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vishnuepie


Sep 13, 2001, 6:05 PM
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i know when you're weight lifting and certain other sports, you are supposed to take the next day off in order to let the muscles grow stronger...well if i go climbing and then go again the next day, will the first day have been wasted as far as getting stronger is concerned


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They will build upon each other. If you take two days off, then your muscles should rebuild. But, it all depends on how hard you climb, as well.

So many variables.


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would it be, ud get what muscle growth that happened over the first night, but not a whole rest days worth, and then have the normal amount after the second day


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anyone else have any ideas?


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The important thing to remember is even weightlifting can be done every day. You just have to be smart about it.

By that I mean, that if you climb multiple days in a row (like I usually do) it's important to not do two hard days of climbing in a row. You can work your hardest climbs one day and then take a nice relaxing day of fun routes or bouldering, but don't push it.

More than not giving your muscles a chance to get stronger, you are risking serious injury to your muscles and, more importantly, your tendons. Cranking on pockets one day is a great workout, but pushing your luck with a second day on the same types of routes can wind you up in a sling or cast w/ popped tendons or torn muscles.

In fact, some studies (at least for weightlifting that I've read) show that a light workout, or simply stretching out, the day after a really hard workout helps your muscles to recuperate faster. Short of using creatine, andro or straight up steriods (which I definitely do not condone), this is the best way to increase your muscles' tolerance/endurance for climbing.

Remember: Doesn't hurt to climb every day, but remember to climb light after a hard day.

Mick
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About the best comparison I can think of is running.

Being in the military, I get the opportunity to run.....ALOT (since I really don't like to - even though i can, I still don't like it).

You all know that you can run every day without doing any real harm to your body - if you're smart about it. While you can run every day, you should not do sprints everyday, lest you damage your muscles by doing too many "power" workouts in a row; nor should you run more than 8 miles everyday, lest you put undo stress on the joints, ligaments and tendons of the ankles, knees and hips.

The key is to find balance - a light 2 miles on Monday; a quick 4 miles on Tuesday; sprints or circuits on Wednesday; light 2 miles on Thursday; and your LSD run (long slow distance) of 8 miles on Friday.

If you can find this same kind of balance in your climbing, you'll find you have stronger muscles and more endurance on those harder routes.

Good Climbing.
Mick


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