Kilter board and other training boards….the essential element of all climbing gyms?

Training boards are getting more and more popular in the climbing gyms and for personal use at home.

They attract climbers from across the gym like a magnet. Why?

Training boards can make you stronger and add more fun to your gym climbing routine.  Gym owners also like them because they are a useful tool to both beginners and advanced climbers. They offer accessibility to new clients, and they provide an opportunity for progression. We know different training boards: Kilter board, Moon board, Tension board, Campus board but the two most popular are the Kilter board and the tension board.

Kilter San Sebastian

Kilter board and Moon board Big Walls Milano Training board v

These boards are compact, overhanging and littered with an assortment of LED-lit climbing holds. But the best part are the Smartphone apps that allow users to interact, set new problems, track their progress, and share all this information to social media.


The original Kilter Board has an inclination wall up to 70° and is suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced climbers since you can climb the same problems on different overhang. There are also a lot of different sets of holds to choose from and different wall sizes to climb on.

Citywall offers:

-12 x 12 setup – most suitable for bigger climbing gyms

-8 x 12 setup – suitable if your gym doesn’t have enough space for the full board

-7 x 10 setup

The advantage at Citywall is a new setup of Kilter board 16 x 12. Larger with more space to climb and many more boulder problems. We’ve installed the first one in climbing gym DerSteinbock Erlangen.

Kilter board 16 x 12 DerSteinbock Erlangen       Citywall Kilter board

Kilter board is best for:

  • climbers of all levels
  • warming up
  • training for super steep routes and boulders
  • power endurance and pure endurance training


Is essentially a training wall with a universal design, perfect for training dynamic moves and improving body tension. The Moon Board is designed to be either 25 or 40 ° overhanging and climbers can use the free moon board smartphone app and access the global network of user-generated problems. They can also submit their own problems and other climbers can try them or compete between them. The app data has many boulder problems ranging from 6a (V2) TO 8c (  V15).

The Moon Board is perfect for tracking your progress and perfecting technique, as climbing problems never change.

Moon board Boulderkeskus


Tension boards focus on finger strength and precision, providing an unparalleled feel for the rock. They work as a mirror board because they have a y-axis symmetry. Some climbers see this as a benefit, and they enjoy finding out the weak spots in their climbing.

Tension boards allow you to focus on micro-adjustments in your grip, which will ultimately lead to a tighter hold at the edge of your reach.


First invented by Wolfgang Güllich back in 1988, the Campus Board is the best tool for power and strength training, a must have for both intermediate and advanced climbers. The wooden holds and ledges typically used for the Campus Board are more friendly to the skin than plastic, and because they offer lower friction, the moves are heavier, making the training better.

Training on the Campus Board results in improvement of motor skill training, increased finger strength, greater lock off power and upper body strength. But careful, campus board has a high probability of injury if you start using them to early in your climbing career.

Campus board

If you are thinking to put any of this training board into your gym, and we recommend doing it, do not hesitate to contact us for more technical information and prices.