The Ultimate Rock Climbing Training Board

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A strong upper body is a prerequisite for rock climbing. But the truth is that it doesn’t matter how many pull-ups you can do. When you climb in a rock gym or are perched high on a slab of smooth granite, what matters most is your grip strength. Building the strength and endurance of the smaller muscles in your forearms and fingers are paramount to climbing better, and doing repetitions of traditional pull-ups and chin-ups on a bar simply doesn’t cut it. The Metolius 3D Simulator Training Board gives you a dynamic workout, with over two dozen handholds that range from full-grip to barely a fingertip. 

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A great replacement for that boring chin-up bar above your doorway, the 3D Simulator allows you to do one-arm pull-ups, offset holds, and friction-based sloping holds, which all help develop the type of finger, forearm, grip, and open-hand strength that separates the great climbers from everyone else. Even if you’re not a climber, the board provides a challenging and fun upper body workout as improvement and results are rapid and extremely noticeable.

The 15-pound board easily mounts above doorways that make it easier to do 10-15 minute workouts at home or in your office when you don’t have time to go to the gym. A complete training guide is provided with the board, and while we found it extremely humbling at first, consistent training on the Metolius board led to better results in the gym and outdoors, not to mention toning our arms and strengthening our core. [$79; metoliusclimbing.com]