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Rock Climbing Essentials
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So you want to be a rock superstar? This thorough course from Rock Climb Tips covers proper equipment, warm up exercises, basic to advanced techniques, and even a recipe—all necessities for becoming a rock climbing master. From choosing the right rock climbing shoes and harness to executing sweet dynos and planning for advanced routes, the guys at Rock Climb Tips have your back (or, your rope). Whether you’re into bouldering, top roping, sport climbing, or lead climbing, learn something new with this course!
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COURSE: Advanced Climbing Techniques

Rock climbing may seem like a pretty straightforward sport, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Learn about the Peak Climbing Method and how it can help you become a better climber, able to climb for longer distances and tackle more difficult walls. This method highlights ways to increase your climbing performance as well as common mistakes to avoid. Using the Peak Method, you can learn what it takes other climbers years to figure out, in just three short months.


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Before you go out for a rock climb, your muscles need a bit of a stretch and your blood should be flowing. In this lesson, learn how to warm up and increase your flexibility with a yoga sequence. This is especially useful for rock climbers who need the warm up to help prevent injury, and the flexibility to get to those hard to reach holds.


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Looking for tricks to increase your energy while on the climbing wall? Check out this video for demonstrations of proper breathing technique for rock climbing. Maximize your endurance during a climb, conserve your energy, and allow for proper circulation. Learn to inhale before a movement and exhale during your move for the ability to handle more climbs and longer routes! Practice breathing technique consistently until it’s habit: inhale, exhale, and keep climbing.


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Come at rock climbing from the right angle! This lesson from Rock Climb Tips introduces directional loading, which allows you to maximize your reach and maintain your center of gravity even when facing tricky holds. Explore perpendicular holds, which can increase strength and stability and relieve pressure on your joints and wrists. Hear about the layback, see how and when to swing your body, and learn how to position your body for good balance.


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Want to extend your grasp of rock climbing? Try a heel hook! This lesson from RockClimbTips.com teaches you how to use a heel hook and explains the move's benefits. A heel hook can extend your reach to let you to grab more distant holds, change position easily, allow your calf muscles support your body weight, and conserve your energy to make your climbing more efficient.


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For rock climbers, knowing when and how to edge, and in what shoes, is critical. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, you’ll learn the difference between aggressive and flat shoes, and when it is advantageous to use both. Then, learn the secret to knowing when to with the side of your foot vs. your toes (hint: it has to do with comfort, and body positioning). Finally, learn why being able to pivot on your toes is essential to climbing comfortably and safely.


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Rock climbing can easily wear out your muscles and exhaust your energy; rock climbing on overhangs will do the same things, only faster, and with more risk involved. So, learn a technique that will help you climb safer and more efficiently, especially on the overhangs. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, the drop knee technique is demonstrated (both proper and improper techniques). Learn how to twist your hips and move your legs, in order to keep your feet firmly attached to the wall.


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Overhangs are not only difficult to climb, but can deplete your energy if attempted incorrectly—but that doesn't have to be the case. When climbing overhangs, your shoes are your most important piece of gear. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, Mike first explains that aggressive shoes can make a huge difference in your climbing, since their natural arch allows you to hook into the wall more than flat shoes do. Finally, learn about efficient footwork that will help you conserve energy.


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Rock climbing isn’t so much about strength and speed as it is about planning and technique. Check out this lesson for tips on choosing holds and solving problems on the wall. Learn to map out your routes for more control, balance, and energy. A few seconds of planning could save tiring moments on the wall. Climb with a plan in mind!


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If you love rock climbing and feel ready for more advanced routes, this lesson is for you. To equip you for more advanced climbs, this lesson provides a few aspects to consider when planning advanced routes. You’ll learn that the route you choose forces hand placement; because of this, there are right and wrong ways to climb advanced routes. Watch as the teacher demonstrates correct and incorrect climbing, and learn how to plan a route that includes comfortable holds for breaks.


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Sometimes in life you have to take risks—a step in the dark, or a jump for a hold you can’t quite reach. In rock climbing, these moves are called “dynos,” or dynamic executions. While dynos look awesome, they can also be very dangerous. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, you’ll learn not only when you should attempt a dyno, but also how to execute one (and remember, the power of positive thinking goes a long way). Finally, learn how to recover from a failed dyno and fall safely.


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Here’s a rock climbing tip for the kitchen: find out how to cook a power meal for before and after your climbs! This recipe is low in fat and sugars and high in protein. It involves a lean meat, your favorite vegetables, beans, and a sweet or spicy sauce. This filling meal takes less than 20 minutes to make and will make you stronger for your next climb.


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