Is the core important for bouldering?

8 mental tips
for climbing

# 5 Keep a climbing journal
The more you write, talk, or think about something, the more likely it is that it will come true. Win something good with every entry in your climbing diary of the last climbing or training session, no matter how small it seems to you: If you open the diary and read it, it should be a self-affirmation. Never talk failure!

Tip: If you have a talent for drawing, you can record key passages in your journal - this is also a very helpful form of visualization!

# 6 focus
The biggest source of error when climbing a Redpunkt route is often very banal: lack of concentration. Many climbers like to focus on what has nothing to do with their current goal: fear of falling, worrying about being secured too “hard”, or sore toes in tight climbing shoes. Does it sound familiar to you? Then quickly enter the concentration zone. This includes formulating a positive concentration goal: for example with regard to the move and how you apply it, and not with regard to the possibilities that lead to its failure: "I step on the high step and then I make the move." If I overlook this step, then I won't make the move. ”According to scientists, people can subconsciously concentrate on about seven things at the same time - so no excuses!

Often you get 'step-through panic'. You want to climb the route so badly that you lose focus shortly before the top. Therefore: always concentrate on your breath and every single pull - until the anchor is clipped!
Margo Hayes, one of the world's best climbers today

# 7 self-image: experience yourself in a new way!
You are less shaped by everything you've actually experienced in your life than by what you remember. If you have a stuck image of yourself as a lousy slab climber, then you will always look bad on slabs. Your solution: try to learn to love this climb and to remember when you did a good job of climbing a slab. Even if it's damn difficult to change your self-image - be open to that change! Often you hold on to something old that has long been of no use. Carry out your inner conflict 'new self vs. old self' and greet your new self (of the plate emperor)!

# 8 Keep your distance
Last but not least, it is also important not to think about climbing, to consciously take a mental break. The self-imposed pressure to achieve a certain climbing performance is otherwise too constant. It is not for nothing that the motto “You get strong in the breaks!” Is valid in the climbing community. This applies to training breaks as well as to forced breaks, for example because of an overload - that's good to know because you don't have to stress yourself if you don't feel a rock under your fingers for a few weeks. On the contrary: your head - you remember: your most important climbing muscle - is now taking a siesta!

Life is precious. Live healthy, train hard, and climb harder.
Ben Moon, one of the best sport climbers in the 1990s, is now a successful entrepreneur