Your muscles fight gravity while your brain solves the puzzle to reach the top of
The muscles that close your fingers allowing you to grip the rock. They
are connected to the fingers via tendons running through the wrist.
“Biceps” help to flex your arm, pulling you closer to the wall.
"Lats" help provide a rowing motion to pull into the wall.
“Abs” help to stabilize and maintain strenuous positions as well as
to keep pressure on your feet.
Soleus and Gastrocnemius
“Calves” are the set of muscles that are active when raised up on your
toes, which is most of the time spent on the wall.
Use Your Legs
Leg muscles are the biggest, strongest muscles in your body; they can exert much
more force than your arms. If you find yourself stuck on a climb look down and try to figure out a way to
move your feet up first.
Hang Off Your Bones
It is difficult to hang for long periods of time with your arms bent because
your muscles are engaged. To conserve energy, straighten your arms and rely
on your skeleton to hold your weight.
Take a Break
The tight, burning sensation (“muscle pump”) that you feel when your forearms
are fatigued is a result of lactic acid buildup and restricted blood flow.
Grip strength exercises and improving technique can reduce the onset of forearm
Master the Art of Falling
Falling is an inevitable part of climbing. When you fall: look down to spot your
landing, breathe out to help relax your body, and keep your arms and legs
slightly bent to absorb any impact. Practice can help you overcome fear and
make you safer at falling. You’ll be able to climb more freely without worrying