Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My go-to workout

If you ask five mountaineers what their secret to mountaineering fitness is, you'll get five different answers. A lot of them will say running. Going for long, boring runs that make people like me want to dropkick a baby dolphin off the Diamond. A select few who see the light through the haze of carbs-and-cardio fanatics that seem to make up much of the population of climbers swear by CrossFit, but these folks are rare.
So, in addition to the Manitou Incline, deadlifting and squatting religiously, my go-to workout to get in mountaineering shape quickly is:

4 rounds for time of:

30 walking overhead lunges (20lbs or more)

50 bodyweight squats (full squats! None of this half-assed parallel-or-higher bullshit)

10 knees-to-elbows (or toes-to-bar if I'm feeling especially dextrous or energetic)

This usually takes about 15 or 20 minutes, by the end of which, your legs should feel it. If they're not, add more weight to your lunges or do goblet squats or something. 

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