The core muscles of the torso are called into play on every climbing move.

Most of us know that a strong core is the foundation for any strong climber. And, if you’re going to trust any authority on the subject, then it ought to be Eric Hörst—one of the leading authorities on climbing performance.

With well over 30 years of experience under his belt—and still crushing—he has plenty of wisdom to share. In this video, Eric offers five training exercises that can help you develop a stronger core.

For more information from this training guru, consider picking up the newest edition of his book, Training for Climbing: The Definitive Guide to Improving Your Performance.

Exercise summary

1. Ab rollout

  • 3 sets of 6-12 reps, 3-minute rest in between sets

2. Windshield wipers

  • 2-3 sets of 6-12 reps, 3-minute rest in between sets

3. Superman

  • 2 sets, alternating for a total of 20 reps, 3-minute rest

4. Front lever

  • 3 sets of 3-5 reps, 2-3 seconds on each side

5. Dumbbell snatch

  • 2 sets of 5-10 repetitions, 3-minute rest in between sets

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