Podcast: How to Climb 5.12 Review

In my first podcast, adiposity I review the book, How to Climb 5.12, by Eric Horst.  This is a great first training book for anyone looking to better their physical and mental training.  Whether you are trying to climb your first 5.10 or 5.14, this book can help!  I review each of the chapters and go through some of the points that really stuck out to me.

Have you read this book?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoy my first of many podcasts at Rock Climber Life!

  • Jeremy

    I have read this book, and I feel it’s a great start for someone who desires to climb 5.12. I much prefer Eric’s Training for Climbing. It has all of the theory contained in How to Climb 5.12, but it goes into more specifics. There are a wide variety of workout guidelines that are tailored to the specific climbing goals that you may be working toward. I’ve had this book for about 2 years now and I can honestly say that I’ve benefited from many of the training approaches he provides. Besides workout guidelines, there are in depth discussions related to common climbing injuries, nutrition, ways to expedite recovery, and ways to pin point your climbing weaknesses. I routinely consult this book throughout the year and find something new and applicable to my current climbing state that I had not realized before.

    • Gif

      Good stuff! I personally do not have Training for Climbing. I bought Conditioning for Climbing instead. It seemed to get rid of the technique of climbing and focus purely on conditioning and sport specific exercises, which is what I wanted more. Have you checked out Conditioning for Climbing? When I compared the two at the store, there is a lot of overlap. I can’t see having one, then buying the other and getting a lot of new information out of it… just too much overlap from what I saw.

      I will do a podcast review of Conditioning for Climbing soon. As always, thanks for stopping by!

      • Jeremy

        I have all of the books and have found Training for Climbing to be the most useful. Conditioning for climbing is a nice supplement to Training for Climbing, but the key theory is only present in Training for Climbing. There’s a new book out there from Eric, Maximum Climbing, that I don’t have yet.

        • Gif

          Interesting! I should take a closer look at Training for Climbing and maybe pick it up. I got Maximum Climbing but haven’t read it yet. I’m currently reading 9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes by Dave Macleod. Thanks for the comment Jeremy!

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