These Expert Tips Will Help You Break Through A Plateau
For those who love a good challenge, reaching the peak of a mountain is the ultimate dream. And for those who have already reached it, the next goal is reaching the summit again. Whether you’re just starting out or climbing for a while, you will most likely hit a plateau at some point. This can be extremely frustrating because you are working hard at your goals, but don’t see the results you want. You can spend months or years in a fitness rut. This is a level where progress seems to stop, and it’s frustrating, especially for someone who’s made progress in the past. The good news is that you’re not alone, everyone has been through it.
It’s easy to be on top of your game when you’re starting out in the new sport or hobby you’ve taken up, but things change fast. It is these challenges that force us to tap into our inner strength and create new strategies to go above and beyond what we originally thought possible. Learning how to break through a plateau is totally possible! In fact, there are plenty of ways to get past this common fitness roadblock and they don’t involve giving up on your fitness goals just yet. That’s why climbing experts have tips and tricks they use over and over again to help them break through plateaus – which is exactly what this article is all about. The following expert tips will help guide you in getting back on track so that you can continue seeing success with your fitness and climbing goals in the long run.
Dig deep into why you’re climbing
If you’re struggling to make progress in climbing, it’s time to dig deep into why you’re climbing.
- Why are you climbing?
- What do you hope to achieve?
- What is your motivation?
- What is your goal?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your limitations (in the body or mind)?
If you don’t know the answers, now’s the time for some soul-searching. Understand what makes sense to you and what doesn’t. Consider how well each answer fits with your lifestyle and abilities as well as with other aspects of life such as work, family, social obligations, and hobbies. In addition to identifying personal motivations for climbing, consider whether there are any external factors that may influence those motivations – a coach or mentor; a team; a sponsor; friends who climb; an activity partner (or even someone who just wants to try rock climbing). And don’t forget about body type! Some people have certain physical characteristics that make them more suited than others toward certain styles/difficulties of climbing (difficulty level).
Take a mental break
If you find yourself unable to make progress or feel frustrated by your plateaus, take a mental break from climbing for a few days. Resting and recovering from an injury is an essential part of training and can help prevent future injuries. Your body will also benefit from rest after periods of intense exercise, which can lead to fatigue. Rest does not mean stopping exercising! You can still work out other muscles while resting your fingers, but try to avoid exercises that require grip strength until the pain has subsided (e.g., pull-ups).
You can still get in a good workout even when taking time off from climbing! If you’re on vacation or just don’t have access to a gym near you, there are plenty of exercises that don’t require much equipment – or any at all – and won’t cause further damage if done correctly:
- Running stairs
Try a new style of climbing
Climbing is an activity that’s meant to be fun. So don’t get bogged down by the idea of having to climb only one way. There are tons of different ways to enjoy climbing and if you try something new, it may reignite your interest in continuing with the sport.
Some styles you could try are bouldering, lead climbing, ice climbing, trad climbing, sport climbing, and alpine climbing. If you really want to take things up a notch then consider mountaineering as well!
Try harder routes that are at your limit
The next tip is to try harder routes that are at your limit. The idea behind this step is to work on your mental game, because if you can overcome the fear of falling and keep trying then eventually you will succeed. If you’re not familiar with climbing grades, they measure the difficulty of a route. For example, 5.9 means “moderately easy.” If you’re struggling with 5.9s and want to progress in your climbing abilities, try a 5.10a or even a 5.10b! These routes will be challenging but don’t let that discourage you from trying them out – you might surprise yourself by how many of them are within reach when armed with determination and grit!
Try easier routes and work on technique
If you haven’t been climbing in a while, or if you were never a natural at it to begin with, it’s time to start from scratch. Don’t be discouraged! The best way to get better at climbing is by practicing the basics.
- If you have access to a gym and an instructor, try taking some classes. If not, grab someone who’s been climbing for a while and ask them for lessons (even if it’s just one-on-one). They’ll be able to show you what needs work and how to go about fixing it.
- Work on technique by climbing on the ground first before moving up onto walls or bouldering walls – this will help keep your body proportions correct as well as build strength in areas where you need improvement.
Change up your training routine
If you’re stuck on a plateau, try changing up your training routine! Work on improving your finger strength with hang board exercises, or try a different style of climbing that uses different muscles.
- Try bouldering instead of sport climbing. Bouldering requires less technique and strength than sport climbing does, but it still provides an intense workout for the fingers and forearms. You can also try doing more dynamic moves in both bouldering and sport climbing to help improve explosiveness in addition to finger strength.
- Change your diet! Eating nutrient-dense foods like leafy greens and avocados will provide the vitamins and minerals needed to keep recovering from workouts quickly so that you can get back out there as soon as possible.
At the end of the day, you’ll know when you’ve reached a plateau. You’ll feel stuck, frustrated, and sometimes even angry about it. You might even feel like quitting climbing altogether! But don’t give up just yet. Sometimes we need to take a step back from our training regimen or try a new style of climbing before we can really break through that plateau. So what should you do? Try one or more of these tips (or all!) and see if they work for you: practice visualization techniques during rest days; take breaks; climb routes at your limit on lead instead of bouldering problems below your limit so that they require more technique than strength – and always remember to have fun!