Last week, when I made a one-minute video talking about building climbing-specific core strength, I realized I unintentionally excluded a significant portion of rock climbers for participating in the exercises.
That guide prompted two significant lines of questions:
- I can’t do a pull-up, but I’d like to do one. What do I do?
- I can hang from a bar, and do knee lifts, but can’t do egg rolls. How do I train for those?
I answer both questions below this video (this is the original one I made a week ago):
Lets deal with the first question: How to do a pull-up?
Of course, like a good internet-er, I headed to youtube to see what people said about pull-ups, and came across
trash information like this:
3/4ths of the tutorials featured shirtless guys blabbing away for ten minutes into the camera.
Finally, I don’t think that pull-ups correlate well with climbing ability. Pulling strength is a great thing to have, though, so here’s a short guide to starting to build good pulling power:
Beginner’s guide to building pulling strength
Please note that this doesn’t mention how to do a pull-up, or how to train for that. Honestly, I don’t know how. I’ll figure it out and share it, but until then I know that no one needs to worry about doing a pull-up until they can hang from a bar with tight shoulders.
This other guide is a step-by-step breakdown to get to both egg rolls and leg lifts, by improving your core strength.
Incremental core strength progression
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