I’m simply just interested in other people’s experiences. I don’t think one way is better than another as long as it works for you in reaching your goals in the most timely fashion possible.
Some people can learn by reading. Others just need to watch others. Most people probably need a mix of visual plus explanation. And of course, there’s the less athletically inclined that need one-on-one, hands-on instruction.
Personally, I’ve always been very good at mimicking. Anything. I’ve been climbing less than a year, and I have gotten very very little instruction from other [more experienced] climbers. Almost all of my movement/technique has been learned by watching dvd’s and other climbers in the gym. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a better than average athlete in most sports either. Lucky me, eh?
What’s your story?