Making it happen

As with all sports, progression in climbing is about applying some level of effort towards improvement. For most people this just means climbing more (at least initially), developing a fluidity of movement that comes when you’re not having to think about each move – it just happens subconsciously. 

In order to extract more performance out of your body you may look toward specific training, at which point the mind becomes the weakest link in most climbers armoury.

Basically if you want to get better, then you need to be mentally disciplined. If you’ve got your training plan sorted, that is a fantastic step, but how many fail to implement it because ‘life got in the way’?

I can say this because like many people, I have a comprehensive list of excuses for why I shouldn’t have done things. These include: wife, kids, house, dog and full time work.

But if you truly want to achieve something, then you have to find the time to do it – regardless of the excuses. So get up earlier or go to bed later and remember that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!