6. Hangboard – Typewriters

Here we continue our review of how to use a hangboard for climbing fitness. The Typewriter exercise helps develop power for your back and shoulders.

Start by grabbing onto the easier holds of the hangboard in a locked-off position, bent at elbows with head at hand-level. Then you begin transferring your weight from left to right, keeping your head at the same level.

Variations for this exercise to increase difficulty include slowing down the movement from side to side, so you feel a more intense burn. Alternatively you can stagger the movement in one direction, much like the motion of a typewriter.

Similar to the Repeaters exercise, we recommend you perform this Typewriter exercise on the  hangboard for 7 seconds, then rest for 3 seconds. Do 7 sets over the course of 1 min 10 seconds. Once you build up endurance and no longer feel pumped after 7 seconds, either increase the hang time or add weight (by wearing a something like a weight vest or belt).

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!


Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.