Training Tips for Climbers: Eliminates, Execution Practise & Projecting
A lot of us get to the stage where we’ve done all the climbs we feel we can at the wall and psyche is running low for a siege on the really hard stuff. But there are a few ways we can squeeze a bit more out of the climbs we’ve already been on loads.
1 – Eliminates
This is one of my favourites. Eliminating holds on easy climbs can make for some really fun dynamic moves. A good challenge can be to see how many holds you can eliminate on one climb. Mix up the terrain for this. It’s just as fun jumping between big holds on a steeper wall as it is balancing across a slab no hands (promise ;)) It also means you’re getting more movement variety into your session.
Another option is to eliminate a key hold on a problem a little closer to your limit. This can change up the climb completely and mean you may need to get pretty creative with your sequence.
2 – Execution Practice
This can be a daunting one. It’s hard to revisit climbs we’ve previously sacrificed hours of our time to complete. But getting back on climbs we found challenging and aiming to flash them or limiting yourself to a handful of goes can be a great way to make us focus on movement and concentration as well as practising climbing under pressure.
3 – Projecting the Hard Stuff
Working climbs that don’t feel possible for us is tough! But it’s good to do from time to time. It can make us try really hard and help us break into that next grade. A good way to approach a projecting session is to focus on 1 or 2 climbs only for the session. Set a timer for 20-30 minutes so you actually stick with the climb and give yourself a chance of progressing. Don’t feel you have to start the climbs from the ground every time, work each move, add extra footholds if needed to get a feel for the body positions and make sure you try really hard!