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Essential Gear for Rock Climbing and Bouldering

Like to get high in the great outdoors? Here's what you'll need to reach the summit.

If you think pullups are the best exercise for rock climbing, think again. “Climbing is great for developing upper-body strength, but if you rely on it, it’s going to destroy you,” Bechtel says. Instead, your goal is to get your legs strong in the single-leg stance, while upper-body exercises will help you develop your core.

Lower Body: Step up onto a bench or plyo box (around 20–24 inches high): 3–4 sets, 5–8 reps on each side; Pistol Squat: 3–4 sets, 5 reps on each side (hold onto a TRX strap to lessen the load,
or hold a 10- to 15-pound dumbbell in each hand for added resistance)

Upper Body: Knees-to- Elbow: 2–3 sets, 10 reps; inverted Row, either on a bar that’s attached to a power rack or with the TRX.

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