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By IronMan
Jan 8, 2013
At what stage in a climbing career does one start training?

I've been climbing for around 4 months.

How would I train if I can only actually climb or go to the gym 1 day a week?
Is there a certain grade that you start training at?
Should I train?


To those of you who also have limited time at the rock, how do you stay in shape/train?

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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 8, 2013
OTL
More information:
Boulders V7

Sport: 5.12b

4 months? We should be asking you how to train, not the other way around.

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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Jan 8, 2013
Stabby
Training gives you an unfair advantage over those who don't. So just as we as a society are striving to reduce everything the lowest common denominator and spread the fairness around, neither should you do any training.

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By Mike Belu
From Indianapolis, IN
Jan 8, 2013
Summit of Rainier.
^^^ very funny.

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By sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Jan 8, 2013
One of my first trad climbs, Ooga Chocka at Crowde...
So you've been climbing once a week for four months, or in other words, you've climbed 16 times, and you climb 12b/V7?

If that's actually the case, you are an extreme outlier and have a very, very high baseline

Anyone who climbs at that level is ready to start seriously training. In fact, I don't think I've ever met someone who climbs at that level and hasn't already been training for some time.

Anyway, get a copy of the Self-Coached Climber. Inside you'll find all you need to know.

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By Monomaniac
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From Morrison, CO
Jan 8, 2013
Insurrection, 5.14c.  Photo Adam Sanders.
I used to always tell people that a reasonably fit person ought to be able to work up to redpointing 5.12a sport routes just by focusing on movement skills and climbing regularly (2-3 times per week), and therefore, that was about the point one might consider following a structured training program. In retrospect, I think I said that simply because that is what I did. With hindsight, I think I would have been better off as a performance rock climber had I started training earlier. The two years or so I spent getting from 5.11- to 5.12- included three major finger injuries and lots of frustration. Iím confident I could have avoided those injuries, and likely progressed further, faster, had I followed a structured training program.

Considering the above, why not start training immediately? There are at least three standard reasons often cited...


Read the rest here: lazyhclimbingclub.wordpress.co...

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By IronMan
Jan 9, 2013
I think I need to clear up some things.

In August, I was climbing 2-3 times a week.

for the last 2.5 weeks, I was doing a 2 days on, 1 day off cycle.

Generally, because of school, I am able to climb around once a week.

During the week, I run every day for Track, and I go to the weight room M-W-F.

@Mono, thanks for the link to the site.

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By James Otey
From NH
Jan 9, 2013
Urban Surfer, Rumney.  Photo by Lee Hansche
Muscles get stronger significantly faster than connective tissue- aka tendons. Stay away from pockets and super small crimps like the plague for 6 months.

Pay now save later. Or make the same mistakes me and monomaniac made and set back your climbing career significantly.

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