What is the best way to warm up before climbing?

What is the best way to warm up before climbing?

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By Elly Sorrel | Aug 18th 2015 |
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Dave Searle's picture
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Aug 18th 2015
Go for a jog/steep uphill walk, stretch then build up slowly to maximum effort. Works for me!

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Adam Butterworth's picture
Aug 18th 2015
Hi Elly, I find that as long as there's a reasonable walk-in and I build up slowly with some warm-up routes that are well within my onsight grade I don't have too many problems. Of course stretching a little before you start is never a bad idea! If you're having particular trouble with your arms, I know a lot of people who use bicycle tyre inner tubes to stretch out their arms before a climb and that seems to work really well. Hope that helps, Adam

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Amittai Yoav's picture
Aug 21st 2015
Hi Elly, The other comments are true but you should really try to warm up your fingers if you can too. I find that having a quick session on something like a Grip Master is a great, risk free way to get your fingers working before you jump on the rock. They are especially useful if the holds on the warm up route are a bit smaller than you would like. Hope that helps.

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Panu Lehti's picture
Aug 23rd 2015
Well said. One good option would be to carry Metolius Grip Saver on your crag bag for warming up: https://shop.epictv.com/en/fingerboards-training/metolius/grip-saver-plus-2015

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Michelle Webster's picture
Underwater Basket Weaving Champion 2002-2004
Sep 10th 2015
I do jumping jacks with my climbing shoes on - warms up my body and my shoes!

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george_carlyle's picture
Feb 18th 2016
Just a point on jumping jacks. Research has suggested that some people are hampered in sport and in real life ( think of people who march with their right arm and foot moving together) by not being able to cross the midline of their body. You should coordinate eg left arm with right foot, right arm with left foot. Think of soccer players warming up, running sideways and scissor in their legs. Jumping jacks are therefore the worst possible exercise, as they reinforce left arm/left leg and right arm/right leg coordination, just what you don't want. So warm up linking opposite sides.

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