I don’t know about you, but this month has been painful–politically, emotionally, and mentally. I’ve felt exhausted by the negativity on my news feed, the reports on NPR, and the wonderful winter weather threw my work days into a tailspin. With all this mental exhaustion I’ve barely had the chutzpah to get myself into the gym for a solid workout. One day I went to the climbing gym, went up to the fitness deck, and sat in my butterfly stretch for 30 minutes. So yeah, it’s been a struggle.
But all that’s changed! Because it’s February! And it’s time to get it together!
Plus, my husband and I are putting together a climbing trip to El Potrero Chico in April, and I have to be swol before I can even THINK about hauling myself up 12 pitches of 5.12 climbing…
I started with a little research on training for climbing. Climbing magazine has a pretty decent training section on their website as does Rock and Ice. I also found some great stuff at Training Beta. The main focus of climbing specific training is power and endurance climbing, however I’m not quite there yet. I’ve decided to spend the next month focusing on an overall fitness base.
This is what I’ll be shooting for every week of February:
Yoga: 30 minutes
Running: 20 minutes X 3 times
Arms/Abs/Leg Workout: 4 sessions
Climb: 3 sessions
And every session (besides a solid ab workout), I’ll follow with 10 minute abs (10 ab exercises each for a minute without resting).
I knew I needed to start small with the yoga and running because every time I’ve tried to become a runner or yogi in the past I’ve gotten overambitious and quickly lost interest and the wherewithal to keep at it. With this vague training plan I hope to start developing my base fitness, lose the layer of fat hiding my most precious abs, and have better endurance on the wall.
Hoping to start some kind of power/endurance circuit by the beginning of March.
Let me know what your trusted routines are! I’d love to incorporate them.