Sharing with you some tips I have collected throughout the recent years as a boulderer, some might feel trivial and obvious but I think they are all highly important! Enjoy.
1. First: understand that projecting is a process and falling is a huge part of it. Embrace every fall and try to grow and learn from it.
2. Rest between attempts! intense bouldering is not a joke, resting between attempts may change the time you spend on each boulder. A good way to make yourself rest is to take off your climbing shoes between attempts. 👞
3. While resting - THINK! try to understand and analyze each fall and create your own beta. Do not automatically accept others beta, try different ways and find what fits you best.
4. Add holds to make a hard moves easier! Hand holds, foot holds, whatever is needed, try to keep the movement as close as possible to the original move. It will help you understand and learn how to position and move your body through this crux!
5. Give up the ego and don’t always climb from the starting holds. Once you have found a move that challenges you, consider climbing only the hard move by itself (excluding the previous moves). This way you will be fresher while solving the crux and it might take less effort and less tries to send the problem 🙂
6. Visualize! Dance, form a mental image of the climb, make sure you remember each move by moving it from the ground. Think about how will each move feel, what are the swings directions, what is the texture of each hold, what is the micro-beta for each move, when will you breath and so on. Be as specific as possible, get in the mood, feel the flow - and then do your best. Visualization will increase your flow, your accuracy and your confidence!
7. Do not repeat the same hard move over and over again for more than ~5 times. Doing so will load the same soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons..) and might cause an overuse injury. After a few times trying the same hard move - move on to the next move or to the next boulder problem 🙂
8. Do not climb to 100% exhaustion! Doing so might reduce your ability to respond to rapid loading (such as feet cut loose) and might increase the risk of an injury.
9. Rest, Sleep, Eat! In order to support intense training (such as projecting) you must take care of your body and pay attention to your recovery habits!
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