It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or veteran climber, you will always benefit from training antagonistic muscles. It’s basically the best way of keeping those injuries at bay. If it’s your fingers and forearms then these are the ones to get, and best to get onto them sooner rather than later. PowerFingers are to fingers what the Theraband is to every other joint in your body.

 

If you’re lucky enough to not know what a Theraband is yet you should probably look into those too. Although, before I get too carried away, none of them will supplement consulting a physio or doctor first if you have any injuries you are worried about. However, if you want to get ahead of the curve when those aches and pains first materialise, having a read of something like Dave Mcleod’s Make or Break isn’t a bad shout and is very useful to dip in and out of.

 

Now that I’ve kinda covered my disclaimer for injuries, I can give you more information on the Powerfingers themselves or at least tell you what they say:

 

Powerfingers are designed with health and well being at the forefront. They allow you to effectively train the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow to improve strength and dexterity, and to both prevent and recover from injury.

 

With a background in Sport Physiology & Psychology from my university days I’ve always had good knowledge of training, conditioning, injury recovery and prevention. Adding to this my long list of injuries through my youth and well into my adulthood, I’ve seen my fair share of physio and sports injury clinics (it’s not always easy to practice what you preach). I find it refreshing to find modern injury rehabilitation and strengthening tools that are this effective, portable and, when considering the alternative, very cheap.

 

I’ve been using these on and off for a few years now, sometimes just for warming up on the way to the crag, and sometimes to keep me out of the physio’s office. When training and trying to climb near my limit, one of these will be in my climbing bag, next to the bed, in the car or in a jacket pocket at the crag. They are simply a great way of counterbalancing a lot of that pulling and squeezing us climbers do when climbing too much and overtraining on fingerboards etc. Please note that you should also learn to use them properly too!

 

They also make great gifts for tight friends who never stop moaning about fingers, forearms, elbows, and still never do anything about it but complain. We all have these friends and climbing partners and if you don’t then consider yourself lucky!

 

- Jack