September 17, 2021 2 min read
When you’re just starting out with rock climbing, it’s important to remember to focus on building your skills and technique first before building physical strength. It’s true that you’ll need brute force to make your way to the top, but you need to be paired with the right technique to get you there.
Whether you’relooking for new rock climbing techniques or tipsto help you get started on the right foot—literally and figuratively—we have some handy advice for you!
First and foremost, you’ll want to think about your fingers. Keeping them in tip-top shape is essential to becoming (and staying) a good climber. It’s imperative to warm up your hands before beginning your climb; there aren’t any actual muscles in our hands, just ligaments. This makes them very easy to injure, especially if you haven’t warmed up. Rubbing them together is a fast and easy way to do this.
More than that, you’ll want to protect the outside of your hands. Dry, chapped, and calloused hands are often experienced by avid climbers. Fortunately, there are products likeBomber Balm out there that can help keep your hands soft and moisturized through the toughest of climbs.
This may not be a new sport climbing technique, but it’s an important one—especially for beginners. It’s common for those new to climbing to look up, find the next hold, and have their footwork be an afterthought. However, it should be the other way around.
Before deciding where to grab think about whether or not your feet are in a position to make a natural and fluid movement to the next hold. It may be tricky to assess this when you’re first starting out, but with time (and practice) you’ll get a feel for your body, and where and what you’re capable of doing comfortably.
Another common issue climbers run into is holding their breath while climbing. Not only can this be uncomfortable (even if it happens subconsciously), but it can also be detrimental to your climb.
Experimenting with different breathing techniques will help you stay calm, improve your concentration, and even help with your endurance.
While doing research to improve your climbing technique is great, there’s nothing that compares to having a certified professional help you troubleshoot and perfect your form. Getting lessons from a climbing gym will help you start on the right foot and help establish a solid foundation to keep building (and climbing) on.
To get your technique down pat, you’ll need the right rock climbing gym wear. No matter if you’re just starting out and need a few key climbing pieces or are looking for the perfect top to round out your rock climbing gym apparel, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Crimpin. We design our clothing with climber in mind. That meansshirts made of high-quality, cotton-poly blend that are quick drying and longer-than-average t-shirts that fit comfortably under your climbing harness. Shop now or contact us to learn more about our selection of rock climbing gym outfits for men and women.
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