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Avoid Injury with a Proper Warm-Up

April 1, 2009

Competition climber Sean McColl has posted a blog about how he warms up before climbing. While you may not climb competitions, the advice he gives is nonetheless relevant.

His warm-up is extensive and time consuming so I would suggest shortening it if you climb for fun like me.

My 75 minute warm up starts with 5 minutes of cardio.  You can do anything, jump up and down, go for a run, jump rope, anything to get your heart going.  For the first 10-15 minutes, if your feet are cold just wear your street shoes, if not put on your climbing shoes, do easy moves on big holds.

For another take on warming up, check out The British Mountaineering Council. They stress the importance of elevating your core temperature with aerobic activity.

An effective warm up is essential for climbing: you will climb better and are less likely to sustain an injury. With no warm up, performance is compromised, fatigue comes quickly, and injuries are more likely. All together: Not Good!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. David L permalink
    April 1, 2009 9:54 pm

    Sweet, its the Target wall! you’re officially really into this now that you have a blog =O

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