7th May

11th Jun

Climbing Coaching Clinics: Spring 2019

Our NEW Coaching Clinics are the perfect to improve your climbing.

Designed by our in-house coaching team, our Coaching Clinics will cover a variety of topics from Footwork & Body Positioning to Body Engagement & Route Reading.

Whether you’re new to sport or wanting to develop those more advanced skills, our Coaching Clinics are for you.

Improving Footwork with Sam Peett (07/05/19)

You’ve surely heard this once (if not a thousand times before): Climbing is all about your feet. Learning to optimally place and weight your feet reduces strain on your forearms and puts your body in a position to efficiently reach the next set of handholds. This session aims to give you more confidence in your feet and getting you to trust your climbing shoes and footholds, and move with balance and decision.

Body Positioning with Sam Peett (14/05/19)

The fundamentals of climbing are balance, movement and efficiency of motion. Sure, the power to do a one-arm, fingertip pull-up may help you in some situations, but it won’t help you on a balancy, slab move. Good body position is key. The primary goal of good body position is to minimise the amount of energy used to stay on the wall thereby increasing efficiency. This session looks at what positions will be most efficient depending on what climb you are on and what holds are available.

Static vs Dynamic Movement with Sam Peett (21/05/19)

The best climbing performance comes from using a combination of static and dynamic climbing. Both have their pros and cons, so it’s all about knowing when it’s best to use each one. In this session Sam will guide you through the different styles of movement at look at how to use them efficiently.

Body Engagement with Tony Darley (28/05/19)

Climbing hard requires a lot of correct muscle engagement and good form through hard moves. Lots of climbers also suffer with shoulder issues and can climb for years without their shoulders functioning properly, often leading to shoulder injuries or a plateau in performance. This session is designed to highlight key areas that anyone can work on, to improve footwork and body tension, stopping feet from slipping. You will be given a few quick easy workouts that will supplement your climbing.

Falling and Catching* with Sam Peett (04/06/19) 

The fear of falling is probably the single thing that holds more climbers back than anything else – more than finger strength and more than poor technique. Even experienced climbers are still affected by the fear of falling but managing this fear shouldn’t be thought of as something that simply happens. It’s an ongoing process that must be continually and actively worked on. While this may sound daunting, improving your ability to climb without fear will allow you to climb far more relaxed and focus exclusively on the task of completing the climb rather than the ‘what-ifs’ of falling. In this session Sam will talk through different types of falls and how to give better and softer catches as a belayer. Sam will be able to give you some simple drills to add to your climbing sessions to help control the fear.

*Please note this session is lead based and therefore participants must be competent in lead climbing and belaying.

Route Reading with Sam Peett  (11/06/19)

The ability to work out the sequence of a route from the ground is an essential sport climbing skill, which makes a huge difference to not only your performance climbs, but every climb. Time invested on the floor is time and energy saved on the route, and yet so many climbers are prone to just leaping on and seeing what happens. How many times have you fallen off because you’ve failed to spot your colour, or pumped out because you’ve missed a hidden hold? Route reading is a completely separate skill to climbing and your ability to plan and remember sequences will improve massively with a bit of practice. During this session Sam will look at the different levels of reading a route, and give you drills to practise in your own time to help you improve.


£35 (£21 Members Price)


Improving Footwork
Tuesday 7th May '19

Body Positioning
Tuesday 14th May '19

Static vs Dynamic Movement
Tuesday 21st May '19

Body Engagement
Tuesday 28th May '19

Falling and Catching
Tuesday 4th June '19

Route Reading
Tuesday 11th June '19


Make the first steps to improving your climbing by booking a space on one of our New Coaching Clinic sessions with one of our experienced, friendly and qualified staff. Why not book with a friend?