matt grant

feel the focus

Climbing isn’t just about physical preparation.

In fact it’s only a very small factor when it comes to performance.

Getting our bodies to the required level of fitness isn’t that difficult. But we also have to train our minds not to get in the way.

This is true across all activities, not just climbing.

I recently started to overhaul my training with a consideration for all aspects.

I’m happy with where I am from a physical perspective. I know how I want to spend my time. Utilising input from a number of different sources, I’ve come up with something that I believe will take me in the right direction over the next 3 months.

That’s how long I’m going run this experiment, under these conditions and with these parameters. Then I can take stock, see what’s working and what’s not and adjust accordingly.

So for now I just need to do it.

But I know that the majority of the execution will be decided by how effectively I can apply myself. My mental approach.

How my mind behaves all throughout the day. My stress levels, both generally and in climbing specific scenarios. Where my focus is during the limited time I have in the gym. The choices I make. The situations I put myself in. How I respond.

As someone with a very logical approach, the physical realm is somewhat comfortable territory. The psychological? N=1. Let’s see what I can find.