To succeed at climbing you need to be at the top of your game. These three exercises will build your strength and endurance.

Kettlebell Figure Of Eight

Kettlebell Figure Of Eight

This exercise will challenge your whole body.

  • Keeping your feet shoulder-width apart, move a kettlebell around your right leg with your hands, then pass it around your left leg in a figure of eight pattern.
  • As you do this, take care not to hit your legs with the kettlebell and make sure you have your back bent with your head held up.
  • You should feel your upper arms and lower back taking most of the strain, along with your abdominal muscles.
  • Repeat up to 20 times, depending on the weight of the kettlebell.

Wheelbarrow Walk

Wheelbarrow Walk

This is a great all round exercise, with particular concentration on your arms and shoulders.

  • With a partner holding you up by your ankles, perform a wheelbarrow walk using your hands to move along the floor.
  • Make sure your legs and body are as straight as possible whilst performing this exercise.
  • As you ‘walk,’ keep your head held high and look straight ahead, being careful not to dip your body as you move.

Hanging Leg Lift

Hanging Leg Lift

Arm strength is all-important in rock climbing, and this exercise tests your ability to support your body weight. 

  • Begin by holding onto a pull-up bar with your shoulder blades squeezed tightly together.
  • Slowly raise your legs up so they are facing straight out in front of you.
  • Try to resist the temptation to bend your arms or swing as you do this.
  • Hold for five seconds before lowering yourself back down again.

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