Wobbly Lifter wrote:
Sorry to hear about the knee problems. Bouldering will help with all the goals you mention, including core strength. I've always found it an enjoyable workout. How often do you go? Working up to 3-4 times a week for two hours would be a good volume. Any advice beyond that would depend on the type of equipment you have access to. If you want core exercises beyond bouldering, V-ups
and plank type exercise are excellent and require no equipment.
The knee is on the mend, the surgery went ok, but there were some complications and the surgeon had to go in the back of my knee which added a few weeks to the recovery time. I LOVE bouldering and unfortunately this means I won't we back on the wall for a while. I was going 3 times a week for 1 to 1.5 hours and I can attribute any visible definition in my shoulders and arms to climbing. Since I won't be climbing for several weeks I am planning to change my membership from the climbing gym to a weight lifting gym (probably 24Hr Fitness, here in Portland, OR). This way I'll have access to a variety of workout equipment. I ever-so-hate doing calisthenics, though I think that's something I'll need to get over to obtain the results I'm looking for.
Another person whose before pics look better than my after pics. This site can be depressing. LOL
Ha, thanks. This isn't my "true" before pic, I've been climbing for over a month and any visible muscle is due to that. Find something you like to do and do the heck out of it. That's the philosophy I've been operating under.