Training climbers in their 50s, 60s and 70s is something that we’ve done for many years at Lattice. Lots of climbers in this bracket are concerned that “the rules” don’t apply to them, that seem to work for younger climbers and also that gains in strength and fitness are not possible. What we’ve seen, is that it is just a few simple changes in training habit that can make massive differences in training adaptation and whilst they might not always be the easiest or most appealing to do, they do deliver results.

In this video from the archives (yes we, know…. we’ll get that Part 2 for “Home Lock Down” out soon) we have Ollie and Tom answering a few of the most popular and pressing concerns facing older climbers. We’ve also been asked a number of times “does this not apply to me as I’m 48” – the answer is, that everything sits on a sliding scale… be sensible and do look at some of the options discussed. They may well make a big difference if you can sort them out!

Q1: Can you still improve in your 60s and 70s? This also applies to the 50s obviously!

Q2: What issues and injuries do you see most often with older climbers?

Q3: Quantity vs quality

Q4: Can you fingerboard more than once a week if you’re over 50?