Improve Your Climbing Using GymnasticBodies Strength and Mobility
The GymnasticBodies Online Courses are an easy and effective way to start addressing imbalances commonly developed by rock climbers by improving joint and connective tissue health. The added benefit? You’ll also gain an unstoppable core and upper body strength through the use of our bodyweight training method. The complete physical preparation that Gymnastic Strength TrainingTM provides is sure to improve how you perform on the rock.
GSTTM and rock climbing are a perfect match as the demands of both sports require a functional body capable of producing and controlling incredible strength and power through complex movements. Climbers and gymnasts are both well known for their mastery of movement and remarkable physiques. It’s no wonder some of the best rock climbers have come from a gymnastics background. John Gill, who many consider to be the father of modern bouldering, credits his inspiration and incredible climbing strength to his gymnastics background.
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Rock Climbing and Gymnastics Preparation
Proper physical preparation should be addressed first in any sport to prevent injury and ultimately increase performance. In both rock climbing and gymnastics, a high level of strength and skill are required. Coach Christopher Sommer’s philosophy is to first build the physical structure capable of handling the pressures and demands of gymnastics. This is why his athletes have been so accomplished. Once the proper physical preparation is complete, skills can be introduced and appropriately layered into training. Using this method, the athlete’s response will be spectacularly enhanced. Considering that climbing is highly skill and technique dependent, applying this philosophy to your climbing training is sure to boost your performance. The GB Online Courses will safely develop your basic strength and mobility, making you a stronger athlete capable of moving through greater ranges of motion.
Climb Better using Gymnastics Strength
The GB Foundation Courses focus heavily on developing basic strength which seamlessly transfers to your rock climbing performance. Two components of the Foundation Series that transfer especially well to rock climbing are the upper body and core exercises; also known as front lever and legless rope climb progressions.
The front lever is a complete upper body strength exercise that should be a staple in any climber’s training program. Through front lever training, you will target your core and lats in a way no other exercise can, calling upon your straight arm strength. You’ll also improve mobility in your upper back thereby reducing risk of injury while targeting common weak links like the triceps.
Rope climb training will obviously build strength for climbing. It’s known that many climbers can easily perform legless rope climbs. The riches lie in the progressions for this skill. Patient development and mastery of each of these progressions will result in tremendous gains of rock climbing strength. One such instance of well developed pulling strength and lat mobility is the TOPs Pull (video below) which exemplifies a well prepared back, shoulders, and elbows.
GB Athlete Demonstrating an Intermediate Pull-up Progression from the GB Foundation Series
Handstands for Climbers Forearm and Wrist Prep
The progressions in the GB Handstand Courses are full of exercises designed to protect and prepare your wrists and forearms for the demands of training. Because climbers must have strong, balanced forearms and wrists, the handstand progressions provided in the GymnasticBodies Freestanding Handstand Course are a perfect way to add some joint prehab into your training regimen.
Climbers are always flexing their wrists, which often creates large imbalances in the forearm. Handstand training is a healthy and fun way to spend some time extending your wrists which will strengthen your forearm extensors and prevent nagging elbow and wrist injuries common to rock climbers.
- Include Foundation and Handstand progressions into your rock climbing training regimen and you will be sure to see improvements in your climbing abilities.
- The GymnasticBodies Online Courses are filled with progressions that will protect you from injury, increase your strength and range of motion, and correct imbalances.
- Patiently working through all the GB progressions will prepare you for more advanced exercises like the front lever and legless rope climb which will improve how you move on the climbing wall.
Gymnastics Strength Training and rock climbing proves to help you consistently climb with greater strength and control, whether you’re going big in the mountains or pulling hard on the boulders.