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Self-Coached Climber: The Guide to Movement, Training, Performance Paperback – February 17, 2006
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About the Author
Dan Hague is an 18-year veteran in the indoor climbing industry who has built and managed 4 climbing gyms, the latest in central Virginia. He also consults with gym operators and sits on the Climbing Wall Association's Board of Directors. He is an avid climber, winning his division of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series in 2010. Douglas Hunter was a full-time climber and coach for 10 years, during which time he trained many elite climbers and was a top level sport climber. He now lives and climbs in Southern California, where he continues to develop new training methodology.
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The book taught me how to use technique to overcome my weight disadvantage (gravity is a turd-face sometimes). It has activities you can do at the climbing gym (safe for newbies like me) that'll help you become more aware of your footwork, balance, shifting your center of gravity. It also goes into details on what muscle groups you are using and how they are relevant to your climbing. It's the best substitute for an actual mentor imo.
I haven't watched the DVD it comes with yet, but the book was so good that I didn't ever feel the need to pop it in the player.
It's full of great training practices, particularly for movement, and as such is particularly helpful for a beginning climber like myself. I'm sure that any climber though could benefit from honing technique and control over the concepts explored in this book.
The training schedules outlined in the back are rather intense for anyone with a 9-5. I tend to climb 3 to 4 times a week for a couple of hours, but the books recommends up to 7 hours in one performance day in a week, with training days lasting up to 5 hours. Regardless, they provide a great basic structure to work from. Additionally, a great deal of information is outlined on the specifics of aerobic and anaerobic activity and how to increase both.
In short, I heard this book was a must-have and I emphatically agree. I am very happy that I purchased it and I am confident it will help me push my climbing to the next level.
While I didn't acheive great heights, and person to person instruction is better, I think I did pretty well with this and 3 times a week (5 hours total)of practice.
Very clear, concise book. Well worth the purchase.
Great book for anyone wanting to improve or get a better understanding behind the body mechanics in climbing. I definitely recommend it.
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I am a beginner & this book has helped my climbing immensely.