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Rock climbing is an activity in which participants climb up, down or across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route without falling.

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Triceps involvement in bouldering

Is it quite common for the triceps to become weak from bouldering e.g. with a bicep / tricep muscle imbalance? I've been getting some aches & pains in my tricep recently that I notice mostly after ...
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Climbing and finger strength training with extensor injury [closed]

I think the extensor tendons of the fingers are under little strain while climbing. (I can move mine with the other hand while pulling 20+ kg in a half crimp position.) Does it still make sense to ...
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What is a good workout that includes bouldering/climbing?

My goal is weight loss (especially around the belly) and general fitness. I also really love bouldering/climbing so I've got both a membership at a climbing place and one in a "regular" gym. ...
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Best resources to help learn bouldering feet & hand placement

I recently went to a bouldering gym and came across these black (sloper?) rocks on a practically vertical wall. Does anybody have any tips for conquering a wall such as this, or know any good ...
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What are the risks and chances of hanging with loose shoulders?

In the climbing scene it is common to train finger strength by hanging from small holds. It seems to be a consensus that hanging with relaxed shoulders is considered to be dangerous and unhealthy for ...
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How do climbers prevent tricep tendinitis?

For the past year or so, I've been really into sport climbing. I climb 3-4 times a week, and it's been amazing for my grip strength and my pulling strength. One thing that limits how often I can climb ...
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Bouldering vs Rock Climbing

I have recently enrolled myself into a rock climbing gym here at Sydney. I liked the idea of climbing but did not ever got the chance till date. Well, my question is: what to do first, Bouldering or ...
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How and when to train tendons?

Everybody knows you should not increase your performance to rapdily in climbing, because your strength grows a lot faster than your tendons and you risk injury. So how should I train to let my ...
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Isometric finger training - individually vs collectively

Bit of background - my training goals are ultimately geared towards climbing and max strength. Endurance and Hypertrophy are things I'm not interested in. Right now like most climbers, I train using ...
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How to correlate reps into training program when doing isometric exercises?

I'm doing max weighted dead hangs. To improve grip/finger strength for climbing. I'm doing a lot of research on how to create training programs to increase max strength but everything I've seen so far ...
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What exercises are best for forearm strength (for bouldering)?

I've recently got into rock climbing (bouldering specifically) but I find my main limitation is my forearm strength. I can't climb for too long before I can legitimately feel my forearms give out. ...
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How boulder more efficiently to prevent elbow pain/injury? [closed]

Context 113KG male, lifting weights 4 times a week and aerobics cardio twice a week. Recently started bouldering so technique is in its infancy. Setting Indoor bouldering twice a week after a the ...
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Measuring progress in Bouldering

I have been climbing for 13 years now and have been competing for most of that. I have reached a plateau or at least a point where simply measuring progress with the grading system is not accurate ...
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At-home routine to balance rock climbing

I'm looking to improve my at-home body-weight training routine. It's a kind of circular training I've devised to balance my rock climbing. Climbers who don't do complementary training end up with over ...
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What is a good training program for a beginner/intermediate mountaineer/rock climber?

My goal is to use the gym to get in shape for mountaineering and rock climbing on my vacations. I don't have access to rock walls or mountains so I try and use what I have: a gym, and running routes. ...
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Will climbing (bouldering) with the right amount of calories build muscle?

I love climbing, be it high wall or bouldering. Here's what I plan to do: 2 hours bouldering 3 times a week 1 hour calisthenics 1-2 times a week I weigh 62kg and I'm 6' tall - and will aim to eat ~...
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Nutrition during rock climbing workouts

I go rock climbing roughly 3 days a week for 2 hours per session. As you can imagine, this exercise really challenges my all around muscular endurance. How should I be nourishing myself before, ...
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How to best train for rock climbing

I've gotten really into rock climbing. I love the adventure off the sport and how it gets me of the beaten path when I come to visit a place. I want to continue in my skill and get more serious so ...
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Where to store the chalk (magnesium carbonate) when training parkour?

It's been a while since I've practiced parkour and I want to start practicing again, the problem is that I've lost completely my capacity to hold a good grip. I've never used chalk to practice, but ...
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How can you build tolerance to neck muscle strains?

