do strong forearms equal better climbing?
While strong forearms can contribute to better climbing performance, it's important to understand that climbing involves a combination of factors beyond just forearm strength. Technique, body positioning, flexibility, core strength, and mental focus also play significant roles in climbing proficiency. Developing well-rounded strength and skill across multiple muscle groups, including the core, back, and legs, is essential for efficient and effective climbing. Additionally, proper technique and efficient movement patterns can help conserve energy and improve overall climbing ability. So, while strong forearms can be advantageous, they are just one piece of the puzzle in becoming a better climber.
It can equal stronger climbing, but not necessarily better climbing.
The problem with being very strong is that you start to neglect technique, because if you can just power yourself to the next hold or through the move, why would you do it in a more technical way? Even if you try to be more technical, it can be very hard to get rid of the habit of powering through moves. This is something many climbers struggle with, including myself.
On the other hand, if you are a technical climber, but are weak in terms of physical strength, training your forearms can help quite a lot by balancing you out a little bit. So you would still have the technique that you have developed until now, and you would also just be physically stronger.
So I would say that it just depends on your current situation. Are you more technical, or are you more powerful?