Présentation de l'éditeur
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 basic principles of effective physical conditioning and provides the climber with tools for self-assessment and goal-setting. Part II covers general conditioning, including warm-up and flexibility exercises, entry-level strength training, weight-loss tips, and fifteen fabulous core-conditioning exercises. Part III opens up the rich area of climbing-specific exercises, and includes twenty effective exercises to target the all-important muscles of the fingers, arms, and upper torso, with strategies for developing strength, power, and endurance. There is also a chapter devoted to a subject that is overlooked in most exercise books: training the antagonistic muscle groups that are so vital for maintaining muscle balance and lowering the risk of injury. Rounding out Part III is a chapter on stamina conditioning to increase your capacity to climb long days. The final section, Part IV, teaches how to assemble a comprehensive training program. Based on the results of the reader's self-assessment, this section guides the climber in selecting and combining exercises from throughout the book to create a weekly conditioning program. Workout schedules are provided for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ability levels. There are also special tips for youth, women, and over-fifty climbers, and information on performance nutrition, the benefits of taking planned breaks from climbing, and the secrets of reducing the frequency and severity of injuries.
Biographie de l'auteur
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. Horst is the author of Rock Training for Climbing, How to Climb 5.12, and Learning to Climb Indoors, and Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. .