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Post by Hann » Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:32 pm

Any opinions on Hangboards?

I'd like to either manufacture one, buy one, use the grips that I already have etc.

Is it any good for fitness or only good for strength training?

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Re: Hangboard

Post by Streaky » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:36 pm

After many years of not thinking that hangboards where that useful I have just recently become the proud owner of a Beastmaker (http://www.beastmaker.co.uk/). :thumleft:

Hann, I also thought that it would only be useful for power and finger strength but it is in fact also a very useful tool for Power Endurance. Ethan Pringle has a very good 20 minute session comprising dead hangs and pull ups all completed on the minute (google it) - the initiation version will leave you completely wasted, and then there is the moderate and difficult (30min) versions after that!

Also being a wooden board I find I can supplement my normal training at walls and rock easily without destroying my finger strength. If you are looking to make your own I would definitely try to use wooden grips as there is nothing worse than the thought of torturing yourself on a rough and sharp hangboard!
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Re: Hangboard

Post by Mark » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:38 pm

Hi, I have one, it works quite well for strength and it gets you pumped pretty fast (especially if you are hanging completely free) but it feels very different / awkward compared to normal climbing and you dont achieve any of the normal movements / aerobic side of things. In my opinion it would be far better to build a mini wall (even if it is a matter of 6 grips on a small board inverted at 45 degrees from the wall) - I think you would get a lot more useful movement out of it and it would be far more interesting to mess around on (ie you would use it more). The dead hangs and lock off's on my hangboard are pretty dull.

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Re: Hangboard

Post by jeff » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:08 pm

Hi Hann

Have 2 hangboards, willing to sell, make me an offer. :-)


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Re: Hangboard

Post by dom » Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:22 am

The Beastmaker is the only game in town when it comes to hangboards. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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