5. Dynamic Movement

In this video we review dynamic movement. Dynamic movement, in contrast to static movement, is a very gymnastic way of climbing. It includes the flashy move known as the “dyno”—an explosive way to gain upward movement.

It is often wise to move statically and methodically up the wall, staying balanced over your feet, with hips in close to the wall. But other times, you might need to psyche up and “throw” your body for a hold!

Considerations for dynamic movement include:

– Distance to the next hold

– The line of projection: the climber might partially (or completely) come off the wall in order to gain upward movement

– Location of the next hand holds

– Location of the next foot holds

– Breathing

– Strength required to make the move, and opportunities for rest and recovery

– Committing, mentally and physically, to the move

– Risk management: Where the rope will run in relation to the climber, and any obstacles or other potential safety concerns.

Advanced climbing techniques include both dynamic and static movement. Collecting an assortment of moves in your climbing “tool kit” and learning to apply the right ones at the right time will help you improve, have fun, and may even reduce the risk of chronic overuse injuries.

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.