Climbing is a fantastic hobby that can massively improve your grip, core strength, and ability to remain cool and calm under immense pressure. For some people, climbing morphs from a part-time hobby into a full-time professional passion. Those that make it professional find a way to earn a living by winning climbing contests, instructing others, or producing viral content or climbing equipment for public consumption.
Right now, however, the coronavirus-induced lockdown has prevented many climbers from heading to their usual hangouts (no pun intended). Luckily, you can remain fit during lockdown by reviewing these climbing training tips.
Know which exercises to depend upon
You may not be able to head to the local climbing wall that you’ve come to know and love over the years, but that doesn’t mean that you should quit exercising entirely. Indeed, virtually all climbers need to maintain their physical fitness during these trying times, if only because your physical wellbeing is closely linked to your mental health. Social distancing and the society-wide lockdown will eventually end, and you’ll want to be in good shape to return to your usual climbing routine when that occurs.
To do that, know which exercises to depend upon. You’ll obviously want to focus on bolstering your core strength, but grip exercises and upper body workout routines will be of the utmost importance, too. There are legal guides that help you determine whether or not you can go out climbing during lockdown, but it is highly advisable that you maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible. This means avoiding public climbing events, public climbing walls, and hangouts with other climbing enthusiasts, as stressful and annoying as this may be.
For now, focus on staying at home. A list of 19 rock climbing workouts that can be mastered from home can help you stay in shape while you wait for your favorite climbing venues to open back up. Don’t let your upper body strength falter, as doing so could seriously diminish the immense climbing progress you’ve made recently. It goes without saying that pull ups can be easily accomplished from home, but other exercises like biceps curls should also be remembered. Consider a vertical jump program, regular running routine, and other exercise measures to stay in shape, too.
Learn how to DIY
Sick and tired of waiting for things to open back up? You can take things into your own hands and create climbing equipment for use at home. According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, for instance, one father recently decided to create a DIY climbing wall for his children set up on his staircase. This kind of innovation will be copied by climbing enthusiasts everywhere who simply can’t wait to start hanging again.
Some elite athletes have even shown the rest of us that furniture, walls, and stairs can be used in their normal form for climbing purposes. Exercise immense caution when doing this, however, and know that damage to your property or person could ensue if you embark haphazardly on this endeavor.
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