Training with Piz: Compression Training

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Compression is required on all kinds of climbing routes. I would say there are more bouldering compression problems out there than routes, but they exist. Some climbers can call themselves compression climbers and they normally get crushed on all other kinds of routes. So it is in essence a specialty skill, but one that should not be over looked. Font in France has tons of compression problems
To Train:
1 Find a set of holds and a wall if you are lucky enough that is overhung where two good open holds can be squeezed together at your maximum reach. Try to set the feet so that they are at a similar max
2 Pull on the wall and hold tight for a given time.
A good progression of this exercise is to move from jugs, to open hand with thumbs and without thumbs and finally to crimps.
If you have an adjustable wall, which more and more gyms are investing in. You just have to kick back the angle to increase the difficulty!
Get out there and train!

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