Mental Training for Peak Performance and Optimal Experience.
As physical as climbing is, it is even more mental. Ultimately, you climb with your mind—your hands and feet are merely extensions of your thoughts and will. Becoming a master climber, then, requires that you first become a master of your mind.
In Maximum Climbing, America’s best-selling author on climbing performance presents a climber’s guide to the software of the brain—one that will prove invaluable whether your preference is bouldering, sport climbing, traditional climbing, or mountaineering. Eric Hörst brings unprecedented clarity to the many cognitive and neurophysical aspects of climbing and dovetails this information into a complete program. He sets forth three stages of mental training that correspond to beginner, intermediate, and elite levels of experience and commitment—the ideal template to build upon to personalize your goals through years of climbing to come.
At 40+ years old physical adaptations (and time to make adaptations) are harder to come by. Thanks Coach Hörst for enabling "brain training!" Limited crag time also results in distinct states of emotion, Maximum Climbing provides tools to stay centered and focused on the task at hand. Maximum Climbing is not just a book...it is a reference I look forward to revisiting frequently.
A must have for your climbing library. I have been climbing almost as long as Eric and this is one of the best books I have picked up on training. Marc Twight will tell you which “muscle” is most important, but Eric tries to show you how to affect the change.
I've been climbing for years and have read several climbing training books such as the works of Arno Ilgner John Kettle and Dave Macleod. Maximum climbing offers a different perspective on the teachings of these other great authors/ climbers and so much more. Covering the interesting science behind mental and physical training which really helped me to understand the lessons that come later in the book. Maximum climbing is in depth mental training like I've never seen before, for me it was a very involved experience that pushed me to understand myself and my sport. If your serious about becoming better this is a must read!