How To Write a Climbing Training Program in 3 Steps
Not all climbers are able to have a climbing training program written for them by a coach. Whether it’s for budget reasons or because they prefer to self-coach themselves along their climbing journey. This guide will help you create an effective and realistic training plan at home.
How To Write a Climbing Training Program in 3 Steps ? Relax, because we are going to take you through a 3-step process for writing your own climbing training program!
Whether you’re a sport climber, trad climber, a boulderer or a mix of them all, these methods will help you decide on your strategy for the year or season. Ultimately, the goal is to make more efficient improvements in strength, fitness or any other aspect of your climbing.
Success is built around three key considerations. The first is working out your “before and after” measurements, or performance metrics. Second is the timescale of the plan including priorities. Lastly is the structuring of your training and selection of individual sessions that work with your schedule and the facilities you have available!
How To Write a Climbing Training Program in 3 Steps : Some important considerations before you start
- Fingers: Without a doubt, this is the area of the body where we see the most injuries across all disciplines. This means that it’s the one you’ve got to pay the most attention to! Most issues occur when climbers step up the loading of their plan too much, too quickly. Keep reminding yourself to train like a tortoise and not a hare!
- Too much of the same thing: We all do it, because it feels good. We get into a preferred niche style of climbing or training and then constantly hammer it, such as climbing on a Moonboard for 9 out of 10 sessions. Do not do this. Keep it broad and maintain variety— your performance depends on it.
- Plan realism: Can you actually follow your plan? We watch climbers every year create brilliant plans, but they’re just not realistic on multiple fronts. You can only follow a plan if it’s completely realistic in the long term and won’t be sabotaged the first week.
- Motivation: Not all training is easy, in fact it’s exactly the opposite! Be careful to make plans for your sessions that are motivating to follow. If you don’t, it’s highly likely you’ll lose your psych within the first month or so.