There’s a lot of training information out there. We’re fully guilty of adding to it.
Having all this information is great, but it can be hard to know how to put it all together into effective workouts and more importantly into effective long-term training programs.
However, we feel there are two things that should be kept in mind above everything else when designing workouts and a training program. First, climbing is a skill sport. Second, strength is the fundamental attribute on which all rock climbing relies. This means all successful training programs need to prioritize both skill development and strength building.
Integrated Strength and Skill Practice
There are lots of different ways to meet these criteria. Today, we want to share two videos from our friends at Butora and Gnarly Nutrition that showcase two different workouts that have integrated strength components following deliberate skill practice sessions. We feel these videos are shining examples of how to prioritize skill first followed by strength.
Additionally, these videos are accompanied by an article by coach Bradley Hilbert. In it, he explains the goals of these workouts, the theory behind crosstraining for climbing, and how we can integrate better nutritional practices to help us get the most out of our training.
“Climbing is changing, and cross-training is coming into it in the same way it has come into every other major sport. You can choose to sit around salty, complaining about tiny fingers and strength to weight ratio, or you can integrate some strength training into your climbing and increase your strength to weight ratio.” – Bradley Hilbert
Integrated Strength Workout Videos
Here’s a quick teaser to give you an idea what these workouts are all about.
To download the full videos for yourself click the graphic below! These videos outline complete workouts, one session for bouldering and one for route climbing, so there’s no guesswork on your end. All you need to do is download the videos and you can add them to your training immediately.
Additionally, don’t forget to click through below to read coach Bradley Hilbert’s thoughts on why these workouts are so effective and how we can better fuel our bodies to maximize our gains from them.
(video still courtesy of butorausa.com)
Other Articles You Might Like:
- Climb Strong: Variations on Integrated Strength
- TBP 080 :: Steve Bechtel on How to Create Your Own Training Plan
- Skill Acquisition and Technique
- Gnarly Nutrition: Why Climbers Should be Using BCAAs