Training on a woody : the benefits of a home climbing wall
Training for climbing is not as straightforward as it may seem. Maybe you haven’t enought time to go to the gym. Or since you have children, your meager budget excluded gym memberships. If you’re on the fence about whether to put in a home climbing wall, aka a woody, let us preach. We’ve noticed five main benefits.
Are you dreaming of a woody ? Of a garage climbing wall at home ? Here are the five main benefits !
1. Training on a woody = Efficiency
It’s not always easy to get to the gym, especially if you’re fighting rush-hour traffic. With a home wall, the training facility is steps away—always. This one might seem like a no-brainer, but the easier it is to bring the training to you, the more likely you are to train.
As you get older and crustier, maybe you’ve noticed yourself timing your gym sessions around when the facilities are emptiest. When you’re time limited, waiting in the lineup or getting caught in social hour will nuke your session. However, this usually means training at 6 a.m. when your muscles are barely firing, much less my brain. With a home wall, you can easily pitch a session whenever. Well, the wall’s always empty because it’s at your house.
3. Warm-up, cool-down, polish-off
On days when you go straight to a local project, bouldering on a home wall then blitzing to the rock while your muscles are warm has yielded huge benefits. It’s also nice to have somewhere to finish off your day, either with cool-down problems or a proper training session. Or to have a handy dojo for when bad weather or a flaky partner cuts your climbing short. Again, the gym can work, though you’re still at the whims of the crowds (see No. 2).