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5 Shoulder Strengthening Exercises to Add to your Fitness Routine

By: Miguel

Your shoulders are a key component climbing, but most of us rarely spend much time stabilizing or strengthening them. We’ve got five shoulder exercises that will help you stabilize the muscles surrounding your shoulder and strengthen your shoulders to help you make powerful movements.

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Rest day activities for goal-oriented climbers

By: Earth Treks Climbing + Fitness

You may think that it's an odd thing for a climbing gym to urge people to rest, but we stand by it!  Although we should clarify that when we say 'rest day' activities, we don't mean binging netflix for hours on end (although a little indulgence never hurt anyone 😊). As humans, we are made to move and move a lot in the context of walking. It is primarily what we were made to do and has profound effects on our well being. Movement is medicine, literally. 

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Training for Climbing | Fitness and Yoga

Key hip strengthening exercises for every climber

By: Katelyn Grue

Fun fact: some of the largest muscles in your entire body surround the hip, which means your hips can produce quite a bit of power and force! You use your hips a lot to go up and down steps, to walk, to run, and to jump. In climbing, hip strength and stability help you step up onto really high footholds. Your hips also allow you to generate power for a jump motion, say for a dynamic move. They’re also incredibly important for helping to keep your trunk or pelvis closer to the wall when you're climbing on steep terrain on overhanging routes.

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We asked: What makes a climbing partner great -- here's what you told us

By: Earth Treks Climbing + Fitness

Climbing partners can be a hard thing to come by (looking for tips on finding your next, best partner?). So once you find your best crushing partner, it’s smart to show your partner(s) you are truly grateful for them.

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Rock Climbing | Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

How to learn to trust tiny feet when climbing

By: Janet Hirsch

One of the things we hear from those in our Introduction to Technique classes is how much people dread small footholds. You know the ones--the little, teensy, weensy specks on the wall that you tap, tap, tap with your foot in an effort to will your toes to trust them. We've all been there and that's why we're going to look at how you (yes you!) can learn how to trust your feet on even the most microscopic footholds.

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Learn how to grip slopers with confidence

By: Jack Simonson

We recently asked you what kinds of things really spook you on a route and the most popular response we got? SLOPERS. And trust us, we get it. That’s why we’re here to go over what you need to know to move slopers from most feared feature to something you can climb on with confidence! 😊

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How to find your next go-to climbing partner

By: Amy Verret

One of the biggest cruxes in climbing can be finding a climbing partner or two to climb with regularly. We've got some tips to help you make new friends and lifelong climbing partners.

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What is a dyno and how to do one successfully

By: Avi Bloomstein

Okay, I’ll say it; shorter climbers are, inherently, better at dynamic climbing than taller climbers. Sure, this is a gross oversimplification to provide for an exciting click-bait-y first sentence, but it also has some base in fact. Longer limbs require more work to generate a dynamic movement.  So, while shorter climbers (I’m 5’3”) can sometimes be limited in what we can reach statically, they have a pretty sizable advantage in their mobility. The key is how we learn to use dynamic movement and that is a skillset that is helpful for climbers of all sizes! So – here are 4 principals to look at when you are moving your body up the wall dynamically.   Make sure you're pushing and flagging

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Climbing holds just out of reach? Learn how to stretch every last inch

By: Lauren Demeis-Ortiz

Having trouble reaching the next hold?  I know that feeling. As a youth climbing coach and a human with height and wingspan under 5 feet, that's a situation I encounter on a regular basis.  Over the years, I've gathered some approaches to stretch out every inch of a climber's (and my own) reach.   

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How to use common climbing holds

By: Earth Treks Climbing + Fitness

One of the most basic climbing techniques we teach in our intro classes is learning how to use the holds given to you by our phenomenal routesetters. You could be the strongest climber in the gym, but if you grab an undercling incorrectly, you’ll likely come off the wall.  Let’s examine some common holds you’ll find in our gym and how to use them.  

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