Any serious climber knows the value of training. And when it comes to tenuous pocket holds, it's especially important to prep the muscles and tendons that run through your fingers, hands, and forearms. Dave Wahl, a strength and conditioning coach in Denver, believes that a proper training program is crucial for developing strength.

Any serious climber knows the value of training. And when it comes to tenuous pocket holds, it's especially important to prep the muscles and tendons that run through your fingers, hands, and forearms. Dave Wahl, a strength and conditioning coach in Denver, believes that a proper training program is crucial for developing strength.

Sliding Pike- Begin in a plank on an uncarpeted floor, hands under shoulders and a towel under feet(A). With legs straight, raise hips and draw legs toward hands into a pike position—your feet should slide easily. Hold for one count, then return to start. Repeat 10 times. #core #workout

6 Easy Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

Sliding Pike- Begin in a plank on an uncarpeted floor, hands under shoulders and a towel under feet(A). With legs straight, raise hips and draw legs toward hands into a pike position—your feet should slide easily. Hold for one count, then return to start. Repeat 10 times. #core #workout

Naomi Buys cranking on "Gathering Sun" (E7 6c) at Nesscliffe

Naomi Buys cranking on "Gathering Sun" (E7 6c) at Nesscliffe

STRENGTH - Foundational Training for Rock Climbing by Steve Bechtel who explains why strength training with weights and on the fingerboard is so important for rock climbers.

STRENGTH - Foundational Training for Rock Climbing by Steve Bechtel who explains why strength training with weights and on the fingerboard is so important for rock climbers.

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