If you haven’t been climbing in a few months or more, there are a couple of areas which you can try and strengthen before your next climb, in order to avoid injury and makes you a stronger climber.
All climbers know the forearm pain that comes with that first climb of the season, so focus on stretching and strengthening that area, but equally, strengthen your legs (that’s where all your climbing strength should be hiding anyway!)
4 Workouts To Strengthen Your Climbing
Mountain Climbers– As with most sports, core is super important in climbing. Working mountain climbers into your workout will not only strengthen those important stomach muscles, but also improve your cardiovascular endurance and strength.
Burpees- Sorry, but the dreaded burpees are here again! Do these little terrors as often as you can, there are few other home workouts that have the same level of fitness results.
Pull ups- They might seem a little extreme, but pull ups are amazing for climbing. While your legs should be doing a lot of the work when your climbing up that wall, you still need some serious arm and chest strength to pull yourself over the harder routes and survive those overhang climbs. Head to the gym and get a couple of shorts reps in every week, you’ll see your fitness levels shooting up!
Woodchop– This is a seriously tough, but seriously worthwhile abs and legs workout. Stand with your feet hip width apart and hold your hands just to the outside of your left ankle as in a squat position and engage your core. Pull your arms past your right shoulder as your torso rotates to the right and then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times and then swap to the other side of your body, work up reps corresponding to your ability.