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Clarke Brogger

Mountain climber
Laguna Beach, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 7, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
I'm at the climbing gym 2-4 times a week. On my non-climbing days I want to workout to cross train to improve my climbing. I really like mountain athlete bu cant really afford it. any other suggestions?


Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Mar 7, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Oh! Cross training.

I thought it said choss training . . .

Never mind

Boulder climber
Mar 7, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
trail running

Mar 7, 2013 - 11:45pm PT

Trail running.

Edit- yes TRX, good one!

Trad climber
Mar 7, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
TRX - endless iterations & all you need is a door, tree limb or roof rack.

And trail running, because it's FUN!

Social climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Mar 7, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
Don't use the cheater stick on the gas pump...

lawrence kansas
Mar 8, 2013 - 12:41am PT
Did you say Cross Tranny?

oops you meant cross training. sorry

Mar 8, 2013 - 03:22am PT
Locker, you are doin it all wrong! Lol - ^^

Richard Simmons is for n00bs!!!!

Edit- party of the pounds!!! Hahaha
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 8, 2013 - 08:21am PT
Running. Did someone already think of that? I'm trying to keep my pace at 7:00 min miles then build mileage.
Clarke Brogger

Mountain climber
Laguna Beach, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 26, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
You guys are mean. :)

How long and how frequently do u have to run to be in adequate shape for the sierra season?

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 26, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
You guys are mean. :)



Social climber
Mar 26, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
I would run lots of volume, low impact. If you are unable to run faster than an 8-8:30 pace, do fartleks 3 times a week. Listen to your body and joints and make changes if things are hurting.

Depending on a zillion factors you can be good to go in 3 weeks or 4 months, but if you are a "5.10" climber I would say 4-6 weeks of off and on running, slowly increasing to 30-40 miles per week would make you an uber fit mountain athlete. Just remember lots of food and lots of rest, and lots of rock climbing so you don't metabolize all those hard-to-get muscles...

Trad climber
Mill Valley CA
Mar 26, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Rob Miller (FA Pre-Muir and Quantum Mechanic) has a great post on cross training to improve climbing in the Starting Strength forums.

His is post #9.

In addition he's got a good post on intensity and training for repeating motor pathway sports (i.e. cycling, running, powerlifting, etc.) vs non-repeating motor pathway sports (climbing, wrestling, etc.)

Social climber
So Cal
Mar 26, 2013 - 06:04pm PT,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.44342787,d.cGE&biw=1309&bih=969&wrapid=tlif136433538123210&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=IBtSUZruB4rmiAKlxoDwCQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg

Go up!

Right in your back yard so to speak.
Clarke Brogger

Mountain climber
Laguna Beach, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 03:12am PT
TGT, let's go?!?

Thanks, I know Rob Miller. Stud. Will check that.

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 2, 2013 - 10:47am PT
P90X works for Mark Hudon

Boulder climber
Dec 29, 2016 - 07:11pm PT

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 30, 2016 - 07:20am PT
When I guided in the Tetons in the 70's I had a number of urban dwelling clients who blew their horns concerning their marathon training and the marathons they had run.
Good, I thought, I can pick up the pace on the long uphill approaches and get back early. Nope, they invariably cratered going uphill.
Moral of the need to go uphill. I fast hike uphill in the San Juans for conditioning. I try for a minimum of 2,500 vertical at altitude.
I sometimes hike with people who go on about their spining and crossfit classes and I don't see obvious positive results.
The closer fit you have with the actual activity, the better the results..

Dec 30, 2016 - 08:14am PT
The closer fit you have with the actual activity, the better the results..

I'm a believer of the above and to me cross training works more as a mental/physical relief from whatever activities are my actual endeavors. Also, I need the gym to keep the joints in shape and fit so I can get after my endeavors and hopefully improve and go further with them. As I get older it matters more to me and my body, maybe it is that I haven't stopped wondering...Do what you dig and what is necessary to feed that worm!

Released into general population, Idaho
Dec 30, 2016 - 08:36am PT
Training to climb is like climbing to train
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