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Maximum Climbing: Mental Training for Peak Performance and Optimal Experience (Falcon Guides How to Climb) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. April 2010

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"There are volumes of books on how to train your body for climbing, but Maximum Climbing teaches you how to climb better by flexing the most critical muscle the three pound one between your ears. Using a highly detailed step-by-step process that is clearly presented for beginner to expert climbers, Eric Horst instructs on mental training. His book runs that gamut from A to Z, but my favorites include how to manage fear, build confidence, and focus three areas all of us need to work on by, until now, didn t even know where to begin. Duane Raleigh, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Rock and Ice For anyone interested in learning more about how the mind works and how important psychological factors are in determining the quality of our experience and performance, Maximum Climbing is a useful and fascinating read. In this powerful text, Horst presents an impressive collection of mental training techniques, practice exercises, and insights for climbers at all levels of ability. Lynn Hill, first woman to climb 5.14 Eric Horst s Maximum Climbing fills a deep need for a training book that explores the broad array of elements that make a climber, fully integrating the physical, technical, mental, and spiritual. This is a book as much about the soul as grit, as inspiring as it is educational. Susan E. B. Schwartz, author of Into the Unknown: The Remarkable Life of Hans Kraus Eric Horst s new book Maximum Climbing, provides climbers with a clear path to athletic mastery. As a climber and performance coach, I ve sought out every piece of information I could find on improving athletic performance. Use the methods put forth in this book, and you will improve; not just as a climber, but as a human being. Steve Bechtel, CSCC, Elemental Training Center Dissolving the illusion of mind/body separation, Eric Horst s Maximum Climbing shows the way to achieve what I like to call one s Vertical Path: a completely holistic state of being in which the spirit the essence of climbing is woven into the tapestries of our lives. John Gill, legendary boulderer and master of rock"


As physical as climbing is, it is even more mental. Ultimately, people climb with their minds hands and feet are merely extensions of their thoughts and will. Becoming a master climber requires that you first master your mind.In Maximum Climbing, America's best-selling author on climbing performance presents a climber's guide to the software of the brain one that will prove invaluable whether your preference is bouldering, sport climbing, traditional climbing, or mountaineering. Eric Horst brings unprecedented clarity to the many cognitive and neurophysical aspects of climbing and dovetails this information into a complete program. He sets forth three stages of mental training that correspond to beginner, intermediate, and elite levels of experience and commitment the ideal template to build upon to personalize your goals through years of climbing to come."

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HASH(0x9ce023a8) von 5 Sternen Read widely to expand your knowledge 11. Juni 2010
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I have learned the most by reading widely; other authors, other perspectives. Reading Maximum Climbing, I have learned a different dimension of mental training. Eric's in-depth presentation of brain training, practical exercises, and cognitive practices, give us insights into the mental game. I have gained some insights from Maximum Climbing. You can too."
--Arno Ilgner
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HASH(0x9ce47a38) von 5 Sternen A great book to help you take your climbing to the next level 12. Januar 2011
Von Genevieve Swan Hathaway - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Maximum Climbing is a great resource to help one improve their climbing through mental and physical training. It's a meaty book, packed full of information, ideas and training tips. Unlike many other training books out there, it requires the reader to consider and analyze one's approach and how one relates to climbing. The quality of the information lends this book to being one that many readers will be able refer back to over the years as they climb at harder and harder grades.

The overarching premise of Maximum Climbing is that climbing is more mental than physical. We can improve our climbing greatly by being masters of our brains and how they interact with our bodies. Whether a novice or someone who has been climbing for so many years it's in the double digits; this book has information and tips for everyone. Maximum Climbing focuses on improving one's climbing ability through mental and physical training. Even though this book focuses on training for sport climbing, trad climbing, bouldering, mountaineering and ice climbing, many of the ideas and insight Horst presents can be applied to other sports.

