Do push ups help climbing?
Training antagonist muscles is very important for proper muscle balance and to prevent injuries.
Push-ups are a great way to train the antagonist muscles. It targets your chest muscles, triceps, and shoulders. There are also many different variations of push-ups that can make them more challenging, difficult, and effective.
Here are some of the different push-up variations:
- Close hands
- Wide hands
- Unbalanced hands (one hand up high, the other lower down), this puts more emphasis on different muscles for each arm
- Leaning forward
- Elevated feet
- Handstand push-ups
- Adding weights on your back
Climbing is mostly a pulling sport for your upper body. You will spend most of your time pulling with your arms, and pushing with your feet. But, there are times and certain moves in climbing that require you to push with your arms, such as when doing a mantle. This is where having strong triceps and chest muscles can be useful.