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metoliusmunchkin


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Karate!! I have just received my Orange Belt in Karate. I feel really good about this. I have found in the past, and still today, that my skill in Karate have complimented my skills in climbing. In certain Karate enduced activities, I am working certain muscle groups, which aid me in striving for success in climbing. In Karate we do certain abdominal muscle workouts, I have found that this has helped me when I swing of a roof tight to the floor and am forced to bring my knees and legs close to my stomach.

I also love to downhill ski, and have been doing so since I was 3 years old. This has developed my quad muscles, which have helped me when I was in need of superior leg strength for certain climbing moves.

Which pushes me to ask this question: 'How many of you take part in physical sports that you have noticed have helped/complimented your climbing skills?'

Thanks for your time!
~P.a.t.


rck_climber


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Well, being in the military, I get to do PT (physical training) every day that provides me with a good, base physical fitness and cardiovascular endurance. I then get to do lots of rope climbing and obstacle courses, which also aid in my overall fitness and keeps my balance and upper body in check. But only climbing truly isolates those muscles and allows me to scale the rock better.

Mick


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I've said before in other forums, Yoga, mental crosstraining.
Breathing, very important
Concentration...

Crunches: my favorite: painful, but rock!!
Especially Throw downs.
Dips...I think their called...
Sports, maybe not...but, good crosstraining and mental cleansing.

my two cents...
T


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I was a private Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee's Fighting Systems)instructor before I started climbing and working on the road, now I have no time to devote to my students.

JKD Concepts are great for climbing, both mental and physical. Confidence, and at 35, I can still do the splits to the floor, good flexibility.


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I polevault and run track and xc for my highschool. The combination of those gives me the strength without the weight that helps me in climbing.


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I'm a lover not a fighter.
(Said like Austin Powers, meant to be real cheasy.)


metoliusmunchkin


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Jeet Kun Do! Rrradam: that is soo awesome, to even be in the same catagory of martial arts as Bruce Lee. He was in great shape! I have never seen someone so in tune with thier own body as Bruce, and his legacy still lives on today.

Oh, and rrradam, I could take you on!
Haaaaiiiiahh!!!

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I think the best cross training sport for climbing, hands down, is table tennis.



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Beer chugging! or Co-ed mud wrestling.
and of course the waving smiley


metoliusmunchkin


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No, but seriously guys, are there any specific training techniques that you guys have incorperated as crosstraining for climbing, or as a daily fitness routine?

This would be a great topic for an article, I am considering writing one about this subject.


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Freestyle skiing - balance and strength
Cheerleading - flexibility and technique
weight lifting - strength











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Sorry for joking around munchkin.

Seriously, I think that gymnastics is good cross training. Too bad that I missed out on that one while I was growing up. And too bad they don't have gymnastics classes for adults (or do they?). All the gymnasts I know of who climb are awesome at climbing (Lisa Rand, Tiffany Campbell included).


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Running track and cross country has helped my cardio vascular endurance and gives me more leg muscle. Also, judo helps me by increasing balance and upper body strength. And kayaking gives you more abdominal and arm strength. I think doing these sports has really contributed to my climbing.


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Gymnasts are fantastic climbers. The combination fo strength, muscle control and body tension translate liek no others. A girl I climb with use dot be on the national team. Now she campus' "just to get a burn" after cranking through the hard routes at the gym. must be nice!

Personally I play floor hockey 3-4 hours a week. great cardio workout, and it uses a lot of lower back too. Not to mention teaching you to keep your eyes open and be concious of your surroundings.


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I like downhill skiing and mountain biking. They are both good for strength, balance, and mental fitness.


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Kayaking is excellent as well. It is all shoulders and back muscles and you also build good core strength which is very useful in climbing without having to do all those mindless crunches. The downside is that it is another $2000 dollar sport.


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Wrestlers: Tremendous hand, wrist and arm strength. And they know to stay off their backs.



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Non-resort skiing; Backcountry, Cross Country, and Tele; they all do wonders for your cardiovascular health.
In the summers I'm usually rowing 18 foot, heavyass rafts for eight hours a day, but I'm not sure if it really helps my climbing at all. Maybe the biceps help my Stallone-type campus moves.
HHHUUURRAAAHHHHHARRGHHH!!!!
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I do a lot of cycling. If you do a lot of training it builds a cardio base for you to work with. And although I've got a easy 15 pounds of extra leg muscle in my thighs, I find that's sometime easier than most people to adjust my center of gravity. Just use the thighs, not the hips. Oh so sad, but true.


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climberchk and rrr have got it right! Seriously, guys, join cheerleading. It helps you to work all of your push muscles, the one's that you don't use when climbing. Also, lifting. I've been a black belt for a while in Tae Kwon Do, but I've also studied Jeet Kune Do, Karate, Kung Fu, and some Chinese Kenpo. Those not only improve your concentration and focusing skills, but it keeps you in a relaxed mind state...especially when taking some 40 ft. whipper!!! LOL!!! I'm stuck on climbing now though, so everything else must fall behind my climbing!! RRR...wow...Jeet Kune Do instructor...that is too cool!

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I don't know about helping climbing, but I know all my lacrosse buddies say I'm faster and more accurate than I was last year (pre-climbing). I'd like to think it's the strength and co-ordination I've gained. Gotta give a shout out to yoga, too. And jogging - any cardio's gotta be good to get off extra weight and the blood pumping.


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You noe looking at what you GUYS have done, i feel soooooooooo WEAK!

Then again... Beer anyone?


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I definitely second (or third? )the yoga. But believe it or not, guys...I've been told ballet is one of the best things you can do off the rock. Increases strength, flexibiity, and grace without building the bulk or the weight. Along those lines, dancers swear by a form of excercise called pilates. Again, makes you toned, cut, super strong and super flexible without adding weight.


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I am with Coach, wrestling is very helpful in the rockclimbing world, it is a total body workout and you gain lots of strength training for it.


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Cross training is important i bike 2-3 x a week 15+ miles and run 2-3 x a week 3+ miles and yoga 2-3 x per week, cross country skiing, sledding riding (hey I live in Erie) or walking on the weekends until it's warm enough to climb. i also lift free weights 5 days a week (i have no life i am a loser, repeat). But let me tell you that I climbed last weekend for the first time in like 4 months and what a difference. I feel so much more confident about my footwork now that my legs are stronger and my arms were not wasted after 5 mins. I had more endurance and was able to concentrate more and climb better. Plus i ain't minding the sweet body definition it's creating.

oh and ladies debunk the myth - you can't get freakin bulky. You can build more muscle and it weighs more but maybe it will burn of that couple extra pounds of fat you been carrying around and it will even out. The etxra pounds of fat goes for the fellas too.

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