Conditioning for Climbers: The Complete Exercise Guide

Conditioning for Climbers: The Complete Exercise Guide

Paperback Falcon Guides How to Climb

By (author) Eric J. Horst

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  • Publisher: Falcon Guides
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 234mm x 15mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Guilford, CT
  • ISBN 10: 0762742283
  • ISBN 13: 9780762742288
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Illustrations note: 167 colour photos, 29 charts
  • Sales rank: 48,943

Product description

The only conditioning book a rock climber needs! Rock climbing is one of the most physically challenging sports, testing strength, endurance, flexibility, and stamina. Good climbers have to build and maintain each of these assets. This is the first-ever book to provide climbers of all ages and experience with the knowledge and tools to design and follow a comprehensive, personalized exercise program. Part One covers the basics of physical conditioning and goal-setting. Part Two takes readers through warm-up and flexibility routines, entry-level strength training, weight loss tips, and fifteen core-conditioning exercises. Part Three details climbing-specific conditioning, with twenty exercises to target specific muscles of the fingers, arms and upper torso to develop power and endurance. An entire chapter focuses on the antagonist muscle groups that help provide balance and stability, and prevent muscle injury. This section also has a chapter devoted to stamina conditioning, increasing the climber's endurance at high altitudes. Part Four shows how to put together a customized training program to suit the climber's needs. The book includes workout sheets for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced skill levels, tips for children and those over age fifty, secrets of good nutrition and an insider's take on avoiding injuries. Eric Horst is a performance coach who has helped thousands of climbers. His published works include Learning to Climb Indoors, Training for Climbing, and How to Climb 5.12. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Eric Horst has been climbing for over thirty years. He is a performance coach who has helped thousands of climbers improve their performance through his books, magazine articles, seminars, and Web sites. He is the author of Training for Climbing, How to Climb 5.12, Learning to Climb Indoors, and Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. He lives with his wife Lisa Ann and their two sons, Cameron and Jonathan, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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Rock climbing is one of the most physically challenging sports, testing strength, flexibility, and stamina. To improve in the sport, climbers must build and maintain each of these assets. Conditioning for Climbers is the first book to help climbers of all ages and experience design and follow their own comprehensive, personalized exercise program.Part I covers the basics of physical conditioning, including tools for self assessment and goal-setting. Part II takes readers through warm-up and flexibility routines, entry-level strength training, weight-loss tips, and core-conditioning exercises. Part III covers climbing-specific conditioning, including exercises that develop power, endurance, balance, and stability. Part IV shows how to put together a customized conditioning program for bouldering, sport, and multi-pitch climbing. Also inside: Principles of effective conditioning Eight self-assessment tests Flexibility and core-conditioning exercises Climbing-specific exercises for fingers, arms, and upper torso Sample workout schedules forbeginner, intermediate, and advanced climbers Twelve-month training tracker Basics of performance nutrition Insider s take on avoiding injury Powerful rest and recovery strategies"