Climbing and bouldering are challenging sports. I love this part, and this is one of the reasons I fell in love. There are tons of guides on the internet on how to warm up before hitting a wall or in a bouldering room. Likewise, many articles explain how to stretch different muscle groups for maximum effect.
How to prepare for another climb? Mental health for sports is essential for any sport.
Here are eight tips for you:
- Eliminate Fear of Failure
- Improve Hip Flexibility
- Brain Workout is the Best Muscle
- Recovering from Workout
- Manage Your Expectations
- Know When Not to Climb
- About Your Weaknesses Be honest
- Finding a Good Climbing Partner
You may know you need to train your weaknesses, but you don’t know precisely how. All of this is good knowledge. But have you ever felt that there was another essential truth to climbing? Is there a fundamental aspect that you are aware of but ignore because most people are unaware of it?
I know they exist, and I have experienced what happens if you forget them many times. This happens most often when I spend a day walking home and know I can do better. But very recently, when I did my best to remember them, it helped them climb a lot.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at ten basic principles that most people want to forget about their daily climbs.
1. Fear of Failure
Fear of failure is the most significant factor that reduces productivity. This isn’t just for climbing; it makes it difficult for many people to succeed at work or personal life. And the worst part is that most of us don’t know about it because, in most cases, this fear is not consciously present. For most people, this is a simple feeling, an unwanted feeling, a mind thought that bothers you “what if.”
Do strangers feel uncomfortable about trying a new wall for the first time? Is it more convenient to climb hidden secret places with friends? Well, I have some news for my friend. If you’re not a chronic anthropomorphic (which I’m aware of), it’s the fear of failure at work.
It works when these emotions arise, and they will freeze you, and you will not be able to get better out of your comfort zoneYou will instead play it safe and stick with what you are already comfortable with.However, taking precautions can prevent growth—no progress in the comfort zone, no new investments, no motivation.
If you want to make progress, you have to dare to do new things. Yes, your comfort zone, the fear of failure at work, seems pleasant. I’m not calling it a comfort zone for no reason. It’s not “good” to just let it go. However, it is essential to allow it occasionally to go for growth.
2. Hip flexibility is the key to success.
Buttocks matter. Shift your center of gravity over your feet and maintain a stable balance. All these “novice” pearls of wisdom are old and have been heard hundreds of times. Times. Of course, they are all correct, but here’s the problem. You’ve probably been climbing for a while, and if you’re having issues with hip flexibility and balance, chances are you’re unaware, at least on average.
That every time I go to the gym or wall, I see dozens of climbers who have been climbing for decades and still ignore the fact that they lack hip flexibility. Naturally, they find it difficult to accurately move their core over their legs when adjusting their center of gravity. And they don’t even realize it.
Typical sign: I am going down a more difficult road, and I am complaining that I get shot in the arms and hands while going on one or two streets, but I don’t know why. Guess it. If you have a lot of hip flexibility and always lift out of balance, your arms will compensate for this.
This becomes visibly evident only when the more flexible climbers climb to the edge of the roof, where they can’t even quickly get past their feet. Sorry. I have severe hip flexibility and need hip and core flexibility to have a good lower body and leg range.
So, spend 10-15 minutes practicing hip flexibility the next time you climb. It also plays a vital role in load transfer during dynamic movement, giving you long-term benefits.
3. Your brain and mind win the game.
Strength and skill are essential tools in the barn. But I see climbers in good shape with good technique and endurance but still going through more challenging routes.
On the other hand, I know of a weak climber who is 100% focused and sends a route that others are unsure about. I call this a mind game. What you can and cannot climb is primarily determined by your inner play. Of course, given that you have a certain amount of power and skill.
Most books advise beginners not to focus on sandboarding and additional training but to go out and climb as much as possible. It’s not only about learning a skill but also developing the inner mindset you need for more challenging climbs.
Body changes after training, not during training. When you apply a potent training stimulus, the body can repair the broken muscle tissue and resist the next time the same stimulus is applied. This is the basic principle of all movements.
But rest and pause are the first things you need to rebuild your body. Default always works. Get enough sleep and rest after exercise. That is, do not exercise or do very light exercise, drink plenty of fluids and eat.
Instead of filling your face with junk food, eat plenty of nutritious foods (enough protein and calories to build muscle) like pasta, lean meats, vegetables, nuts, and fruits.
Focus on raw foods. Your joints and tendons will love it and will minimize the chances of inflammation and chronic pain.
5. Manage Expectations
This is closely related to number 3. It is easier to give up on something difficult if you expect it to be difficult, but if you think it will be easy, you may be surprised at how difficult and less productive it can be.
If you regularly climb 5.10 and try root 5.11, you cannot expect immediate success. So if you fail, don’t be discouraged; ignore it and try again. Give it a little time, and it will work.
6. Find out when to stop at and when not to climb.
It doesn’t matter if you’re overtrained, too tired, or have other plans. There are days and reasons not to participate.
There are times when I feel bad, and like any other outdoor sport, it’s common to listen to your inner voice.
A good day of recovery and relaxation is sometimes better than coercion. How do you know if today is a good day to relax?
7. Be honest about your abilities and skills
You must learn to develop a sense of your body and abilities. It’s an art, and most of the people you meet in everyday life are so disconnected from the primary reasons that you need to tell your step counter, heart rate monitor, and doctor to take a break.
To develop this knowledge, you must go out and practice and gain experience, go out and climb, make mistakes, and learn from them.
Just ask some elite climbers, and they will check it out: Judging your skills and abilities is very important. And be honest. In the end, nothing else will help you.
8. Finding good climbing mates
Most motivation comes from inner play. But it’s nice to have a good friend who guarantees you, helps you, and evaluates your skills. The same goes for bouldering in the gym where you don’t need to be with anyone.
It’s okay for them to bring in some abilities, as good competition can make routing and bouldering a lot more fun.
I’m not saying that every climb should be turned into a competition. But if that’s what you and your friends enjoy – why not?
The Competition brings a new dynamism to climbing because it offers creative ways for multiple people to solve puzzles, find solutions to difficulties, and push each other’s limits. It’s also more fun to celebrate success than to be alone and to ponder with good friends.
Give it a try. Follow these eight tips, and you’ll see the difference. If you want to know more about training and endurance, check out my other articles.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Does bouldering improve climbing?
Bouldering are also a great way to increase overall body strength and core tension. The stronger you are, the more comfortable you will climb – the stretches are easier, allowing you to hit the bottom with a feeling of refreshment, which often leads to a warm-up despite the time spent working out reduced endurance.
Is bouldering good for beginners?
Yes bouldering is good for beginners as it is a strenuous sport and help to build up muscles.
How do you get stronger rock climbing?
To be strong climber, quickly you have to be a hard worker and watch this video to know more about it.
Why rock climbing is the best sport?
It’s an exercise that helps you to have toned abs, forearms, nice biceps, and a toned, strong back. Breath studies have shown that rock climbing is a great exercise due to its aerobic nature. You will breathe a lot during and after. Technique is what you use to come up easier.