From Las Vegas NV
Sep 5, 2013
Megan ^ you are spamming with your own commercial interests !
Best book I ever read for my climbing was:
Zen in the art of Archery
Seriously ^. That was what taught me how to breath, relaxe and move in the moment.
If you want to improve your style and fluidity...
Don't get sucked into the lungey, mexican jumping bean attitude of the typical gym climber. Take your time in your moves, be fluid in thought and motion. coordinate your breathing with your motion/moves.
Allways exert on the exhale. Concentrate on the exhale, don't give a half a ratz ass about your inhalations they willcome naturally if you concentrate on your exhalations.
A fun game I play with beginners is what I call 'Touch and go"
reach with hand or foot, slowly, deliberately and place your apendage exactly how you will use it on the hold (be it hand or foot). Then slowly with draw it back to it's previous position and then...
breathing 1.exhale (for the money) 2. exhale (two for the show) and 3. exhale and go.
When you commit to the move use the hold the way you chose to on your 'touch' before your go. If it is not optimal, then you just learned but don't fidget/shift around on holds when playing 'touch and go'.
99% of the time footwork is 99% of the game. Don't be sloppy and drag your feet up or slap above and slide down into foot positioning. Be surgically precise (or at least aspire to being) with your foot work.
Do this (play touch and go) on easy routes. Then down climb them the same way.
Then build up to where you are playing 'Touch and go' on your harder/almost limit routes.
You just might find that the routes that you thought werenear your limit, you rushed through to get higher before getting pumped...
Now you are cruising them ;)