Climbing psychology is a complicated subject, not very well covered in climbing literature. As a climbing instructor I see that most, if not all climbers struggle with a psychological aspect within their climbing, whether this is the fear of falling, the fear of failure, or a negative mindset. The aim of "Climbing Psychology" is to provide an easy-to-understand platform, available to all climbers, to try and work on their mental game. Giving them the opportunity to improve their climbing performance, no matter what level you climb, whether 5+, 8a, or 9c.
As climbers we train physically using finger boards, working on core exercises, or perform antagonist training. Do pull ups, use campus boards, or work on our power endurance. We train our technique. But why, when a large part of climbing is psychological, do we tend to forget about this part? Or maybe we do not possess the tools or know where to start.
After dealing with my fears in climbing, I realised I was not the only one who suffered anxieties with their head game. So, I compiled a course to try and help others. I have been running 'The Climbing Psychology Workshop' through my company, Rise & Summit, for 5-6 years now and had amazing results. The book is a compilation of research and personal experiences to share with you and help you on your way to dealing with your anxieties in climbing. I have tried to simplify each subject, as you could easily fill a book on each.
I have kept it relevant and concise.
Fear and how it manifests in the brain can have a detrimental effect on climbing performance, whether we experience a fear of falling, a fear of failure, or a negative mindset. Training our mental game within climbing is as important as physical training and climbing technique. With a strong mental game, it is possible to operate at your physical limit and enjoy climbing more.
The book "Climbing Psychology" uses the latest in sports psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, scientific research to explain a complicated subject. Simplified and easy to understand language allow it to be available to many. With lots of exercises, interactive videos, lots of useful tips, an element of humour, and beautifully illustrated diagrams and pictures, the subject of climbing psychology and fear is explained in a progressive and understandable way.
With contributions of 12 world-class athletes, and a diverse representation of the climbing community, it is the first book of its kind to cover climbing psychology in such detail. All of the book's content has also been verified by a Doctor in Psychology, namely, Dr Julia Frearson.
It is possible to train step-by-step to deal with these aspects in climbing. We live in a society where we strive for results but aren't always sure how to get there. We can achieve so much more than we think we are capable of with a few simple techniques and a willingness to learn.
Don't limit yourself!
Order your copy now with 10% off (RRP £25) straight from the author (use following discount code at the checkout: UKC2022 ). Also available from other venues.
Does it cover being able to train while being bored with training?
I have a copy and have been impressed so far... the section of falling training was the best I've come across...