||[Mar. 4th, 2005|09:03 pm]
New England Indoor Rock Climbers
hello everyone. i'm from rhode island. i used to climb once a week until my boyfriend and climbing partner split up. |
but yeah i want to build up the strength to boulder so i can go solo. does anyone know of any good exercises that build up arm strength? i've been told to do push-ups but like i don't even have the arm strength for those!
any suggestions would be cool. and also is anyone on this community from RI?
Heh I hate to be redudant but push ups are amazing. Just keep doing them. Also you may want to try dips and pull ups. I use a machine that "assists" me with doing pull ups. I find it quite effective.
Oh and of course, climbing.
thanks :). yeah i try doing baby push ups :-p.
what are dips?
Dips are...well it's not hard to describe but I do it on the maching that I do pull ups. You just, well imagine you're in between two monkey bars. You slowly lower yourself to an acute angle and then lift yourself back up. To improve grip you may want to just take a 12 pound weight and hold it for as long as you can.
If you can't do regular pushups, do pushups on your knees to start with. It gets easier, just keep at it. Also, pull ups as mentioned.
2005-03-19 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Sorry for my English... ;)
I'm a climber from RI too. We just moved here in August, and we weren't able to climb before winter. Now, I'm excited to climb this year. I haven't ANY idea where to go though, but I'm sure we'll figure it out.
Arm strength? Try soup cans. They're light, yes, but with lots of reps, it makes the muscles in your wrists, fingers and forearms stronger. This also helps prevent injury. Hold the soup in your hand (try both palm-up and palm-down for different muscle groups), and just do curls. Also turn from palm-up to palm-down and back again. Do 3 reps of 30 on each hand if you can. I know it's just soup, but you'll start to feel it... I promise. :)
Keep working on those pushups, even if you have to start on your knees. Just remember to keep your body flat so they're effective. Good luck!
If you get one of those pullup bars you can put in your doorway, (They're about $20 at sporting goods stores) and if you put one at the door to your room, you can just do however many you can, commit yourself to a certain number, (Or go as far as you can, if you can't do any yet,) ever time you leave/enter the room--That's what I'm doing, and it's shown noticeable improvement in just a couple weeks.
I'm not from RI, but I'm going to that gym this weekend for a competition!