3 Footwork Tips For Beginners and Rock Climb Better Instantly


Footwork Tips For Beginners

When I first started climbing, it didn't take me long to figure out that it's better to step on footholds with my toes instead of the middle part of my feet. However it took me a while to figure out more intricate footwork techniques back in the days so here are 3 footwork tips that you definitely don't want to miss.

3 Footwork Tips:
1. Use both the inside/outside edge
2. Use the tips of toes to step on bad holds
3. Avoid matching feet with step through

3 Footwork Tips For Beginners and Rock Climb Better Instantly


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1. Use both the inside/outside edge


The first tip is utilize the inside edge and the outside edge. The inside edge refers to the inner part of the toes and the outside edge refers to the outer part of the toes. Chances are when you first start climbing, you probably step on everything with the inside edge because that seems to be the most natural way. Typically the inside edge works great for slabs and vertical walls because you can keep your body close to the wall and it's not too tiring for your arms in situations where you need to bent your arms to make a move because most of your weight is on your feet. However, when climbing on walls that's more than 90 degrees, it becomes harder to keep your body towards the wall with the inside edge and bending your arms to hold your weight becomes very tiring.

If you step on holds with the outside edge, your body will be turned closer towards the wall and it's possible to keep your arms straight and hold your weight with your lats while you make a move. You will feel less tired since your lats are way stronger than you arms. You might ask why the outside edge is rarely used in slabs. It's because your thighs will actually push your body further away from the wall and thus make it harder to put your weight on your feet.

2. Use the tips of toes to step on bad holds


The second tip is use the very tips of the toes, neither the inside edge nor the outside edge, to step on small slippery footholds. In order to step on small slippery footholds, you have to apply more inward force than downward force than usual and it's a lot easier to apply inward force with the tips of the toes. You also want to keep your heels as low as possible while stepping with the tips of your toes.

You might think if I bring my heels up, won't I be a few inches closer to the next target handhold? Yes but that also means it's harder to apply inward force with your heels up. Hence, it increases the chance of slipping off the hold.

3. Avoid matching feet with step through


The final tip is avoid matching feet by utilizing the step through when the footholds aren't too far apart. Matching feet takes extra time and even if you match feet with the best technique, you will still inevitably waste some arm strength during the process. Most of the time you will be surprised by how easy it is to perform the step through.

In cases where the footholds are far apart and matching feet is required, you can pivot the toes of one foot and make room for the toes of your other foot to step in. In cases where the foothold is small and there's no room for the toes of both feet, you will have to place your toes of the other foot on top of the current toes and then quickly slide your current toes off for your toes of the other foot to land on the foothold.

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3 Footwork Tips For Beginners and Rock Climb Better Instantly 3 Footwork Tips For Beginners and Rock Climb Better Instantly Reviewed by AC10 Writer on May 26, 2019 Rating: 5