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Mar 31, 2013, 6:32 AM

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Re: [NeutralNovice] Big guy, new to climbing (indoors)!
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Hey, dude. Hang in there and keep at it. When I started out I weighed 330 lbs. and had asthma so bad I needed a rescue inhaler to walk up a steep hill.

I'm currently down 110 lbs and still losing. I did it with lots of indoor training (garage woody), distance running, sport climbing and controlling my diet. Also kicked the asthma. Haven't used an inhaler in months.

Focus on good technique when you climb. Initiate your upward movement with your feet. Being a heavy climber will only limit you as much as you let it. Start hitting up your steep wall staying on BIG holds. Build up that endurance for holding on without tweaking your fingers. It'll take you a few years to build your tendon strength.

Most importantly: control your calorie intake and STICK to your cardio routine. (I like distance running. It also made my Elvis leg syndrome disappear.) If you stick to it, you can use your weight to your advantage, building strength with climbing while decreasing weight through diet and cardio. It's a one-two punch.

And stop focusing on the grade! Or amount of pitches in a day. Think about your last hard route. How many people in your weight range have done that? It's too weird to compare your own climbing against a much lighter climber's. Do what you can and try to push it on occasion.

Have fun. Climb safe.

(This post was edited by JStark42 on Mar 31, 2013, 9:22 AM)

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