Maintaining proper form while climbing is extremely important in order to keep your muscles and joints safe and to prevent strain. Although good form is intuitive on the CLMBR, it’s still important to be actively thinking about good body position, especially when you become fatigued.
In order to protect your back and neck, make sure that your spine is at a 75 degree angle and your torso is parallel to the uprights. Spinal alignment should be kept in a neutral position, and your chest should remain open with your shoulders pinched down and back to avoid hunching and to reinforce good posture.
Your spine and torso should remain as still as possible and avoid shifting and swaying through the hips. Less movement in the torso will activate your abdominals, helping to strengthen the core and protect your lower back from potential injury.
Your feet should be placed in the center of the pedal and secured with the footstrap. Knees should remain in line with the ankles. When the knees shift past the toes, it can cause pressure on the joints and tendons. Your lower body should remain in a squat position, sitting back into your glutes and quads. Ensure there is no rounding or arching of the back. The deeper you sit back into the squat, the more muscle activation you will feel.
A light grip on the handlebars should be maintained throughout the entire workout. Squeezing the handlebars too tight can result in tension in the hands, neck, and shoulders. Keep the wrists long and relaxed.
Correct handlebar position is vital to proper form on the CLMBR. In order to adjust the handlebars to your height, place both feet on the pedals and stand up straight, leveling your feet out with one another. Grab the handles to stabilize yourself and take a look at the ten vertical handlebar settings (1-10) on the left and right uprights of your CLMBR.
The handlebars move up or down and should be adjusted to shoulder height or slightly below for the most comfortable climb.
To move the handle bars up or down, pull the lever and slide the handle bars to your desired height. Push the lever down to secure the setting. Correct handlebar positioning ensures you are getting proper range of motion and maintaining good form.