Rock/wall climbing

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  1. ices

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    I've never been rock/wall climbing before, and I've been thinking of giving it a try since there's a climbing wall here at my college. I'm sure that it's a great exercise, but I was wondering what specific benefits to expect. I'm sure that your grip, forearms and biceps would strengthen since you're always holding and supporting your body weight, but what else? I really look forward to exercising with such a wide range of motion. Since I'm a beginner, I'll be climbing slowly and deliberately. Is rock climbing considered cardio also?
     
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    your forearms are going to BURN...look forward to it....it's not really cardio, but it's definately a workout. I LOVE it...so FYI: you might fall in love with it.


    edit: remember to use all four of your limbs, a ton of people will just use their arms. Rock climbing is 90% technique.
     
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    woosah

    This is ours. It extends around all sides. Pretty ginormous. Very intimidating...:hs:

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    One more nice pic that I found...

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    I want to try it.
     
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    Leo95SE The OMINOUS one

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    holy crap!!
    when i first saw the one i use i thought it was retarded b/c i can jump up to the top.
    but, its not really about going up. going across is soo damn hard. although, some angles would be fun!
     
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    Sounds like a lot of fun. What appeals to me about rock climbing is that it appears to be very "zen", you need to be in tune with your whole body, almost martial artsish. I'm bet the view all the way up there sure is nice.
     
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    Do you go to an indoor climbing wall? How much does equipment usually cost? I think my school rents harnesses for $3, so if I like it and it's cost effective, I'll buy my own.
     
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    Leo95SE The OMINOUS one

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    its in a school gym, ya. no need for equipment, its only like 8' high..
     
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    What you said totally hit's the spot. If you pick the right wall, that's the right challenge...it's a good feeling to hang from that top piece...look around...and then let go.
     
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    rent until you are addicted. I got a harness for around 60 bucks.

    but BUY SHOES. The shoes become a part of your body. They must fit like a sock. I've used my toes to hold my place at a few moments on walls.
     
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    I've been a few times. First few times, I was all about using upper body strength. Use your legs and you'll do a lot better.
     
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    ices, apparently you go to college park :eek3: If you ever want to do the climbing wall, I know that on tuesdays and sundays its free for beginners, let me know

    also, it's nice to see a terp in f&n...I work in the crc gym, look for the "Tyler" nametag
     
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    once you realize its ok to fall, you'll be good to go.
     
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    It kills my forearms and my calves. You get tired out pretty quick, but it's a blast.
     
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    I went climbing for my first time a little while ago on actual rock faces with a ballay (sp?). All I can say is technique is more important than strength, and my forearms BURNED LIKE HELL
     
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    it's tough. dont do it before a workout. i could barely hold anything. then again, my wall was all about using ur finger tips. hardly any actual hand holds on it. it sucks.
     
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    Nice. I just started lifting, so I'll swing by sometime. I've been on the ORC site reading up a little, I'll probably check it out on the way to my car (park in 4B :wtc:)
     
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    9 for me, but I live off campus
     
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    Shit one of my old friends who was the skinny skrawny type did that for like a year and his forearms were huge! I want to get into it just for that.
     
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