Hi, my name is Steve Nichipor, I'm a professional mountain guide with Bretton Woods Ski Resort, and I'm going to show you rock climbing conditioning exercises. As with many activities, climbers tend to focus on the climbing itself. However, developing a strong core and overall fitness will help you climb better and prevent injuries in the long run. Exercises such as running, cycling and cross-country skiing can help improve your overall fitness and strength to weight ratio. Developing a strong core will help you save your finger strength and climb more efficiently. Front and side bridges are a great way to strengthen your abdominal muscles. For a front bridge, lie face down on an exercise mat or rug, place your fists next to each other and spread your elbows about body-width apart. Lift your body up, keeping your head, neck and spine straight. Hold this pose for as long as you comfortably can up to one minute, then stretch your abs by keeping your legs on the floor and arching your back. Side bridges are a good exercise that strengthen your hip abductors and other core muscles. Lie on your side and lift your body to a straight position with your weight only on your forearm and foot. Hold this for as long as you comfortably can up to a minute, and then stretch. Be sure to do this exercise on both sides so that you stay balanced.