Train Hard, Climb Hard

Training.  I’ve always been really skeptical of training for climbing.  Back in my days of soccer, it was training to be competitive that in the end drove me away. I guess I like to think that once I start training, rather than just climbing, it won’t be as fun to me anymore.  Lately though, I’ve been training a ridiculous amount.  I have a Collegiate Climbing Series coming up where my SDSU climbing team and I will be competing in multiple competitions throughout the midwest.  The funny thing is, I’m not training for any of those competitions.  I’m training for this!

Last year for our 9 days of Spring Break, some fellow SD climbers and I ventured down to Hueco Tanks for a shred fest.  We successfully shredded not only some of the most renowned problems of the world, but also our hands and bodies.  We left there and vowed to go to Horse Pens the next year. It’s finally the next year.

Here’s my training program for the past three weeks.

Days 1,2,3,4 Week 1

Circuit: 5 rounds

Traverse 35-40 feet

10 pull ups on rings

6 move campus up and down

10 push ups

Day 1 Week 2

Circuit: 5 rounds

Climb 5.6 to 13 feet, then downclimb, three different routes. (39 feet up, 39 feet down)

10 Pull ups on bar

6 move campus

10 push ups

Day 2 Week 2

Circuit: 5 rounds

Traverse length of wall, then back (70 feet)

10 pull ups on ring

30 second hang on 1″ crimps

15 second hang on 1/2″ crimps

6 move campus

20 push ups

Day 3 Week 2

Circuit: 5 rounds

Traverse 90 feet

10 pull ups on rings

30 second hang on 1″ crimps

30 second hang at 90 degrees on rings

20 push ups

Day 4 Week 2

Circuit: 15 rounds

Climb 5.6 to 13 feet, and downclimb; 2 routes (26 feet up 26 feet down)

5 ring pull-ups on 5th pull up hold at 90 degrees for 15 seconds

10 push ups

Day 1 Week 3

Circuit: 5 rounds

Traverse 45 feet

30 second hang on rings

5 pull ups on holds, left hand good ledge, right hand crimp

5 pull ups on holds, left hand on crimp, right hand good ledge

30 second hang on 1″ crimps

20 push ups

Days 2, 3, 4 Week 3

Work on projects

Before each circuit we would climb 5 or 6, 5.10 or higher routes.

I’ll be slappin slopers hard when I get to Horse Pens.

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