Welcome to A Training Manual for Competition Climbers. This manual
was designed to help competitors learn how to get ready for
competitions. It was written based on past climbing and coaching
experiences of the authors, articles about training for climbing, as
well as input from the scientific
community that is researching how to train specifically for climbing.
There are 11 chapters in this manual:
Introduction to Training for Competitions - This
chapter explains what the manual contains and who it is designed for.
Getting Started - This chapter will focus on making
goals and understanding what is needed in order to achieve those goals.
Strength Training - This chapter will introduce
different training techniques that can be used to improve the strength
of a climber.
Power Endurance Training - This chapter will introduce
different training techniques that can be used to improve the power
endurance of a climber.
Endurance Training - This chapter will introduce
different training techniques that can be used to improve the endurance
of a climber.
Technique Training - This chapter will introduce different
training techniques that can be used to improve the technical ability of
Resting - This chapter will introduce different
training techniques that can be used to improve the resting
skills/ability of a climber.
Competition Preparation - This chapter will introduce
different techniques that can be used to help a climber prepare for a
Cross Training and Other Issues - This chapter will touch upon
issues such as cross training, nutrition, and other lifestyle choices
that can affect your performance in a competition.
Summary - This chapter provides a summary of the ideas
presented in this document.
References - This chapter contains references that can be used
to enhance what has been presented in this manual. There are references
to articles on the Internet, books, and people who have contributed to
This manual is not intended as a bible for training, merely as a
guideline to help climbers that are bored of their regular training
routine. Climbers should feel free, and are encouraged to experiment
with different variations on the drills to see what works best for them.
As you read it you will find links and references to other documentation that
may go into much more detail about specific drills and reasons for doing them.
Please go to the links and read them thoroughly.
I (Michael Doyle) am not a certified personal trainer nor have I taken
any formal training on physiology or kinesiology. However, I do have
over six years experience coaching climbers and have learned a great
deal over that time. If you disagree with some of the drills presented
here, or if a dril causes you discomfort, stop. Getting injured is
always a bad thing. As always feel free to email me with any questions