31 Jan Climbers need track and understand data in order to get stronger
At Klimbz.com we seek to help gyms and climbers make better use of their indoor time and resources. One of the current challenges facing most indoor climbers is developing a system to analyze climbing and training. The Klimbz platform starts with route management and ends with user engagement. Taking the data that gets created when a climb is entered into the system by routesetters, we can then allow members to record and explore the effects of different training efforts on indoor performance.
Climbers, like all athletes, want to become better and stronger at at their sport. In the past, climbers “just climbed” to improve. The history of climbing as been one of outsiders doing their own things and not considering themselves real athletes. It turns out that climbers are amongst the strongest and agile athletes in world. But training how to train and what to do in order to become better seems daunting and brings up lots of questions; mostly around how and where to begin training. Much like changing a diet, the first place to start is by tracking what you currently do in order to develop what is known as a “baseline”. Creating this baseline, allows one to compare and contrast the effects of later training programs.
Climbing training is multi dimensional. Today’s climbers have many more training resources and tools at their disposal than in the past from bouldering to campusing, hang boards, rings, and the traditional weight room equipment. Keeping track of all these facets becomes difficult and time consuming. Obviously, to become better at climbing it is best to spend as much time as possible climbing. Gym climbing allows athletes an efficient way to use their time to improve their climbing. Climbing lots of routes in a relatively short gym session allows one to track all sorts of data points like: number pitches climbed, feet or meters climbed and terrain type to name a few.
The number of sends in any one session is a simple number to track but doesn’t account for the all potential information to analyze. A thorough analysis requires breaking down every data point each session and tracking this information over time. Tracking data quickly becomes complicated. Many companies have developed apps to track hangboards, campus boards and weight training. However, not much is available for climbers to track the full gym session experience. Ideally, gym climbers would benefit from one tool or app to consolidate all their indoor training efforts.
Gyms know exactly height of each of their walls. Wall height is just one attribute of the wall that is fixed and can be saved into a route management system. Feet or meters climbed is one data point that climbers like to track. But can be a bit of a pain to calculate on their own. The climber would have to know and keep track of the height of each wall at the gym, add up how many routes were sent per wall per session and add all this together. The gym knows how high each wall is, if the gym uses a route management system that includes this data, then all the climber would have to do is tick off sends and the system would do the rest of the work. This is just a simple example of how a route management system, like Klimbz, can support gym members and help them become better climbers.