Horst begins the book by explaining what is a "Maximum Climbing" program. "Maximum climbing," Horst states, "is born from the will and skill of the brain, and the spite of our physical limitations." He then continues on with a study of brain physiology and the process of neuroplasticity. He covers the process by which the brain assimilates, learns and directs skilled movements. For those who are deterred by too much nitty-gritty science details, do not fear, the author presents this information in an informative, engaging manner, but does not dwell too long on it either. Horst proceeds to explain how the brain governs the recruitment of the muscles and thus restricts the climber's maximum level of strength and stamina as a protective mechanism. And then, what we all want to know, how to get around this restriction. The book puts forth that this overprotective "central governor" can be recallibrated upward the maximum threshold through specialized training techniques to enhance strength, power, muscular endurance and stamina.

After Horst covers brain physiology and functions of the mind and how to train the brain, he then moves into mental training. The whole time though continuing to discuss the relationship between the mind and the body, connecting feeling with doing, and thought with feeling and doing. He discusses the cognitive realm of thoughts, fears, concentration, habits, strategy, and how to improve self-awareness. The author then covers how to make tiny course corrections quickly that will maximize one's chances of completing a difficult climb.

At this point, you may be asking, "How do I control my physical and mental state, since that will dramatically help me improve my climbing?" Horst dives right into that question, explaining how one controls both their mental and physical states. Not only giving concrete steps on how one does this, but also giving physiological and psychological explanations that are easy to understand and follow. He gives self-regulation strategies for optimizing ones' mental, physical and emotional states.

He then covers organizing and focusing one's energy, goal setting, and mental skills needed to maintain concentration and manage fear in the face of technical difficulty, physical stress and unexpected adversity. Horst not only discusses the skills, but also explains how to implement and master them. He asks the reader to be an active participant, not just to passively see what he presents and then forget it the next time one steps up to a crag or a mountain. He challenges and engages the reader to analyze and apply what he discusses. Improving concentration, having good focus and managing fear is something that all climbers, to some degree, have to deal with and could benefit from many of his insights.

Horst rounds off the mental training section with a discussion of how to program ones' mind and helpful behavior modification techniques for improving conscious and unconscious brain function. He then lays out a training program for maximum climbing, no matter what skill level you are at - beginner, intermediate or elite levels of experience and commitment to climbing.

The fundamental idea at the heart of Maximum Climbing is in fact rather simple. People climb with their minds. Climbing is more mental than physical. So then comes the question, with that knowledge how does one become a better climbing? Horst tackles this head on in Maximum Climbing and the result is a rich book filled with information and enough concrete examples that the reader can both understand the idea being conveyed and easily apply it to their climbing and training. One note on reading this book, it's dense. The reader may find it easier to digest, take in and apply to one's climbing and training by reading it in smaller sections rather than trying to finish it quickly. Maximum Climbing is well worth the purchase and the time taken to read it.
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HASH(0x9ce02a08) von 5 Sternen Really good book. 12. März 2013
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I enjoyed this book all the way through and I will keep this one in my personal library.I went on to read Todd Skinner's book and I feel these are classic.
HASH(0x9ce026a8) von 5 Sternen Been waiting for this 21. Mai 2012
Von cliffhanger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been waiting for this kind of information to show up in the context which interests me most.
I've always felt the mental/emotional context is most important and most malleable. This book appears to represent a huge amount of research from a vast amount of resources offering an unlimited pool of knowledge and tools to take yourself wherever you want to go in all facets of your life - if you have the discipline and deep desire. My athletic endeavors always felt like prep and practice for the rest of life as well as the sport - Mental Training is mental training. You give it direction - and here is a guide to help.
HASH(0x9ce47048) von 5 Sternen Maximum Climbing by Eric Horst. 27. März 2014
Von David A. Pedersen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm always trying to self educate and improve at the activities I pursue. Being older now, thoughtful and productive training is key for my road to improvement in the climbing I do. this book is fascinating and for me has been quite useful leading to real improvement in my climbing, both the mechanics and psychological challenges that I face. It has great crossover to life in general. an interesting and insightful read. Eric's books are great in my view. I highly recommend this book. It's a great resource to be used over and over again.
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