A proper warmup will help you make the most of your climbing session and prevent long- and short-term injuries. Here's how to get started.
To climb longer and stronger, it’s important to understand our hand anatomy and how pulley injuries happen, as well as how to prevent and treat them, and to restrengthen an injured digit.
For such a common ailment, the misinformation and paucity of research available is staggering.
Studies indicate Vitamin D impacts recovery, mood, immunity, and more. And chances are, if you're like over half of Americans, you're deficient.
Climbing is dangerous even when you know what you are doing. It's outright deadly when you think you know what you're doing but don't have a clue.
Coaches are easy to find these days. Good coaches are harder to find.
These three hangboarding exercises work strength, endurance, and injury prevention, and can be adapted for climbers of all levels.
It seems simple in theory—throw your heel around a hold or feature to use those powerful leg muscles to pull you into the wall—but it’s much more nuanced in practice. Here's how to perfect it.
We’ve gathered experience-driven tips and tricks to create a foolproof recipe for success on pumpy layback pitches.
The author, a V3/V4 climber, tries to break out of a multi-year plateau by signing up for a training program.
“I think we’ve forgotten that in order to be good at climbing, you have to climb.”—Jonathan Siegrist, who is a nicer guy than you or me and climbs harder, too.
Hang onto precious muscle mass through training and diet as you age. Your climbing depends on it.
I asked the old man for advice, and he came through with five tried and true panaceas.
Hangboarding is one of the most sport-specific strength exercises that you can do for climbing, and the benefits translate immediately to the rock. Here's what you need to know to get stronger without getting injured.
Welcome to CLIMBING's 12-month training plan. This eight-phase series will present specific workouts based on the principles of periodization, a proven approach to training that results in peak performance. Each six-week segment will build upon the previous with the end result being a better, stronger climbing machine—you. Now, get started!
"Female climbers are often less confident than their male counterparts, but it’s nurture, not nature. And that’s something we can beat."
Casual cragging is anything but—the law of gravity still applies. Use this four-part checklist to beat complacency and prevent accidents.
Eating the right foods, staying hydrated and active can keep you out of the sick bed and climbing all season long.
Aid climbing is the one sure-fire way to accelerate the trad climbing learning curve
CRACK! The jolt back onto the bolt, into which you are still quickdraw-tethered, stuns you. You only fell two feet, but your neck is stiff and your innards feel like they’ve been kicked by a mule.
The key is to increase your training volume but decrease the difficulty. Here's how to do just that.
In recent years, there has been an uptick in indoor-bouldering injuries among newer climbers. Use these tips to help you boulder safely without getting injured.
This climber was experienced, too. Just shows that you can't be too careful when you climb.
Heidi Wirtz describes how to use stretches to warm up for and recover from a climbing session.
This anchorless belay relied on bodyweight and broke all the rules in the book, including some that weren't even in there.
Gyms are great and all. But you can get just as strong by consciously training during your outdoor sessions.
Violating the rule "never take your brake hand off the rope," is bad enough, but this belayer took it to a whole new level of danger.
After a near-death climbing experience, I was inspired to dig deeper into the psychology of fear and learn about its effect on performance, how it wells up in the first place, and what we can do to deal with it. What I found will take your climbing to the next level—and could save your life.
Not all climbing sessions are equal. Pick the wrong one and you'll waste time and not improve.
Hard climbing brings out the best in people. It also brings out the worst. If (when) things go south, here's how to turn it around.
We climbers love our labels, but figuring out just what type of climber you really are begs defining.
Prepare, Condition and remain consistent with these pull-up training tips from Tom Randall
Kettlebells are among the best supplemental workouts for targeting climbing fitness. They're also convenient and fast.
Here are 23 tips from veteran climbers for going outside. Whether you're new to the scene or a pro, they still apply.
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Maximum strength training teaches your body to do more with what it already has.
You see untold climbing photos nearly every day and most of them suck. The bad news is they're your pics. It doesn't have to be this way. Follow the advice from these five expert climbing photographers and start taking world-class pics you'll be proud to share.
When the lactic acid builds, many climbers abandon these basic principles.
Falling is as integral to climbing as climbing itself, yet it creates fear that you must address correctly—and you must learn proper falling technique in order to fall safely.
It’s easy to train but it’s also easy to over-train. No matter how much you climb, you just can’t seem to get better. Or you have a nagging injury. Or you can’t concentrate and flub beta. Or you’re just plain scared. If this is you, then you need to change what you’re doing.
"Alpine climbing seems like a great way to escape the crowds, but a little intimidating. What’s a good progression?"
Warrior's Way pioneer Arno Ilgner lays out the specifics for why we often fail on a climb, and how to push past the barriers.