Front lever cycling is a simpler form of slope balance. With this exercise you train your body tension very intensively. This will benefit you when climbing steep and overhanging routes.

Contribution by Christoph Völker from

Front Lever Cycling is an exercise on the pull-up bar and the easier version of the Hangwaage. Alternately pull up one leg while trying to hang from the bar with your upper body horizontal and your arms almost straight.

This is how the front lever cycling exercise works on the pull-up bar

execution and effect

Try to do 4 sets of 5 to 12 seconds each. Break about 2 minutes. The cleanest possible execution is important. That means keeping your back straight and horizontal, your arms stretched out as much as possible and not letting your hips sag. The exercise trains the body tension very intensively for steep terrain when climbing.

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Credits: Cover picture Christoph Völker/