How to Dyno

How to Dyno
In rock climbing, a dynamic move, or "dyno" for short, is one in which the climber launches up to a hold that is out of normal climbing reach. Dynos are common in bouldering and are also useful for getting past the crux, or the hardest part, of a climb. In a dyno, you propel yourself upwards using your feet and extend your hands to grab onto the hold. Dynos require some strength and are best practiced at an indoor climbing gym in a controlled environment.


Difficulty: Challenging

Step 1
Place a crash pad beneath you. Keep in mind that if you fall short of your target, you may fall some distance away from the wall, so place the crash pad appropriately.
Step 2
Make sure the hold you are aiming for is large enough and easy to grab onto. In a climbing gym, routes set for dynos will usually feature a large jug or other hold that is easy to grab with one hand.
Step 3
Place your feet on secure foot holds. You want them as high as possible, but you also want to make sure you're in a position that will allow you to crouch down and spring up.
Step 4
With your arms straight, crouch down as low as you can. Keep your hips in towards the wall and your weight on your feet.
Step 5
You may take a few practice thrusts if you like, but don't pump too much or you could risk wearing out your arms
Step 6
Using your legs, thrust upwards towards your target. Most of the power will come from your legs. Use your arms to direct your motion and keep you in close to the wall.
Step 7
As soon as you leave the wall, extend your arms as far you can towards your target. If possible, use both hands to secure the hold and hold on tight.
Step 8
Place your feet on holds to stabilize yourself on the wall.

Tips & Warnings

Be sure to look at your target as you launch. Practice making the move with control and extending your body fully.

Article Written By Karen Eisenbraun

Karen Eisenbraun has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Knox College and has been writing professionally since 2004. She is the editor of a weight-loss surgery support website and is currently studying to become a certified holistic nutrition consultant.

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