Rock climbing is not an easy sport. For a beginner, it can be quite tough and even risky if they do not follow the proper techniques. Here are some rock climbing tips for beginners. Climbing is a complex sport: it’s potentially expensive to get into, difficult to find mentors, and can be dangerous if not done correctly. The easiest and best way to learn the essential skills, which include belaying and tying proper knots, is by taking an introductory course at your local gym.
It’s safe to say that more people now climb indoors than outdoors. It is arguably safer, much more convenient to access, and far more social; for these reasons, the gym is an excellent place to begin climbing. Although many climbers begin in the gym, some learn to climb immediately outside, most commonly with the help of a guide or an instructional course.
Indoor Rock Climbing Tips
Climb with your feet:
This is perhaps the most important – and most overlooked by beginners – technique in rock climbing. Our lower bodies are much stronger than our upper bodies and as much as possible while climbing, you want your weight to be on your feet.
Keep your weight on your skeleton:
When hanging from holds, try to keep your arms straight, rather than flexed and sucked in close to the wall. This way, your muscles have a chance to rest rather than being constantly engaged.
Maintain quiet feet:
Climbers often get scared or hurried, scraping around with their feet and wasting energy to find holds. The next time you go climbing, find a route that is below your limit and attempt to climb it with feet as quiet as possible. Pick a foothold, place your foot on it, and step up, all with the utmost of intention and calm.
Rest when possible:
Resting is perhaps as important as any skill in climbing. On a long route, when a stance presents itself, drop one or both arms and use the opportunity to shake out your muscles and recover.
Engage your core:
Work on building a strong core for balance and stability on the wall. At times, as much as we want it to be involuntary, engaging the core will need to be a very intentional decision.
Have you ever gotten Elvis leg, when you’re scared or tired and your leg won’t stop shaking? This is the result of not enough oxygen in the body. Practice breathing deeply with each move as you climb and as you rest. Breathing is also an essential technique for calming the mind and focusing.
Engage in positive self-talk:
As the saying goes, “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.” There is an enormous mental component to climbing that is essential to acknowledge and grow. Recognize what you’re telling yourself as you climb. If fear is a huge issue for you, learn to identify the facts of your safety. Climbing has an incredible amount of life lessons to teach us if we are willing.
These are some of the best indoor rock climbing tips.