Bouldering season is in full effect. In between weekend trips to Sonora and Bishop, the gym provides a great place to train. The campus board provides an ideal training surface.
In this video, Touchstone's Sam Schwartz provides instruction on how to effectively use a campus board.
Make sure to rest properly between each session on campus boards. Muscles require time to recover and build. Overuse leads to injury quickly.
In 1988, Wolfgang Gullich invented a training device to strengthen his fingers for the brutal steep pockets of Action Directe, the world's first 5.14d in Frankenjura Germany. Gullich's covered a steep plywood wall with rungs and placed it in a university gym called the Campus Center.
The introduction of campus boards facilitated training explosive power for bouldering and difficult sport climbing moves. Through big moves on set distances, finger strength, lock off, and dynamic movement can be increased greatly.
Head to your nearest Touchstone gym and use some of Sam and Ryan's tips to crush your next project.
Tags: campus training, campusing
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