Monday, February 11, 2013

Training for Climbing

Hello again, friends!

In the last few years, I've become a bit of a training nerd. I started climbing in 1999, and spent the majority of my first 12 years injured. (Literally!) I always just assumed that I was injury prone, and there was little I could do about it. However, in the summer of 2011, I happened to spend a month with a good climbing friend and avid trainer. Tired of too much couch time and a severe plateau in ability, I embarked on my first true, climbing-related training plan that summer.

Having trained regularly ever since, I cannot promote it enough! Since that time, I've had very few (and no serious) climbing injuries. As such, I've been able to climb without interruption (even if just indoors) for nearly two years, and I've actually been able to improve at climbing--if only because I haven't constantly been healing or trying to get back in shape.

Many people want to train for rock climbing--for many reasons--but don't really know how. And though I don't claim to be an expert, I've been burying my head in nutrition and (strength) training books during the last few years, and have a definite idea of how the body works with respect to training, nutrition and rest. I also see that many climbers' training plans and theories are quite antithetical to the doctrines of modern sports science.

As such, I've begun writing training articles for a new climbing gym supply company's website. All articles are based on the information from well-researched, published works, and are adapted to climbing. If you're curious, feel free to take a gander! I've only written a few articles to date, but I'll continue to generate more on a fairly regular basis.

Take care!