Exercises That Will Make You a Better Rock Climber – Week 2 The Plank

Following last weeks initial Blog on exercises that will make you a better climber we now follow on to the Plank a good exercise for Core Strength and balance on a wall or Rock formation

The Plank

Purpose: Core strength

Targets: Balance, positioning and movement on the wall

Your arms are important while rock climbing but without a strong core you’ll find it difficult to tackle anything but the easiest routes.

Core muscles are used almost constantly while you’re climbing and are especially useful when you’re taking on overhangs with precarious climbing holds or routes that require good balance. Strong core muscles compliment nearly every other body movement, making it easier for muscles in other parts of the body to do their job too.

When it comes to core workouts most people go straight for the sit up. This is an ok starting point for your core and abdominal work outs but there are lots of other exercises that develop your core more efficiently, among these alternatives is the punishing move known as a plank.

Technique: Not to be confused with planking, a plank is an isometric exercise which strengthens your shoulders, abdominal muscles and back.

To perform a plank, get down in the press up position but rest your weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Level your body so that it forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders and tighten you stomach, pulling your belly button back towards your spine. Once you feel stable, hold this position for 20 seconds, then repeat the exercise 3-5 times.