Friday, November 6, 2009

Winter Training and UKC Gallery

A few posts back a friend of mine, lets call him the Aberdonian Adonis, posted about a winter training session he'd tried influenced by the winter training beast Stevie Haston. Adonis had managed 267 ice axe pull ups in an hour chasing a rumoured 2000 by Stevie. Inspired I tried a little session last night which I think is perfect for those like myself at the moment with very little spare time and adaptable for many levels of fitness.

Rather than an hour I went for 30mins (I didn't want to write off my season before its even started yet). Every minute, "on the hour", do a set amount of pull ups (between 2 and 6). This first session I did 3. Now doing 3 ice axe pull ups seems pathetic on its own right but by the end of the 30 minutes I'd done 90 pull ups, and if you can build up to doing 6 pull ups on the minute that's going to be 180 in 30 mins - a respectable tally for even grade IX monsters. If you find yourself doing more than 6 then you'd probably want to add a weight belt/vest. I think this session works well in that it replicates what you might expect in Scotland where you'll often get a tough physical section for maybe 10ft, followed by a decent rest. Having to do each set on the minute gets surprisingly tough with the last 10 minutes seemingly like a battle against a racing clock.

Also added yesterday is a gallery of winter shots on UKC http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=2235

10 comments:

E9 Climbing said...

I'm trying my first set of this 3 a min regime right now

E9 Climbing said...

I'm on 19 min now, phuuuu its hard

Ian Parnell said...

I like it, blogging as you train! Go E9 Go!

E9 Climbing said...

Great training tip Thanks a bunch! Btw what a route your friends Bullock and Houseman did!

Erik said...

This is the best training idea Ive ever seen! another wee useful training tactic if you dont have your own gym or climbing wall is the old plastic tube, cord tied onto weights. Bascially attach the cord to the pipe and other end of cord attached to weights. Keep your arms out straight and wind up the cord by gripping the tube and winding it up, repeat until you cry. Absolute instrument of torture but is outstanding training for that ice axe grip!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ian, ace training idea. Gave it a go last night and its surprisingly addictive! Nice one! Was 'adonis' pete??????

Ian Parnell said...

No not Pete, Pete's beyond Adonis - near deity or "the near-perfect man". Well that narrows it down it's not Mr Nisbet and there can't be more than a handful of Aberdonians who can do more than a single pull up anyway! :-)

E9 Climbing said...

Hum Doctor Parnell

I kind of got this all wrong I think. I did not warm up just started pulling. Since 3 days now I have headache that I think my be from neck stress. Might be smart to warm up nut the the point of just take a break and pull hard is lost...

James Thacker said...

Right; off to find my pull up bar!

Sonya said...

Oh wow! I'm sh*te at pullups, but these I *can* do! and they don't seem to give jip to elbows either

(flexes arms) ggggggggr, I'm gonna be a girl beast, oh yes!

Nice tip.

(though I'm using my fingerboard to pull up on, rather than pull up bar which I don't have. And am just ever so slightly worried about pulling the whole thing off the wall and clonking my heid with board and axes!)