Is it possible to climb too much as a beginner?

Yes, you can climb too much as a beginner. An overuse injury will be incredibly detrimental to your climbing progression.

I remember when I first started climbing it was all I wanted to do. I wanted to go every single day. And on the days I forced myself to take a rest day I was so incredibly bored. All I thought about was heading back to the gym.

Once I started outdoor climbing my addiction to climbing got even worse! I wanted to uproot my entire life and dedicate it to the sport. Beginner climbers run into the conundrum of wanting to climb every single day, but run the risk of personal injury the more often they climb.

Unfortunately, these bad habits caught up with me. My upper body muscles were sore for days, the tendons in my elbows and fingers would ache, and I had to soak my feet in ice water baths thanks to my shoes that were way too tight.

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Should I climb every day?

Don’t climb every day. You’ll see better gains climbing 3 times a week and working on proper technique than you will just bouldering every single day. Rock climbing puts a lot of stress on some delicate joints like our fingers and elbows. Rest is just as important as training. Build a routine that limits your climbing to a few days a week.

But just because you can’t go rock climbing every day doesn’t mean that you can’t practice the skills every day. You can practice flagging and back flagging while standing up and watching TV.

Cleaning up after a day of climbing at the New River Gorge

It may seem silly to do these movements standing up. But focus on going slow and ensuring that you are perfectly balanced and your core is tight. In both indoor and outdoor climbing, I am constantly looking for ways to manipulate my center of gravity to make it easier to grab the next hold. Don’t sleep on this technique, practice it on your rest days.

Can I go to the climbing gym every day?

You can go to the rock or bouldering gym every day! The community at the gym is one of the most addictive aspects of climbing. So while we can still go every day, that doesn’t mean we can be climbing everyday.

Thankfully, modern climbing gyms are equipped with squat racks, ellipticals, and some even have saunas! I used to think that cardio was useless, but now I love putting on a podcast and using the elliptical for 20-30 minutes.

A climber about to rappel in Joshua Tree National Park

You can also belay your friends! I love belaying my friends on their projects and watching them send. I know that at some point in the future, they’ll be belaying me while I struggle on my project. Pay it forward and give them a catch!

Is it bad to rock climb every day?

After a certain point, it is going to be detrimental to your body to rock climb every day. But I have gone on week long trips where I have done some climbing every single day. I once spent a few weeks at the New River Gorge and after a while, I got totally sick of climbing! Not even was my body unable to climb, I mentally had no desire to head out to the crag. That’s ok! You need some time to recharge your psyche and try new things.

Climbing utilizes our pull muscles. Sometimes I will try to balance out overuse in these muscles by working through a push routine. If you have sore muscles, listen to your body and take a rest day. Muscle soreness is a great indicator that you need to take some time off. Taking one or two days off now to recover is better than taking 6-8 weeks off due to an injury.

Looking up Night Moves at the New River Gorge

Is it bad to climb 3 days in a row?

3 days in a row is the maximum number of days I will climb in a row. And if I have climbed for 3 days in a row, I am taking at least 2 days off. If you find yourself in a situation where you’re going to be rock climbing multiple days in a row, try out some of these tips.

Climb different styles! If I climb overhung or vertical climbs for multiple days, my upper body muscles are exhausted and I feel my finger strength begin to deteriorate. One thing I can do is climb slabs. These slabs will put more of the weight on my legs and feet. My upper body gets a break and I still get to head out climbing!

How can I recover from climbing?

Getting sleep and eating healthy is critical. I love eating skittles and have eaten a large bag of skittles after a long day of sending. The next day I feel sore, bloated, and inflamed. Refuel your body with food healthier than skittles.

Manchester Wall in Richmond, VA

I also love cold showers and ice baths. They are awful before getting in but are totally worth it. Recently, I have been having a lot of pain thanks to my climbing shoes. The shoes are rubbing on my bunions and cramming my toes. When I soak my feet in the cold ice bath for five minutes, I feel immense relief.

Can you start climbing at 30?

Of course, you can start climbing at 30! Going to the gym for a climbing session is a productive way to spend your time and a great way to meet new people. Don’t worry about your climbing ability when you start. Go in with the mindset that you’re learning a new skill and you’re going to struggle at first. Keep coming back and you’ll be rewarded with the satisfaction of a job well done.

How long does it take to get good at rock climbing?

After six months of climbing regularly, you’ll be surprised at how far your ability on the climbing wall has come. But “good” is also subjective. In my mind, if you’re having fun then you are “good” at rock climbing. Over my career, I have seen plenty of people climb higher grades than I ever have. All I can do is applaud them and use that for training motivation!

Kaufman-Cardon at Seneca Rocks, WV

Can I climb on rest days?

If you scheduled a rest day, don’t climb on your rest day! We need our rest. And canceling our rest for climbing sessions will hurt us in the long run. Instead, belay all of your climbing friends, practice your technical skills, or go for a hike.

Can you be too heavy to climb?

Wes Schweitzer, offensive linemen for the Washington Football Team is a beast at climbing! He is constantly featured sending routes on the Sportrock Instagram page. His strength and flexibility are incredible. And when he’s not climbing routes, he’s blocking defensive linemen in the National Football League.

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