August 06, 2021
We are all chasing strength gains in one way or another and finger strength is no exception.
So which hangboard do I choose? With so many on the market these days from wood, plastic and polyurethane, I thought I would share my thoughts on my choices.
I definitely go for wood. A smooth timber finish is friendliest on the skin and natural materials look good anywhere you wish to hang it, whether its in the shed, the basement or the hallway inside.
The Beastmaker 1000 and 2000 are my go-to. Beastmaker is a company of die-hard climbing enthusiasts from the UK and are renowned for their awesome basement training areas (check out their Instagram!).
The 1000 is a perfect allrounder
The 1000 is a perfect allrounder with jugs on top for strength work and warming up, a variety of pockets, loads of slots with different depths and a couple of good slopers on the top. Along with a perfect pad edge on the bottom for benchmark testing and hanging, this board has everything you need to train hard and track progress.
The 2000 is aimed more at the advanced-to-elite climber
The 2000 is aimed more at the advanced-to-elite climber, as good finger strength foundation base is required to get the most out of it. The 2000 has no jugs, and instead more intense finger combos such as monos, and a benchmark pad edge in the bottom centre of the board. It makes a good option for transitioning into more one-arm hangs and one arm pulling work.
At my house I've got both Beastmaker 1000 and 2000 boards setup; the 1000 for warming up and general strength training, and the 2000 for targeting specific areas of weakness.
If you are new to hangboarding, speak to a gear expert at Mont, for advice on where to start, as well as some tips on maximising return and injury prevention.
By Mont staff member and climber, Kale McCauley.
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