Mittwoch, 4. November 2009
rope climbing rocks!
I cannot recommend rope and pole climbing enough. This old-school-exercises hit your whole upper-body, especially your back, arms (talk about useful biceps strength) and the grip. But you also need great torso strength to make the pulling happen in a coordinated manner! I love climbing because it is an athletic exercise, which helps everybody. Combinated with a pushing exercise like handstand-push-ups or ring dips, it will give you a tremendous workout.
Yesterday we did a heavy session with a dozen climbs on a rope with 7 metres (23 feet) in length. I also made double climbs (watch the video above) or "no-no-climbs" as I call them, because I didn’t used my feet at all and I didn’t used chalk either. These climbs are brutal as were the ones on the slippery poles too.
Next workout I will use some extra weight. I am trying to climb up with the 24-kilo kettlebell.
Give rope climbing a chance, you will be very happy with it! Watch out for my DVD “Gorilla Camp”, which is available at www.spodo.at/product_info.php/info/p1606_DVD-Gorilla-Camp-DE-by-Dominik-Feischl.html
P.S.: for my german readers: also listen to the power-quest.cc-podcasts about rope climbing. Just put in the word "seil" in the search-function and you will find killer interviews on http://www.power-quest.cc/
P.P.S.: I often get mails from people, who want to have a training plan. But this is not a thing for one email. I only make perfect things, because otherwise success doesn't happen. But I am available for private coaching. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can connect together!
P.P.P.S.: Good read for hardgainers is this article from the great Bill Starr: http://ditillo2.blogspot.com/2008/09/gaining-muscular-bodyweight-bill-starr.html