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Climbing can provide huge benefits for the rower

As a rower, what might some climbing cross-training do for you? The answers are so powerful that dabbling in this intriguing sport could become a discerning rowing coach’s favourite secret weapon.

Climbing has just turned Olympic. On the 3rd of August, the IOC voted to include climbing in future summer games. A Tokyo 2020 debut will certainly command roars of support from local spectators – Japan has 500,000 climbers. Climbing involves whole body movement against gravity for sustained periods.

Of the many ways to climb, here is a partial list:

Traditional climbing embraces the dangers of falling from a height. A lead climber, roped from below, carries and places the necessary safety anchors during his/her ascent. A second climber and, sometimes multiple others, follow up. The lead then constructs a belay at the top. As the last climber in the group seconds the same ascent route, he/she aims to remove the anchors, which is an aspect of “clean” adventure climbing using modern anchor types.

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