3 Rock Climbing Techniques – How to Visualize?

Why do you need to visualize  before you climb the rock?

Rock climbing is as much a mental sport as it is physically. Visualization is of the most important rock climbing techniques to master as well as physical conditioning. Advanced climbers will preview and read the route, and then visualize themselves climbing it before even touching the first hold. Jumping onto a route without planning ahead is just setting yourself up for failure. Remember the 5-P rule: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. This age-old rule applies to everything in life, not just climbing.

Before you climb

Before you climb, you should visualize your proposed plan of sequences along the way. They don’t need to be right, you just need to have a plan in place. You will undoubtedly need to make changes in your plan when you’re on the route, but having a plan in place is the first step. Envision your body position, hand grip, weight distribution, balance and hand/foot placement every step of the way. You will get better with experience as you get a feel for the different types of moves and sequences. Have alternative routes and sequences in mind. You may run into unforeseen obstacles and need to change it up.

Find a good spot

Be a judge of your own endurance. Find a good spot to rest and shake out. This will save yo time and your muscle strength for when you need it.

Find the crux

Here is the crucial tip: find the crux (the most challenging sequence of the route) and focus on how you will complete it – how you will grip the hold, where your feet are placed, the position of your arms, where your center of gravity is, the distance between you and the wall. Make a mental note of all these aspects. After that, work backwards down the route.

Plan ahead so when you reach the crux, your hands and feet will already be in the correct position. This is key – if you are incorrectly positioned, the crux sequence will be much harder than is already is. Set yourself up for success.

Develop a habit for this rock climbing technique. Visualization is an important technique to master. The climber who develops this ability will save energy and be able to climb harder and longer than another climber with equal ability

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