How To Get The Ultimate Climber's Body

Three exercises that'll build you the ultimate climber's body.

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Rock climbing is all about power-to-weight ratio and therefore the majority of climbers are light, yet incredibly strong for their size.

The most obvious training exercise for climbing is the pull-up, although it’s also very important to have powerful legs as well.

Here are my top three pull-up variations. These are not easy, so if you are starting out try using the assisted pull-up machine in the gym, and also the lat pull-down. Let me know how you get on at @HarryJamesonPT.

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1. Chin To Knuckles Pull-Ups

Take a wide grip, from a hanging start pull your body up to the left so your chin touches your left knuckles, slowly return to the start position and repeat on the right. Aim for 3–5 pulls on each side. That’s one set.

 
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2. 1 Sec Up, 5-10 Secs Down

A personal favourite of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, this is a great strength builder, and makes you focus on your form. Pull yourself up as quickly as you can, and lower back down as slowly as you can. Sounds easy, right? Try it out.

 

3. Circular Pull-Ups

Pull your chin up to your right hand, then around in a circle until it gets to your left hand, and then slowly return your body to the hanging position. Repeat twice in each direction. That’s one set.

 
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