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Avoiding Rock Climbing Aches And Bruises

Feb 27, 2008
Rock climbing is highly addictive. Once you start grappling with the wall, you'll be hooked. Afterwards, you'll be very chatty about it, but also start to get sore. This brings us to the subject of avoiding injuries when climbing.

Man and monkeys are definitely unique species. If you don't believe me, try climbing for a day. You'll ask your shoulders to do a lot of work and they will bark at you. In fact, climbing puts unique stresses on many muscles and joints.

Most of us simply do not work the muscles used in climbing. Shoulders, stomach, arms and backs may seem like they get plenty of work, but climbing for even 30 minutes will quickly reveal that is not the case. Simply put, you are going to get a major workout.

Sooner or later, you need to decide if you are going to take up climbing regularly or not. The reason for this is you either need to get in good shape or quit. There is a reason most climbers are thin and have ropey muscles.

The number one area that is going to need to be fit is your shoulders. The moves you will be making are going to be foreign to your daily activities and your shoulders are going to carry the majority of the load. Pull ups and lat pull downs are the way to go.

The more you climb, the more your hands will look like something out of a horror movie. We're talking hamburger city, here. Unfortunately, there really isn't much you can do. You just need to toughen them up, but try rapping your fingers with tape to minimize damage.

It is always important to follow a day of climbing with an adult beverage or two. If you want to actually hold your beverage or glass, you must work on your forearms. Climbing will torque them because of all the grips used.

When getting in shape, it is important to focus on gaining strength, not muscle. You are not trying to "get big", just strong. To this end, you also want to focus on flexibility. Being able to comfortably twist and move is invaluable.

Perhaps the easiest of steps can really help you avoid climbing injuries. Warm up! Yes, it sounds sophmoric, but it really works. Take the time to stretch and loosen your joints. It can make a huge difference when it comes to avoiding injuries.
About the Author
Aazdak Alisimo writes about rock climbing for NomadJournals.com - makers of rock climbing journals that make great unique birthday gifts for friends and loved ones.
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