4 Climbing Apps for Android All New Climbers Should Check Out
So you’ve just discovered climbing—congratulations and welcome to a whole new world of fun and pain! Jokes aside, climbing is an exciting sport for all ages and is a superb way to improve your overall fitness and whole-body strength.
While climbing doesn’t need to be competitive, it is addictive and you will soon find yourself itching to complete harder and harder routes.
Like in any sport, if you’re truly looking to improve, you’ll need to put in the hours and start some sort of training regime. Whether you’ve just started bouldering, top-rope climbing, or lead climbing, these four Android apps should help you both on and off the wall.
Do You Need Apps to Improve Your Climbing?
Before we go any further, it’s important to remember that as a beginner climber, the best way to improve is simply to climb. In fact, many experienced climbers will steer beginners away from training as it’s much easier to get injured when your body has yet to become accustomed to the stresses and strains of pulling yourself up a wall.
Suppose you are keen to accelerate your improvement and feel that you’re ready to start taking your training more seriously. In that case, so long as you are careful and conscious of your abilities, there’s no reason why you can’t begin incorporating additional workouts and finger training into your climbing routine.
Without further ado, here are four apps that will dramatically help you to improve your climbing.
Crimpd is a fantastic training app for beginner climbers. The free version of the app contains dozens of workouts both on and off the climbing wall that are designed to help you improve all areas of your climbing. Workouts are broken down into four key sections: Endurance, Power Endurance, Strength & Power, and Conditioning.
With Crimpd, you don’t need to worry about complex climbing lingo because every workout is expertly explained and those that require more explanation also feature videos.
Once you’ve completed a workout, you’ll have the option to log it into the app which will then add it to your workout history and allow you to see a breakdown of your training in the analytics section.
While there are tons of free workouts on Crimpd to choose from, if you want to build your own custom training plan, then you’ll need to upgrade to Crimpd+ for a monthly fee of around $15.
MyClimb is another great app for both novice and experienced climbers. Like Crimpd, the app contains a ton of fantastic workouts, but what sets it apart is the ability to log climbs and track your progress. Tracking climbs is a great way to see how far you’ve come and can be helpful when you’re trying to jump up to a new degree of difficulty.
When setting up your profile in the MyClimb app, you can also create custom goals, and if you like to climb with friends or feel as though you’re a part of a community, then there are virtual global challenges you can take part in.
Like Crimpd, the workouts on the MyClimb app are thoroughly explained and many also come with handy videos to ensure that you do each move correctly.
If you find yourself stuck on a particular route or boulder problem, or would like a professional climber to help you improve your technique, then the app can also connect you with a number of climbing trainers for a small fee.
If Crimpd and MyClimb are a bit too much for you and you just want a simple app that can help you to create and keep track of your fingerboard workouts, then BoulderFIT could be the app for you.
BoulderFIT is essentially a customizable interval timer, making it easy to create your own hangboard workouts. Once you’ve set up and started your workout, the app transforms into a visual timer with an animated background. It beeps or vibrates to help you keep track of whether you should be hanging or resting.
If you tend to stick to the same couple of hangboard workouts, then these can be favorited to come back to again and again.
While BoulderFIT may not provide the same quantity of workouts as Crimpd or MyClimb, when it comes to hangboarding, simplicity is often best.
The only main downside to BoulderFIT for beginner climbers is that it does not come with any pre-loaded hangboard workouts and therefore requires at least some knowledge of hangboarding to be able to set up and use the timer safely and correctly.
Download: BoulderFIT (Free, in-app purchases available)
4. Rock Climbing Grade Converter
Lastly, if you find climbing grades confusing, then you’re not alone. Rock climbing is rated in different grade systems in different countries. This makes it tricky to keep track of your progress or gauge how difficult a climb is if the grading system is not one that you’re used to.
Even in the same country, climbing gyms may use different grading systems, in which case having a grade converter on your phone will make your life a lot easier.
With this Rock Climbing Grade Converter app, you can customize your homepage to show the grades you want to convert, and then simply adjust the grade you know, and all of the other grades will change accordingly.
Download: Rock Climbing Grade Converter (Free)
Keep Your Phone Safe While You Climb
Heights and mobile phones don’t often mix. If you’re going to take your phone climbing with you, then be sure to leave it safely on the ground or have it attached securely to your person. While most bouldering gyms have nice soft mats for your mobile phone to land on, they may not be enough to save your device if you then land on top of it.
We hope you have fun climbing!
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