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I absolutely hate to exercise.  While I've always loved playing sports, I'm just not very athletic. Staying in shape with pick up basketball and that sort of thing has never really worked for me.  So, I joined a rock gym and I'm trying to learn to climb in an effort to get in better shape. I've been sticking bouldering mostly since I go alone and I don't quite trust the auto-belay just yet.  Does anyone else do this?  Any tips?

 

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I've only been doing this for a few months myself, so not a ton of advice. 

As much as possible, try to rely more on your legs to elevate you than your arms.  This may be counter intuitive, but you'll save some of your energy pushing yourself up with your legs as opposed to pulling yourself up with your arms.  Stretching my forearms (palms up, bend fingers back towards your body) has also helped my forearms to not be incapacitated for days after climbing.  They make some hand balms to help heal the blisters faster and lotion helps to soften your hands, but to some extend your hands are just going to get calloused over after a while and blisters won't be as frequent.

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43 minutes ago, quiksilver said:

I've only been doing this for a few months myself, so not a ton of advice. 

As much as possible, try to rely more on your legs to elevate you than your arms.  This may be counter intuitive, but you'll save some of your energy pushing yourself up with your legs as opposed to pulling yourself up with your arms.  Stretching my forearms (palms up, bend fingers back towards your body) has also helped my forearms to not be incapacitated for days after climbing.  They make some hand balms to help heal the blisters faster and lotion helps to soften your hands, but to some extend your hands are just going to get calloused over after a while and blisters won't be as frequent.

Thanks!  I think relying on arms is my biggest problem at the moment.  There was one problem that I tried repeatedly for a week straight and couldn't figure out what to do.  It wasn't supposed to be hard.  Then some little kid comes along and throws their heel up and pulls themselves up with their heel.  I had no idea that was even a thing. 

The forearm pain is real.  Not sure when it is supposed to stop.

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So, I think I'm going to get my son started in this. I think this might be a great Covid era activity since his team sports are getting cancelled.

He did it last summer for 3 weeks during camps and did well with it. I looked into it and the gym membership for students is only $50/month with unlimited climbing. Seems reasonable.

Anyone into climbing? Any thoughts/recommendations for him getting started? Good or bad idea?

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1 hour ago, gianmarco said:

So, I think I'm going to get my son started in this. I think this might be a great Covid era activity since his team sports are getting cancelled.

He did it last summer for 3 weeks during camps and did well with it. I looked into it and the gym membership for students is only $50/month with unlimited climbing. Seems reasonable.

Anyone into climbing? Any thoughts/recommendations for him getting started? Good or bad idea?

I climb and love it. Great exercise for strength, balance, flexibility and problem solving. Also good to learn how to overcome fear. And you can enjoy it well into middle age.

Outdoor climbing is much better than gyms, but the latter is a good place to start. It’s a little tricky with Covid, as you’re constantly touching a bunch of shared surfaces. He can rent shoes most places and start by bouldering, but rope climbing ultimately has a lot more to offer. 
 

I can give a lot more specific advice, but gotta go for now.

 

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