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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 2 edition (1 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762746920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762746927
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Covering everything from mental exercises to injury prevention to nutrition to goal specific workouts, Training for Climbing is a must read for climbers of any ability who are looking to take their performance to the next level." - Climbing Magazine

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Drawing on new research in sports medicine, nutrition, and fitness, Training for Climbing helps climbers achieve superior performance and better mental concentration on the rock, with less risk of injury. Updated and expanded, this new edition builds on the best-selling first edition s breakthrough text. Eric Horst combines leading-edge sport science with his thirty-plus years of climbing and coaching experience to create a handbook packed with practical how-to and what-to-do information. This new edition includes expanded chapters on training technique, improving mental skills, and developing muscular strength and endurance. A new chapter on general conditioning leads into the seminal chapters on climbing-specific strength training and developing personalized training programs for maximum results. Additional chapters discuss the vital, yet often overlooked, subjects of self-assessment, performance nutrition, accelerating recovery, and injury prevention topics that have received scant or no coverage in other climbing books. Dozens of color photographs depict the exercises and techniques, while training-tip summary boxes makes for a quick review of key points."

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Eric's book is well written and beautifully laid out. The details of training are based on scientific review of the literature and the first-hand experiences of the author. As a climber of 25 years I still found it a useful resource, and it has replaced the older (but still good) book "Perfmance Rock Climbing" by Dale Goddard and Udo Neumann. The photographs are inspirational. Congratulations Eric - this is a great book.
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I have both 'Training for Climbing' and 'Conditioning for Climbers'. They make good textbooks with good indepth information and a whole heap of excercises. Not a blow by blow account on Self help but a good source of information to arm yourself with to figure out how to train better.
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This is perfect for those climbers that want a more in depth insight into training techniques for climbing. There is another book called "Conditioning for Climbers" that is by the same author but is more about the physical training than this more advanced guide :)
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Gives the beginner and intermediate climber ( me) all the useful information one could want.
I refer to it frequently and recommend it to others.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97a8a588) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x978ad120) out of 5 stars Simply the best Training book for Climbers 11 Jan. 2009
By Jordan D. Ramey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Eric Horst is THE expert on training for climbing. This book is by far the most up-to-date and complete source on everything from the mental to technical to the physical aspects relating to climbing. It provides and explains the concepts in simple terms and provides the scientific reasoning behind them. Proven strategies that work.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x978ad174) out of 5 stars Very similar to "How to Climb 5.12" 11 Aug. 2013
By Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after reading "How to Climb 5.12," and I must say that it is almost like reading the same book twice. I am a fan of this author and have benefited from his advice, but one book or the other will suffice. I would recommend "Training for Climbing" out of the two, as it offers more information on specific drills and exercises. It also goes into much more detail about the sports science theory behind the training concepts, which people may or may not be interested in. Your climbing will improve by reading either one of these.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x978ad450) out of 5 stars Training for Climbing 5 Mar. 2011
By Spider Monkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding book about training for climbing. It covers a wide range of topics and all with a solid scientific basis. The writing style is extremely easy to read and entertaining to boot. I have to say I disagree with the reviewer who said there is too much focus on mental training. This is a small, but integral part of this book. This book looks at mental training, skills and strategy, strength training, personal programs, nutrition, recovery and injury prevention. It also includes training charts you can use, additional tips and a comprehensive glossary. All in all an excellent guide to training from a respected climber and climbing journalist. Highly recommended for beginner or more experienced climber alike.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x978ad960) out of 5 stars Hands-on approach with in-depth real-life tips and tricks 26 Jun. 2009
By Radu Ionescu - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a MUST for any climber, regardless of age, sex, skills or style - it really helps one improve results fast by better understanding how the body acts and reacts before, during and after climbing.

It really covers everything a climber needs to know and more.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x978ad234) out of 5 stars Excellent book - but buy it on paper, not Kindle. 7 Dec. 2012
By S. Ramanathan - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is excellent. I am a new climber and already have learned a lot from this book since there is a lot of "anecodotal" stories that are going around and I prefer to deal with facts. Very well sritten and thorugh and tries to separate the author's bias from the general literature. I started drinking Accelerade based on Eric's suggestion and feel much better now (I am 47 and don't heal too fast). My only regret is that it does not format well on the Kindle. Please buy the book, but buy it on paper copy. It is too hard to search and book mark and re-read key sections and flip back to the glossary. It does format better on the Kindle app on my ipad mini, but I would still buy a hard copy of this author next time around. So my view is 5 stars for the material but down to 4 stars for the Kindle version.
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