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Upskill Climbing

About Upskill Climbing

There are a lot of climbers out there who are going to the gym and heading out to the crags every week, and yet are not making any true progress. Years go by without raising their ability and ticking harder grades. Why?

The answer lies in the quality of their training, or lack thereof!

In 2005 I began attending standard personal training as a client. I did it for about 12 months and really enjoyed the gains in strength, but I found this had limited crossover into my climbing. If only I could get the focussed attention of personal training, but specifically tailored for rockclimbing. This service didn't exist. So I created it.

In March of 2007 I developed the Upskill 1-on-1 Personal Training Program. I began coaching four keen climbers using the same principles I had been using to train myself for years. The result? All four began to see steady, continuous improvement in their climbing. Grades and routes are toppling!

Climbing is all about specificity. Don't waste your precious time by doing cross-training activities that don't have maximum benefit to your climbing (e.g. the weights gym!).

The advantage of having a personal trainer for climbing is that your trainer is able to analyse your technique and performance and pick up things about your climbing that you don't notice. Your weaknesses are constantly being assessed and exercises developed that target these. Finally, an experienced climber as a trainer will be able to take your goals and map a path to enable you to get there (e.g. which routes to try).

We're also now offering full day coaching sessions out at the crag. You get the benefit of being coached and guided on the routes you want to try for an entire day. You won't be able to lift your arms above your head after this. Check our Services page for more info.

In 2009 we launched our coaching trips and holidays programmes where we go somewhere unique, improve our climbing, and send, send, send! Check out the upcoming ones - want to join us?

Lee Cujes

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