Every now and then at climbing competitions I'll need to do pull-ups while my head is looking to the left or right. I've hurt my neck a couple times doing this. I get a muscle strain or pinched nerve ...
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Do I really need climbing shoes for indoor boulder climbing?

Indoor boulder climbing is pretty safe and climbing shoes are quite expansive. Are they really a necessity? Wouldn't my running shoes do the job just as well? Or even socks? Or ballet shoes..?
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When\how to start to train on a campus board

I've been climbing for a little while now, strength is improving thanks to gym sessions to top up climbing sessions but the campus board seems to be to beginner climbers like the sun to Icarus. It's ...
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Which muscles you need to train additionally for climbing to avoid unbalances? [duplicate]

Climbing strongly trains your upper back, your forearms, biceps, legs and upper back. (http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/muscles-worked-during-rock-climbing-3416.html) However, if you don't pay any ...
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Recommendations for a good fitness course for a 30+ newbie

So I used to be an avid runner (though never much good), but after a lung infection I got out of the routine and now just don't have the passion to start all over. I'd like to get back into good ...
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How to fill body with energy before climbing?

I go climbing on Sundays (starting at 2-3PM). Climbing is a very energy-consuming process and I need to have my body filled with energy, so I don't feel irresistable urge to eat after couple of hours ...
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How to train finger extension?

For climbers, it's important to train the antagonist muscles to our primary movers, to prevent injury. For the fingers, these are the extensors (as you're always flexing your fingers when gripping ...
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What are symptoms of climber's finger

I am a new rock climber at the age of 30 and I have been climbing (and bouldering) twice a week for two months now (one session bouldering and one session in the wall). I have lately been feeling ...
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What footwear would be suitable for climbing

Im starting a bit of indoor climbing, but Im not sure Im commited enough to buy climbing shoes - they are quite costly. Still, my running shoes seem to be a poor choice for climbing, I can only use ...
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Muscle imbalances related to indoor rock climbing/bouldering and ways to fix them

Ive read that most climbers have a lot of muscle imbalances, including some that affect proper posture. Is that true? What muscles are imbalanced? How do those imbalances affect posture? How to fix ...
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Learning to lift my leg higher

I started to enjoy rock climbing quite a lot, but I realize that my flexibility leaves much to be desired. One of my problems is that I cannot seem to lift my leg as high as I'd like to in order to ...
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Bouldering Routines for Lunch Breaks

Could anyone suggest some good Bouldering specific routines (flexibility/strength/endurance training) that can be done without any equipment during a lunch break (30 mins). I Climb about a V5 and have ...
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Home exercises for training for indoor rock climbing

I like to exercises while watching TV, and don't particularly want to get more home exercise equipment (like a bar or stand). What equipment I have is mostly stuff my wife has used for pilates and ...
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Why do I get lactic acid build up at lower threshholds on different days?

I'm a climber, so I'm talking specifically about forearms. I train regularly and have been for years, so I'm pretty familiar with how my body responds. As I understand it, the "pumped" sensation in ...
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How to maintain the hygiene of rockclimbing shoes?

I go climbing about twice a week, and after a month or so my shoes are quite dirty. Not only do they smell, but I can actually see the dirt on the inside (probably from walking around barefoot on less-...
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Adding power to my pull-ups?

I like pull-ups, easily my favorite exercise and I do a lot of them whenever I get the chance. I'm quite familiar with form, do them very strict (elbow lock-out, chin way over bar etc) and vary my ...
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Losing weight without losing muscle

What recommendations exist to lose weight without losing muscle? How much strength training is usually adequate to maintain muscle mass during a healthy weight loss diet? I've been losing weight ...
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What should I look for in a (beginner) rock climbing shoe?

I started indoor rock-climbing a few months ago, renting equipment from wherever I was climbing at. I've decided to take it a bit more seriously and invest in some equipment, and the first step are ...
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Combining weight-lifting (starting strength) with rockclimbing?

I've been following the Starting Strength program for a few weeks now, on and off. Unfortunately, I haven't been as regular as I'd like (lets chalk it up to student life), but I feel I'm making ...
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How can I stop sweaty hands?

Sweaty hands are plaguing my rock climbing and pull up exercises, as well as being annoying at other times. I've read a few (unsourced) ideas that nutrition can be a big factor in sweaty hands. Can I ...
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