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?
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...
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.)