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In Vertical Mind, Don McGrath and Jeff Elison teach rock climbers how to improve their mental game so they can climb better and have more fun. They teach how the latest research in brain science and psychology can help you retrain your mind and body for higher levels of rock climbing performance, while also demonstrating how to train and overcome fears and anxiety that hol In Vertical Mind, Don McGrath and Jeff Elison teach rock climbers how to improve their mental game so they can climb better and have more fun. They teach how the latest research in brain science and psychology can help you retrain your mind and body for higher levels of rock climbing performance, while also demonstrating how to train and overcome fears and anxiety that hold you back. Finally, they teach climbing partners how to engage in co-creative coaching and help each other improve as climbers. With numerous and practical step-by-step drills and exercises, in a simple to follow training framework, your path to harder climbing has never been clearer. If you are a climber who wants to climb harder and have more fun climbing, then Vertical Mind is required reading. Well, what's stopping you? Pick it up and get training today!


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In Vertical Mind, Don McGrath and Jeff Elison teach rock climbers how to improve their mental game so they can climb better and have more fun. They teach how the latest research in brain science and psychology can help you retrain your mind and body for higher levels of rock climbing performance, while also demonstrating how to train and overcome fears and anxiety that hol In Vertical Mind, Don McGrath and Jeff Elison teach rock climbers how to improve their mental game so they can climb better and have more fun. They teach how the latest research in brain science and psychology can help you retrain your mind and body for higher levels of rock climbing performance, while also demonstrating how to train and overcome fears and anxiety that hold you back. Finally, they teach climbing partners how to engage in co-creative coaching and help each other improve as climbers. With numerous and practical step-by-step drills and exercises, in a simple to follow training framework, your path to harder climbing has never been clearer. If you are a climber who wants to climb harder and have more fun climbing, then Vertical Mind is required reading. Well, what's stopping you? Pick it up and get training today!

30 review for Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Very insight read into the psychology of climbing and fear. I think this will be a very useful tool in upping my game, and honestly helping to replace negative scripts in my head. The section on co-creative coaching was interesting with how talking can help or hinder progress, and really could be useful in any type of relationship. Now to apply it to my climbing!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This book is incredibly thought provoking and a stellar read. If you have any desire to improve your climbing ability this is an absolute must-read. We focus so much on the physical component of training, but this sheds light on the mental capacities that must be developed to further your progress. On top of aiding my climbing mind, I feel like it has also brought awareness to maladaptive scripts I use in other activities as well. It provides a great framework to focus on progress and help you t This book is incredibly thought provoking and a stellar read. If you have any desire to improve your climbing ability this is an absolute must-read. We focus so much on the physical component of training, but this sheds light on the mental capacities that must be developed to further your progress. On top of aiding my climbing mind, I feel like it has also brought awareness to maladaptive scripts I use in other activities as well. It provides a great framework to focus on progress and help you to improve.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mykolas

