This is the second part of an 8-Week Basic Rock Climbing Training Program from Chicks Climbing and Skiing. ~MC
I’ve said before that climbing technique is more important than strength.
Still, I encourage you to get stronger.
Strength and training brings more than how much a pull-up, or 10 pull-ups for that matter, will help your climbing.
Training and getting stronger gives you CONFIDENCE.
Pushing through a hard workout will make both your body AND your mind stronger. Working out teaches you about commitment. It gives you a better understanding of how to move the temporary and subjective threshold of discomfort.
These changes create a positive feedback loop that spins off as increased calm and focus—particularly useful climbing skills!
Continue to follow the weekly schedule outlined in Part I as closely as your schedule allows. But only strength train after climbing, or on a completely different day. This way you will be fresh for climbing.
Reading and remembering:
Replace the Strength Training part of the workout with the following:
5 – 10 minutes of light aerobic work, indoor rower, jump rope, bike.
8 x Shoulder openers
5 x Push-ups
8 x Supermans on floor
2 x 30 secs dumbbell push-press/30 secs overhead-hold
8 x Good mornings
3 x Single-Leg, Straight-Leg Deadlift
10 x Toes to Bar (If 10 is too many, begin with the number you can complete.)