Crushing Tip #3

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Are you serious about improving your climbing? Andy Davis has some advice: “Open up your hands and your mind will follow.”Frequently climbers get into the (bad) habit of over using their muscles. One example is bending your knuckles and crimping down on holds. Avoid doing this by “Open handing everything.” Andy explains that, “by bending your knuckles you’re engaging unnecessary muscle groups and increasing your chance of injury.”

Here’s what to do: While traversing, pay attention to your fingers and how much you’re bending your knuckles. The idea is to climb on your fingertips while keeping your knuckles flatter.

 
 

Open Handed – Good

Flat

Keep your hand open and knuckles flat. This will build up your slopper strength and increase your ability to climb hard.

Crimped Fingers – Bad

Crimp

Having your knuckles bent requires extra energy and increases the likelihood of injury.

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