How Lightly Can You Hold On (Part 2 of 2)
How to break the habit of over-gripping
Here’s something you can do about over-gripping:- Find a big hold near the ground over a pad and hang on it with your feet on a couple of small footholds. - Get comfortable, and then very slowly relax your hands and release the contraction of the muscles in your hands and forearms that are keeping you on the wall. - Keep relaxing them until you are just about to fall off. - Then go ahead and release all the way so you plop down onto the pad.
What’s surprising is just how little effort it actually takes to keep you on the hold compared to how much you were exerting when you first started the exercise.
Repeat the steps above and focus you attention on just how much you’re exerting and how much is needed. Get the difference really clear in your head and try to apply it on your routes.
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