    Great read that I would recommend to pretty much everyone who is willing to improve their lives or athletic performance. Sure this is a climbing book so most examples are focused on climbing and most issues discussed are climbing related, but almost everything can be translated to any other althletic activity or life in general. Climbing is a strange. For me it is purely a hobby, I am not even a good climber by any means, not internationally, not locally, not at my gym and not even among my frien Great read that I would recommend to pretty much everyone who is willing to improve their lives or athletic performance. Sure this is a climbing book so most examples are focused on climbing and most issues discussed are climbing related, but almost everything can be translated to any other althletic activity or life in general. Climbing is a strange. For me it is purely a hobby, I am not even a good climber by any means, not internationally, not locally, not at my gym and not even among my friends, however it is still a big part of my life and my identity. This has led to numerous problems, for example fear of failure and even unhealthy amount of time spent climbing or training for climbing, to the point where I would feel frustrated to skip a training session to have a beer with friends. This book will adrress many such problems and ways to overcome these crippling habits. I want to improve my climbing, I also want to have a healthier relationship with my favorite activity and I want to have more fun and less negative emotioms and thoughts when I am out climbimg, so I had a very open mind while reading this book hence it reflected greatly to me. I found many areas to fix on my approach to climbing and life in general with great tips and advices how to achieve that. To incorporate what I've learned to my life and climbing and actually improve is now up to me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Pretty good, but I liked Espresso Lessons: From the Rock Warrior's Way better. Pretty good, but I liked Espresso Lessons: From the Rock Warrior's Way better.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    The best book on climbing I have read! The authors are highly entertaining (I honestly laughed out loud while reading it) and they offer tons of ways to think about the way you climb as well as activities to train and reinforce new ways of thinking and perceiving. I have already started implementing many of the activities and thought processes into my climbing training, and I've seen changes and gains already. The mental aspect of climbing is at least as important as both the physical and techni The best book on climbing I have read! The authors are highly entertaining (I honestly laughed out loud while reading it) and they offer tons of ways to think about the way you climb as well as activities to train and reinforce new ways of thinking and perceiving. I have already started implementing many of the activities and thought processes into my climbing training, and I've seen changes and gains already. The mental aspect of climbing is at least as important as both the physical and technical. If you're looking for a way to develop your mental skills, definitely read this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Suffers from the same issues as most self help books. Lots of buzzwords and psychology slapped on haphazardly. Many self help books marketed as psychology-based will gather every theory that might possibly be related, and then apply them liberally with no care of how relevant they actually are in an attempt to lend credibility. While there is no doubt a lot of sound theory here, it was an absolute slog with an extra large helping of fluff to round out the page count. Quoting Deepak Chopra does n Suffers from the same issues as most self help books. Lots of buzzwords and psychology slapped on haphazardly. Many self help books marketed as psychology-based will gather every theory that might possibly be related, and then apply them liberally with no care of how relevant they actually are in an attempt to lend credibility. While there is no doubt a lot of sound theory here, it was an absolute slog with an extra large helping of fluff to round out the page count. Quoting Deepak Chopra does nothing to lend to the credibility.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    This was not a cover to cover read for me, but I've picked it up a couple times to read certain chapters that are applicable to struggles I've been having. It's a really useful read! The climbing rope coil brain on the cover is really cool, too. Too bad it isn't shown here on Goodreads. :p This was not a cover to cover read for me, but I've picked it up a couple times to read certain chapters that are applicable to struggles I've been having. It's a really useful read! The climbing rope coil brain on the cover is really cool, too. Too bad it isn't shown here on Goodreads. :p

  8. 4 out of 5

    Felix

    missed a good summary at the end of the book otherwise great insights

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Smith

    Really good tactics for conquering the climbing mindset. Unfortunately only giving it 3, as I listened to it on audio, and found it very hard to listen to the narrator...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Clark

    Very applicable to the mental aspect of Rock climbing. A must read to push your grade to the next level.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Bergh

    Its good information, however the jokes are not needed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Weber

    I haven't read a book on 'mental training' for climbing before. I found this book to be so refreshing for targeting the non-physical things that have been holding me back: fear of failure / fear of falling / ego, etc. I highlighted a bunch, but probably should have highlighted more. So much of this is applicable to my sport... I just hope I stick to some of the suggestions for how to change my scripts (over gripping, letting negative thoughts creep in, comparing myself to others, etc.) Highly rec I haven't read a book on 'mental training' for climbing before. I found this book to be so refreshing for targeting the non-physical things that have been holding me back: fear of failure / fear of falling / ego, etc. I highlighted a bunch, but probably should have highlighted more. So much of this is applicable to my sport... I just hope I stick to some of the suggestions for how to change my scripts (over gripping, letting negative thoughts creep in, comparing myself to others, etc.) Highly recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jake McCrary

    Another good entry into the improving mental performance subset of rock climbing books. Focuses on recognizing and changing maladaptive scripts that are holding climbers back. Oddly enough it also encourages some non-mental improvements, such as backstepping, which seemed out of place with the books main topic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tomek

    Part psychology textbook part platitude. Not nearly as good as Espresso Lessons or Maximum Climbing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Terry Pierce

    Good book about the psychology of rock climbing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Neal Royal

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Faulkner

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Evans

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Dobrev

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Landaverde

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tomas Pena

  25. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Fischer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andres

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ben Collins

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Bell

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