Climbing gyms are full of intimidating training apparatuses designed to build finger strength – avoid them completely when you're first getting started. "It's absolutely the worst thing you can do as a new climber," says Livesey. "Muscles are going to get strong really fast, but tendons take a long time to catch up."
Credit: Koji Ishibashi for Brooklyn Boulders
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