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Crossfit and Climbing

by on Jul.24, 2011, under crossfit, Escalada, La vida del Nahual

I’ve been getting in shape for Denali, is a long  target but is a good target, so first I bought a bunch of books, made sure I knew the routes and also trained correctly.

As I started with the extremely good book “Extreme Alpinism” from Mark F. Twight I realized one thing: “I HATE running”, yes I do hate it, the caps are there for the exact reason, it doesn’t mean I’m bad at it (I don’t consider 9 minute miles bad altho my trainer does 6 minute miles) it just means I’m not really fond of it, but I’m used to it already.

I’ve been adding my trainings to the website, but then realized this are so ever changing it would make no sense to keep adding them (you can still find them at Peter Nguyen’s Blog) and at the beginning I was (I have to admit) a bit skeptical on how crossfit would affect my climbing performance, specially since on climbing they are usually not fond of having a lot of muscle and crossfit ends up putting muscles on you.

I kept going and climbing a bit here and there but stayed out of climbing as I’m training 5 days a week, so no serious climbing for a bit over a month, then a beginner class on climbing from Urban Diversion came along and I signed up for kicks, my climbing changed immensely, I had no problem on a ceiling or pulling myself on overhangs and at the end, everyone including the instructor were out of breath but me.

I believe this is a better and new way to train for climbing, most climbing books or climbers go and do the same thing over and over, but then your muscles (and mind) get used to that specific training so you are not really pushing yourself physically or mentally, which I believe is important.

Summer is here and is a GORGEOUS summer for climbing, why? well mornings are cold and afternoons are not so hot, and you wonder why that is gorgeous? Well try to climb at 100ºF or so, impossible your hands are all wet, chalk won’t help at all, but in this weather is just awesome, so next week I’m thinking on going there for couple of days, finding a climbing partner and climb or at least roam around yosemite take a bunch of pictures.

So my advise to you is, if you are serious about improving your climbing, do crossfit.

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