Pro Tips: Motivation

Expert advice for staying psyched.
Akiyo Noguchi on her way to fourth place in the 2018 Combined World Championships, Innsbruck, Austria. Photo by Vladek Zumr

To break through to a higher grade, you have to be a fuller climber. Imagine yourself wanting to be a more detailed, well-rounded climber: Think to yourself, What do I need in order to do that? You have to identify your strong points and your weak points. Then you have to implement a plan and work on it with a clear goal. (And always stretch and rest enough!)

—Akiyo Noguchi, JPN, 21x Bouldering World Cup Gold Medalist, Olympic-qualified athlete

 

The best way is to have process motivation, not only goal-oriented motivation. Don’t train only because you want to send your project. Train because you enjoy it. Write down the elements you like about training and read them when you feel like you lack motivation.

— Adam Ondra, CZE, 2014, 2016 and 2019 Lead World Champion, Olympic-qualified athlete

 

[Also Read: Feature Profile: Adam Ondra]

 

I find when I am training on my own the motivation I get from music is key. Putting on tunes that get me moving on days I just can’t get psyched to train always helps get me started. My secret weapon is any Beyonce song, but mostly her “Homecoming Live” album!

—Hannah Baldwin, GBR, 2018 and 2019 Paraclimbing World Champion

 

Climbing on rock between competitions is a good way to stay motivated and take satisfaction when you are in shape. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Bad days exist and they are useful for improving.

—Laura Rogora, ITA, 2019 Lead, Bouldering and Combined Youth World Champion, Olympic-qualified athlete

 

Progress requires regularity, so pay attention to yourself and your lifestyle. Drink water regularly, have adequate nutrition before and after your training, get a good night’s sleep. And do not exercise the day after a party or if you slept poorly, to avoid injury.

—Mickael Mawem, FRA, 2019 European Bouldering Champion, Olympic-qualified athlete

 

Climb because you love it and focus on having fun. It will be a lot easier to maintain the motivation for your long-term goals if you enjoy the process.

—Hannes Puman, SWE, eighth at the 2019 Lead World Championships

 


Also Read

One of the World’s Best Moonboarders

  • Show Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

Ads

You May Also Like

The Menstrual Cycle and Climbing Performance

  Are you a climber who has menstrual cycles?1 Have you ever wondered why your ...

(More) Pointers From The World’s Top Climbers

  Watch very good climbers climb, and try to figure out little things they ...

Get our latest stories, gear, training, and videos in your inbox every week.

I would like to receive emails from: