As you know, different forms of climbing require very different levels of energy and physical condition. Your physical condition coupled with your expectations for the day (relaxed climbing vs. going all out to send a project), your specific dietary requirements and your metabolism can be hugely impacted by what you’ve been eating! In part two of our three-part blog series, climbing dietitian Anabel gives us some tips on how to power through a day of sport climbing. Continue reading >
Have you ever wondered what top climbers eat to power themselves through the day? Well… we asked them for you!
In part one of our three part blog series, we had breakfast with Alex Megos.
Alex told us he can’t look past a bowl of quark with fruit and oats for breakfast. Quark is a great source of protein and Alex can’t seem to get enough of it! Continue reading >
Imagine a climber that is experiencing discomfort in their shoulder. Dysfunction in the biomechanics of a climber’s shoulder, combined with the repetition of some specific movements whilst climbing can cause small compressive impact on certain tendons.
Over time, without any specific accident or trauma to the shoulder, these tendons begin to produce inflammation and pain. Continue reading >
When I first took an interest in injury prevention for climbing, in about 1998, there wasn’t much information available.
I found a few articles about training and a couple about injury prevention, but I was unable to find anything directly related to preventive training. Continue reading >
There I am, standing in front of a route, ready to climb. I’ve tried this route a couple of times, so I know what to expect, but this time I’m going to send it. I just can’t think about failure; I talk it through before I start. Off I go, a little unfocused as I climb the first moves, because I know exactly where the crux is. Thinking too far ahead, I fight my way through the first few moves… Continue reading >
They say that traveling broadens your mind, so that’s why going on a climbing trip is a great way to develop your climbing! Although the crag is literally in the foreground during a climbing trip, there are a number of other reasons why you should go on a climbing trip and broaden your horizon.
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Complex / functional strength training is a method in which we don’t just train individual muscles in isolation, but rather incorporate as much of the respective muscle group into our training as possible. Climbing involves highly complex forms of movement, so the workouts should also be complex! Continue reading >
Skin injuries during climbing and bouldering are annoying, but they heal with proper care within a few days. It becomes much more uncomfortable when you “do a pulley” (injury an annular ligament). An inflammation or a tear can cause problems for weeks or even months. Tape can provide some relief, support healing and in some cases, allow you to keep climbing. Continue reading >
In our last article, we talked about how you can tape flappers and today, we will talk about treating skin injuries on your palms. Climbing can also wreak havoc on your palms! You can tape a split callus on your palm using the method we describe below. This method is a little more elaborate than taping flappers on your fingers. Continue reading >
All it takes is a quick slip and bang, a small section of skin on your finger tears open and exposes the sensitive, deeper layer of skin. If you choose to ignore it and keep climbing, you will most likely experience an unpleasant burning sensation. If the tear is deep enough, it may even bleed. Time to stop? Not necessarily! With the right taping method, you still have a chance at ticking your project! And now we’ll explain how! Continue reading >