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Honestly, just boulder more and the strength will come. A lot of the usual grip based exercises don't really have a good carry over into rock climbing / bouldering because of the nature of the holds you use. Something like crushing strength (the type of strength you use when you close a hand gripper or shake someone's hand) isn't much use when you're using ...


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This answer is about bouldering vs rock climbing in gyms. Outdoor variations may be different. Bouldering usually is more difficult and technical than rock climbing. The difficulty scales up much faster because climbs are quick and small. Plus you don't have to worry about harnesses. You just have to be brave enough to fall a few meters on a pad. Rock ...


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You're not going to like this answer, but... it depends. Regardless of the intensity level, you should definitely add bouldering into your fitness routine because of the myriad of benefits to both physical and psychological health. As to your actual question, the MET scale is relative to your personal fitness level, so as a runner, a nice 20 minute jog for ...


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Thanks for showing a great example of what's known via studies: strength training provides exceptional fat loss, more so than aerobic activity. That linked answer has most of the tidbits, but the short version is that muscle is extremely expensive for your body to maintain. Plus, during those 8-12 hours a week your heart is pumping and you're in a low level ...


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"Building muscle" is a very broad term. Will your program allow you to build muscle? Yes. Will you look like a bodybuilder? Probably not. Calisthenics 1-2 times a week, assuming properly executed, has the ability to give you good results. Bouldering - that depends... From what I know (and guess), probably won't build big muscles, but will give you a very ...


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Your bouldering training schedule should be dictated by your previous climbing years (that translates into how strong are your hands' tendons) and goals. If you are a beginner I suggest to have one day of rest between hard bouldering session otherwise it's easy to go too hard on your finger (tendons are slow to strengthen). After a couple of years (or if ...


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Yes, but not as much as you'd get from standard weightlifting. How much all depends on how much muscle you have currently, and what your genetics (e.g. testosterone levels) are. If you DO pursue bouldering, be sure to spend some time doing 'pushing' exercises (push-ups, overhead-pressing, etc) to keep your shoulders balanced. Otherwise you might be at ...


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I don't have a lot of experience with this, but I remember seeing a video about grip strength that recommended training towel pullups, gripping less and less of the fabric over time to challenge your grip more and more. Starting by regular pullups holding a towel hanging from the bar with one hand, moving to a towel in each hand when you're comfortable, and ...


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I don't have much experience with bouldering, it wasn't really a thing back then. But if you don't intend to compete, just do whatever you think is most fun.


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I'd recommend the Rock Climber's Training Manual, and conveniently enough they have a training log that goes along with it. Whether 5.x or Vx routes, the idea is the same for things like pyramids. Note that the training log is just that: essentially blank pages. The manual (first link) is the actual training text.


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I'm afraid I don't have a definitive answer, but I'm like you in finding that it helps to document in some way. I suspect you'll never find a perfect solution, because of its nature. If I go cycling - I press start, ride the bike, press stop, upload to Strava. Jobs a good 'un. But with bouldering you've got so many other variable to consider. I find I ...


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The answer to your question depends on what do you consider as building muscles. If you want to build "spindle-shaped" muscles, that look more natural, then climbing is a good option. However, if you want to build your muscles to look more like body builders, then climbing isn't gonna help you that much. In that case, you should do some heavy lifting. 3000 ...


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