Synopses & Reviews
Finally, here is the first comprehensive book designed for climbing coaches and teachers and parents of young climbers. Coaching Climbing presents an integrated approach to coaching, focusing on individualized evaluation and training of climbers as the key to improving performance and maintaining safety and enthusiasm. It includes exercises for working on movement, training for competitions, sensible physical conditioning, and injury prevention. Longtime climber and author Michelle Hurni explains how to evaluate a climber's skill level, set goals that everyone can live with, and teach kids to "climb with the brain." She details dozens of games and activities designed to motivate young climbers while teaching them proper movement and improving their technique. Additionally, Hurni explains how to make a safe transition from climbing in a gym to climbing in the outdoors. (6 x 9, 256 pages, b&w photos, diagrams, charts)
"The competitive climbing community has been waiting for this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who works with youth climbers. With the rise in popularity of competitive climbing, Michelle's experience will be a guide to many coaches and parents who want to train young climbers in a healthy, positive manner." --Steve Allen, Interim Director of the United States Competitions Climbing Association
This book is for climbing coaches and teachers and parents of young climbers. It presents an integrated approach to coaching, focusing on individualized evaluation and training of climbers as the key to improving performance and maintaining safety and enthusiasm. It includes exercises for working on movement, training for competitions, sensible physical conditioning, and injury prevention. This is the first comprehensive resource for coaching the fastest-growing sport in the United States today.
About the Author
Estes Park, Colorado resident Michelle Hurni
was the top overall ranking among women climbers in the United States in 1998 and now coaches climbers and writes for the ESPN X Games. Former president of the American Sport Climbers Federation and U.S. Climbing Team member, she founded the U.S. Climbing Team Junior Pro Camp and has coached youth climbing for the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America.
Table of Contents
Introduction (1) Gym Climbing 101 (2) Setting Problems and Routes from the Ground Up (3) Hit the Ground Running--The Starting Box (4) Identifying Weaknesses through Evaluation (5) Exercises to Work on Technique (6) Climbing with the Brain (7) Training Defined (8) Redpointing and Onsighting (9) Power Games and Activities (10) Bouldering Games and Activities (11) Power-Endurance Games and Activities (12) Endurance Games and Activities (13) Pyramids (14) Training for Competitions (15) The Excuses and Counterexcuses (16) Life Outside Climbing (17) Let's Go Climbing! (18) Sponsorship (19) Appendix