Climbing General

“I can’t climb, I’m not ______ enough.”

Stop.

Before you insert whatever adjective you may decide to put in that blank, listen. The excuses we come up with to put ourselves down or to distance ourselves from our goals are very often just obstacles we create in our heads. “I’m not strong enough” for many people often translates to, “I don’t want to look weak in front of others.” Everyone has to start somewhere and that is one of the first things people need to concur. I started bouldering as a struggling V0 climber. Continue reading ““I can’t climb, I’m not ______ enough.””

Climbing General

Warning Signs

Once in awhile our bodies will give us warning signs of potential injury or future danger that are often over looked or ignored. Human physiology has gotten particularly good at alerting us when we need to pay more attention to what is not working correctly. Such as a sore elbow or a stiff neck. The tricky part is deciphering these “body codes” and figuring out what they actually mean. Let us go over a couple related to climbing that are not too uncommon. Continue reading “Warning Signs”

Climbing General

Do you Breathe?

One of the first things that you will hear when you are learning how to climb is that you need to focus on your breathing. Grip strength, raw muscle and technique are all very important aspects of climbing, but if you do not have proper breathing when climbing, all of those skills do not matter. You could be a #1 ranked national bouldering champion, but if that champion stops Continue reading “Do you Breathe?”