Fo­cus on What Can Help You Send

Build­ing Strength

Gripped - - TRAIN­ING AND TECH­NIQUE - Story by Mark Smith

Climb­ing at our limit presents us with a dilemma: Is it the se­quence we find or the strength we need to de­velop that is hold­ing us back from do­ing the climb? No mat­ter the grade we are climb­ing, this un­seen chal­lenge is ever-present. Our ini­tial goal is to get through our hard­est climb by any means nec­es­sary. The in­ter­est­ing part is what we de­cide to do from here – do we see our­selves as trapped by this sin­gle so­lu­tion and think we must be­come stronger to suc­ceed?

With­out cre­ativ­ity, jump­ing to this con­clu­sion of in­creas­ing strength can lead to a frus­trat­ing, lim­it­ing and pos­si­bly in­ju­ri­ous out­come. There are other op­tions be­sides get­ting stronger. Strength is some­times needed to makes gains but let’s avoid run­ning to the hang­board be­fore look­ing at cre­ative strength as a valu­able re­source for the chal­lenge.

Ev­ery route you climb is an op­por­tu­nity to lever­age cre­ativ­ity as your great­est tool. Use your size, f lex­i­bil­ity and skills. Cre­ativ­ity, sin­gu­lar fo­cus and be­ing crit­i­cal all feel hard to see the benef its from for the first cou­ple times you work with them. Keep at it and stay pos­i­tive! These tools can be ap­plied to life in gen­eral and im­prove with prac­tice.

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