Static Climbing Tips

Static Climbing Tips
Whether you climb indoors in a gym with a well-designed climbing wall, or you prefer the outdoors and like to match your climbing abilities against a weathered rock face, the odds are good that you are dynamic climber first and a static climber second. Yet, static climbing is actually perfectly complementary to dynamic climbing. As a matter of fact, you may credit static climbing techniques with allowing you to build the stamina, strength and muscle control necessary to pull off a lot of dynamic climbing feats.

Think Through the Movements Before You Make Them

Plan your static climbing moves before you actually make them. Sometimes you will make up to three or four static climbing moves before you once again make a dynamic move, and therefore you need to map out ahead of time where you want to end up, before you even get started. Visualization is a good technique for thinking through each move before you get started.

Make the Move

Move your hands or feet into position. The main difference between a static and a dynamic move is the shifting of the body weight. Shift your body weight after you have placed your hands and/or feet in place. A typical move requires you to have a firm foothold or hand grip before you actually move the rest of the body and the remaining limbs. Unlike dynamic climbing, you do not rely on the momentum of the movement to actually give you lift or reach.

Remember the Four Point Rule

Plan each aspect of your static climbing move by following the four point rule: Each hand and each foot is one point in the equation. Make a conscious effort to plan where you will place your hand or foot. Next, make the movement, but do not allow your body to follow. Only when you are satisfied that the footing is solid and the grip is manageable should you let the body move over. Last, complete the static climbing move by also shifting the other extremities.

Once the movement is finished, take a very short break to evaluate your move. Ask yourself if you followed the four point rule, or if you rushed it when you noticed that the footing appeared to be clear. A properly executed static climbing move may be fluent, but it is also markedly precise in its execution. If there is a weak point in your move, identify it by point number, and then repeat the move, paying special attention to the problem point. This is one of the most overlooked climbing tips by climbers so intent on reaching the top rather than enjoying the way there.

Notice the Muscles Involved in Static Climbing

Pay attention to the feel of your muscles as you engage in static climbing. Since this is a slower movement than a dynamic climbing action, you will be able to tell exactly which muscles you are favoring. It is a good idea to exercise these muscles in the gym during daily workouts. This helps you with building strength and also endurance, which are key components of undertaking more daring and extensive climbing adventures.

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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