Here are some tips to aid climbing
Work to avoid injuries:
Get adequate rest between climbs.
Decrease training if in pain.
Take measures to avoid acute inflammation.
Restore flexibility and movement.
Tape and splint joints as recommended by a health professional.
Strength and flexibility training:
Do easier routes and larger holds early in climbing season.
Do a variety of exercises at each session as opposed to doing one specific activity.
Avoid over training. Repetitive training can lead to micro-trauma, which can result in a chronic injury.
Progressively increase intensity, duration and frequency of training.
Heekin?s recommended exercises:
Place a rubber band around the fingers below the last joint and spread the fingers apart.
Use a ?Gripmaster,? which has springs on individual pads that are squeezed for strength building.
Use a hang board, which is a tool specific to rock climbing training that is like a chinning bar, but with a variety of holds on it that simulate several different types of climbing holds. It has jugs, in-cut holds for chin ups, slop-ers, rounded holes good for building up contact strength and crimps.
The crimp hold is the one that may cause the most finger injuries, but is the most powerful grip for a climber. The holds are very small so the tips of the fingers are placed on them flexed in order to get more power and pre-vent hyperextension. Peter Heekin advises climbers to hang from these crimps open handed to get the best crimping strength as opposed to trying to gain strength only by pulling on a crimp grip.