- The Zlagboard is the first device that allows you to follow a structured training schedule in an uncomplicated way.
- Pro Plans: The Pro Plans have been developed specifically for progressive workout, leading you through an intensive training over a period of one to three months. The program designers, like Patxi Usobiaga (Patxitraining.com), Patrick and Dicki (Gimme Kraft) are professional trainers. Many world class climbers trust in their know-how and experience.
- Workouts: The workouts are single training units that have been designed specifically for each board. They demand your full physical effort and are ideal for burning off energy from time to time. The workout sessions are an optimal addition to regular climbing on rock or in the gym.
- Custom Plans: The custom plan feature allows you to design individual workouts. You can define the training series yourself, choosing holds, hang and pause times as well as exercice repetitions and rest times. Up to 20 workouts can be saved, retrieved and edited.
- Jugs, Slopers (10/35°), Crimps/Pockets (10-45mm)
- Alder wood board on steel frame
- Weight: 7kg
So, firstly you need to find an appropriate place to set up the Zlagboard Pro at home, or your training space. Making sure that wherever you place it, that the substrate you attach it to can support your weight, with potentially additional weight.
Once the Zlagboard Pro has been set up, if used in conjunction with the Zlagboard app, it will ask you to attach you phone to the silicone phone holder. Start the process, and follow the instructions on the app. It will work out the level of the hang board, and the pivot level of when you hang on it.
The Zlagboard Pro fingerboard is mounted on a steel frame, and moves down by about 1cm when weighted. The mechanism inside in turn tilts the phone holder.
Please see the diagram below, here you will clearly see what holds there are available on the Zlagboard Pro. From big jugs and slopers, to 2, 3 and 4 finger sized pockets.
Personally, I will always choose a wooden training board over a plastic/resin one, as it is more finger friendly. The Zlagboard Pro is made from alder. Although a soft wood, it has a long life and durability.
The feel of the Zlagboard Pro fingerboard feels kind to the skin. Like most fingerboards, they need a little wearing in before you get the best performance on them.
If I had to be very critical, some of the pockets could do with being a little more rounded off, to be more finger friendly. As opposed to being cut in at almost right angle. Again, this is a minor issue.
The Zlagboard Pro has the right amount of holds available. Again, this is down to personal choice as well. Some people may prefer, steeper slopers, and possibly some one-finger pockets. But no fingerboard has it all.
Use of Zlagoard Pro and app
Before starting any of the training plans within the app, it will ask you to do as many pull ups, and a duration hang on the 20mm edges. Make sure you are feeling rested before trying this. Once completed the app will suggest you what level of training plans you should follow. Personally, I am not so good at doing pull ups, and having climbing for a fair few years, I jumped straight into the deep end.
The design of the board is very clever. When you weight the hangboard, the mechanism inside attached to springs, will lower the board. This in turn tilts your phone. So, the counter knows when to start, and stop. Hence, giving you a precise workout time, and never any inaccuracies, or cheating.
The app also tracks your training progression over the weeks, and holds the information on the completion of the tasks.