core strength and balance. It is also vital to learn to be tactical in your approach, meaning you must map out and analyze your project before climbing it. Try visualizing each hold and which path might be the most efficient. This is a great skill for beginners to learn.       2. Quads Over Biceps When climbing, you are usually, but not always, going up. The most effective way to do that is to use your legs to push you upward. Beginners tend to reach too far for holds and use more of their upper body. The proper, and more efficient way, to ...

By |June 12th, 2018|

3 Top Tips for Climbers: Hand and Skin Care

1. Use the Right Chalk Deciding whether your chalk is the RIGHT chalk isn't as easy as it may sound. The quality of your chalk can determine a lot about the health of your hands and skin (which we all know are vital for climbing). It is important to use a chalk that doesn't have any drying agents or impurities. Using a high quality chalk will not only keep your skin healthy, but will also keep them from drying out or cracking.     2. File your Skin As you progress into climbing it is necessary to develop strong and healthy calluses on your hands and fingers. Little do most people know, you must maintain these ...

By |May 8th, 2018|

Why Climbing is Good for Your Body and Mind

Builds Muscle and Endurance Climbing is much more than upper body strength. Your core and lower body are just as important. With the intricate feet work to the dynamic moves to ascend a climb, you're guaranteed to build good lean muscle. Not often known for being a cardio workout, climbing can really get the heart pumping and increase your longevity as well.     Increases Brain Function Ever wonder why you hear people call a certain route a "problem"? Because that is exactly what they are! Climbing involves problem-solving skills that help you achieve the goal of making it to the top. Playing out your moves beforehand will not only help your technique but will boost ...

By |April 10th, 2018|

5 Health Benefits of Indoor Rock Climbing

Looking to mix up your fitness routine? Indoor rock climbing is a great way to work on your endurance, build strength and give your balance a boost. It's an exciting sport that can be adopted by virtually anyone, of any age and fitness level, whether you're a hardcore athlete, weekend warrior, or a desk jockey. If you've ever thought, "how do I try rock climbing near me?" then you'll be happy to know that indoor rock climbing offers the same health benefits of outdoor climbing—without the hassle of travel time, bugs, and creepy crawlies! Here are the top 5 health benefits of indoor rock climbing: 1. It Strengthens Your Muscles While Being Low Impact Indoor rock ...

By |March 13th, 2018|

Getting Down with Warm-Ups

As athletes, we sometimes feel as though we have everything under control in our own sport. For me this is especially true; I’ve grown so comfortable with climbing that I often jump straight into it once I hit the gym, and neglect to do a proper warm-up. But don’t let yourself be fooled. Every athlete can benefit from warming up before they exercise. Research shows that proper warm-ups can offer tons of benefits in terms of athletic performance, including raising the temperature of the blood, muscles, and even helping you to sweat later on! As heat travels through your blood stream, oxygen becomes more readily available to be delivered to respiring (active) muscles. With warm muscle ...

By |February 13th, 2018|