Masterclasses with Neil Gresham
Neil Gresham is one of Britain’s best known and most experienced climbing coaches. On the first Sunday of December, first Saturday of January and first Sunday of February, he will be delivering four workshops (2 on training and 2 on technique on each day), which have been designed to help you get the very most from your sessions at Stronghold. The sessions last 1 hour and are ideally suited to anyone climbing between V2 and V5 who wishes to climb harder.
Maximum group size: 10 people, limited places available, book your place at reception or using the forms below.
Price: £15 per ticket (excludes entry)
TO BOOK: Click on the name of each workshop to be re-directed to the booking page.
These training sessions, led by Neil, will allow you to really up your game physically and get in the best climbing shape you can.
December 8th (11.30)
GET STRONGER FOR BOULDERING
Covers: structuring a bouldering session for strength, building explosive power, key tactics for working hard projects, and using a woody board.
December 8th (13.00)
ARM AND CORE STRENGTH TRAINING FOR CLIMBING
The best exercises for improving pull-up and lock-off strength, and how to strengthen your core for overhangs.
January 4th (11.30)
SUPPORTIVE GYM TRAINING FOR CLIMBERS
Train your opposition muscles to avoid injury, use the Suspension straps to build ‘crusher’ compression, and strengthen your core for overhanging climbing.
January 4th (13.00)
INTRODUCTION TO FINGERBOARD TRAINING
Build strong fingers for harder climbs, the best exercises and the correct grips to use, and other key tips for safe, effective training.
February 2nd (11.30)
WARMING UP AND FLEXIBILITY TRAINING
Warm-up to climb harder and avoid injury, essential supportive exercises and strategies explained. Flexibility exercises for tackling more gymnastic climbs.
February 2nd (13.00)
CIRCUIT BOARDS FOR ENDURANCE TRAINING
Boost your power-endurance for harder more sustained climbs - improve your ability to rest and recover on overhangs. Training protocol - setting the grade, number of laps and rest times explained.
Neil will guide you through key technical skills and drills, so that when you’re climbing you’re as efficient as possible.
December 8th (14.30)
IMPROVE YOUR MOVEMENT
‘Climb like a pro’ and move smoothly on steep terrain - the art of precision footwork.
Hone your mental skills and stay relaxed and focused when the climbing gets tough.
December 8th (16.00)
TECHNIQUES FOR OVERHANGING WALLS
Conserve energy and save arm strength using drop-knees and flagging. Read sequences and maintain stability.
January 4th (14.30)
SLABS AND ARETE CLIMBING
Trust your feet and master the subtleties of balance. Rock-overs, palming and mantleshelving explained - stay in control and avoid ‘barn-dooring’ on aretes.
January 4th (16.00)
How to make long jumps and dynos - use controlled momentum to make harder more powerful moves. An introduction to competition-style coordination problems.
February 2nd (14.30)
SLOPERS, VOLUMES AND COMPRESSION CLIMBING
How to feel comfortable and confident on slopers - Key body position and movement tips. Learn to use your heel and toe-hooks to ‘squeeze’ large features.
February 2nd (16.00)
SUPPORTIVE TACTICS - ROUTE READING AND VISUALISATION
The art of planning your sequence before you set out: learn to analyse and correct mistakes in order to climb harder problems with less time and effort.
Keep Getting Better
Masterclasses are an amazing way to take your first steps towards improving your climbing, or learn new skills to boost your training regimes. Neil is one of the UK’s foremost experts on training for climbing, so you’re in great hands.
If you want to improve even more, our coaches can help you develop a plan that will work your weaknesses to turn you into an even better climber, or they can ask Neil to help you with even more bespoke advice. The facilities at Stronghold are second-to-none for training and improvement, so you’ll never struggle for opportunities to work on any area: whether it’s finger strength, endurance or conditioning, the StrongGym has you covered.
About Neil Gresham
Neil Gresham is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices in performance coaching for climbing. He has been coaching and writing regular training articles for national magazines since 1993 and has pioneered many of the methods that are used widely by coaches today. Neil is the current training columnist for UKC.com and Rock & Ice in the USA. He has also authored a book on training (‘How to Climb – Training’, published by Rock & Ice in 2017) and co-authored a further three training books.
Neil has delivered coaching courses and seminars all over the world and has helped hundreds of climbers of all ages and ability levels to raise their game. When coaching, he draws heavily on his vast bank of climbing experience, having put up hard new routes in over fifteen different countries. He has climbed E10 trad, WI 7 on ice and in 2016 he climbed his first 8c+ at the age of 45 when he made the first ascent of Sabotage 8c+ at Malham Cove.
Neil also offers a personalized training program service and an online video analysis service at