The Absolutely Complete Guide to Rock Climbing Training

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welcome to Escalation training colossus— Bookmark this page and you’ll never have to search for training information again. If you’re serious or mildly interested in training, we’ve got you covered with over 120 articles written by top rock climbing coaches, from trainers Neil Gresham and Steve Bechtel to professional climber Heather Weidner to nutritionist Marisa Michael. Want to increase your power, build your endurance, find the best workout for you? Or maybe you just want to get in shape with general conditioning, or even loosen up so you can reach those footholds. It’s all there and more. Browse, train, improve and above all, be careful and climb.

Use this training program to send your toughest route ever

Be your own workout coach – 10 tips for creating a simple and effective program

The Training Bible: Everything you need for a full year, right here. Phase 1: Conditioning

Never Get Pumped Again | A three-part training series from Steve Bechtel

Training trays suck. Here’s how to crack yours

Learn to Avoid the Pump with Heart Rate Monitor Training

4 Surprising Facts For Female Climbers For Better Training And Harder Sending

Why gymnastic rings and suspension systems are the ideal training tools

Why gymnastic rings and suspension systems are the ideal training tools

Is the Grippūl Two the best finger training device ever?

Training on a board? Better read this.

10 pro workout tips that can help anyone improve

Tired of your workout routine? Crowded climbing gym? Try these alternatives.

How much (and when) should children train?

The latest research-based training information for climbers

A full year of training – This step-by-step weekly plan is all you need to know

Your guide to off-the-wall training

Six ways to increase power without training more

It is a mistake to mix skills and bodybuilding. Here’s why.

Training: perfect pull-ups for climbing strength

Our Top 10 Training Articles of the Year

Workout on the go: Here’s your holiday workout

Russian Ice Climbing Team Training Secrets

What Planks Won’t Teach You: Training for Weird Moves

Select training items for climbing members: get fit after 40, training mistakes, go from 5.9 to 5.10 and more

5 Workout Myths That Are Probably Hurting You

What happens when a 5.9 climber starts training like a pro?

What should you train? This flowchart can tell you

Jonathan Siegrist: How to become stronger? Turn climbing into training

The Complete Guide to Rock Climbing Training, 5 Lessons

Are you wasting your time in power training?

Can’t reach the holds? This Home Workout Program Will Have You Locking In Like A Monster

5 Workout Mistakes You’re Making That You Can Fix Now Without Really Trying

Three tips for training on the road

3 Common Power and Endurance Training Mistakes

Workout Plan: Coat/Press Out/Compression Strength Plus Thin Vertical Strength Program

Training: how to warm up for limited bouldering

Mental training: focus your attention on controlling your mental game

Choose Your Own (Workout) Adventure: 10 Wall Climbing Workouts

Training: developing mental climbing strength

Drive: Rotary wall drives

Training: Improve your heading game

Training: 6 Ways to Make Any Exercise More Climbing Specific

8 pro climbers share their best training tips

Training: 16 climbing games to stay in shape

Training: Advanced conditioning for alpine climbing

Learn This: Mental Training for Climbers

Prepare for battle: Train for off-widths

Technical advice – Training – Banquet for cheaters

4 gripping techniques to get the most out of grips

Case Study: 6 Weeks of Stronger Fingers Worked for Me

Never Get Pumped Again, Part 1: Endurance Is “Fatigue Management”

Never Get Pumped Again, Part 2: The Secret Is… A Block Wall? !

Never Get Pumped Again Part 3: Steve Bechtel’s 6 Foolproof Boulder Wall Workouts

Six Drills professional climbers use to stay relaxed on the wall

Three easy exercises to heal tight wrists and fingers

Better Avoid These 5 Common Cliff Gym Mistakes

Don’t Let Lower Back Pain Put You Down, Do These Simple Exercises Instead

You start losing 25% of your strength at age 25. Here’s what to do about it.

Should I train strength or technique?

Your brain on plastic: a trainer gives mental techniques to go from the gym to the great outdoors

How Much (and When) Should You Really Rest?

How to Maximize Your Home Climbing Wall

Tips from a pro trainer to keep the pump at bay

Three Foolproof Exercises for Super-Human Grip Strength

Putty Up for stronger hands and fingers!

4 Gymnastic Exercises All Climbers Should Do

To get old? Here’s what the coach says to do to keep starting

The critical role of climbing warm-ups and stretches

Will “Getting Swole” help you climb or weigh you down?

Turn weakness into strength – by pumping iron

How to use nutrition as a performance-enhancing drug

Stop bragging about how much you train – science says quality beats quantity

How to practice rock climbing by climbing outdoors

How to hang

What the Science Says: How Long You Should Rest Between Sends

Support weak arms with strong legs. These simple drills will improve your game.

Climb Hard For Multiple Days With This 15-Minute Yoga Routine

All you need to know about college boarding school

How to climb harder without getting stronger… Visualize!

Coach’s tips to avoid ripped shoulders, blown elbows and pinched fingers

Doctor’s orders: keep your fingers happy and healthy

Tap on stream status to climb your best. Sounds absurd? Believe it.

Improve two grades instantly with Coach’s Magic-Bullet tips. Six tips that actually work.

5 ways to get out of your winter climbing slump

Should you train fully crimped?

How Much Should You Really Train? The advice of a pro coach.

How one of America’s top sport climbers nurtures her climbing psyche

Increase your pinch strength and squeeze with ease

How Acro Yoga Helped Me Finally Send 5.13a

3 easy exercises to do every day

Nine tips to keep your stamina up this winter

New year, new you? Beware of lousy climbing trainers.

Six proven exercises to chisel your core

Five yoga-inspired exercises for rock climbers

The essential push-up, why it helps and how to do it (and 12 variations) correctly

Protect your shoulders in just 15 minutes a day

4 Ways to Build Lungs of Steel (Without Running!)

Need more stamina? Use a Hangboard

Five one-hour workouts to fit your hectic schedule

Should you add weight or use smaller grips on a hangboard?

Conditioning for climbers: physical condition and strength are not the same

How Much Should You Train?

Are you ready to start Hangboarding?

10 Rock Climbing Specific TRX Exercises You Should Do Every Week

How and why to train on the Moonboard

7 Ways to (Secretly) Train for Rock Climbing

Need stronger fingers?

4 ways to train smarter in the gym to climb harder outside

10 exercises for a complete climbing core

Short on time ? Try This 45-Minute Circuit Workout Twice A Week

Want to climb for the rest of your life? Be sure to prevent muscle imbalances

How to get stronger by doing nothing for 5 minutes a day

Lack of power ? This is how to moonboard

Tired of stagnating? Here are 5 Pro-Tips that will crack your board

Learn to train for rock climbing: improve your rock climbing technique

Learn to Train for Rock Climbing: The Proven Way to Stronger Fingers

Learn to train for rock climbing: increase your power

Learn to Train: Local Endurance for Climbers

More power! A woman’s guide to bouldering strength

Virginia F. Goins