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Training at work......
joemor
17/10/2007
9:32:42 AM
Much like many of my fellow modern day man, i am trapped behind a desk between the daylight hours. I was wondering if there is any means in which i can do some form of training whilst i wait for my computer to process its daily array of complex tasks. Is there a set of climbing related exercises that i can do from the confines of my swivel chair?

Discuss.
bne
17/10/2007
9:44:27 AM
there is always those squeezy things for strengthening forearms...and a spinny-ball-thing also for forarms/wrist.

westie
17/10/2007
9:46:12 AM
pull ups on your desk + heel hooks on the top of your computer monitor.

But seriously - staple a lot of stuff to a lot of other stuff with a really old stapler. That was my only training for Ethiopia and India.

ampedandwired
17/10/2007
10:03:00 AM
On 17/10/2007 bne wrote:
>a spinny-ball-thing also for forarms/wrist.

A what???

You also could get a dumbbell or two and do some reverse wrist curls and bicep curls.
joemor
17/10/2007
10:55:46 AM
Are the grip masters and other squeeze exercise things any good?

shiltz
17/10/2007
11:00:36 AM
I don't think they help much. I used to use one a lot when I first started work. I don't think it helped my climbing. Working close to Burnley is a lot better ;-)
dalai
17/10/2007
11:06:26 AM
On 17/10/2007 joemor wrote:
>Are the grip masters and other squeeze exercise things any good?

Not really. See previous discussions on the gripmaster here.

Use your time at work for recovery and train properly before or after work.
bne
17/10/2007
11:41:51 AM
On 17/10/2007 krunglebungle wrote:
>On 17/10/2007 bne wrote:
>>a spinny-ball-thing also for forarms/wrist.
>
>A what???
>
apparently its a power ball
http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/11120808/Wrist_Ball_Spin_Ball_Power_Ball.html

and as the website says,
"Increase your wrist strength while having fun. Wrist and finger grasp strength. Forearm's muscles strong.
The vibration of your arm makes blood circulation well. "

i have used one a couple of times but not enough to see if they have a useful effect. A few climbing friends say they help.

ampedandwired
17/10/2007
11:52:51 AM
On 17/10/2007 bne wrote:
>apparently its a power ball
>http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/11120808/Wrist_Ball_Spin_Ball_Power_Ball.html
>
>and as the website says,
>"Increase your wrist strength while having fun. Wrist and finger grasp
>strength. Forearm's muscles strong.
>The vibration of your arm makes blood circulation well. "
>

Great website... "Sound will lead you to a new & explode experience." Bwahaha, sounds dangerous to me...

joemor
17/10/2007
12:15:06 PM
On 17/10/2007 dalai wrote:
>On 17/10/2007 joemor wrote:
>>Are the grip masters and other squeeze exercise things any good?
>
>Not really. See previous discussions on the gripmaster here.
>
>Use your time at work for recovery and train properly before or after
>work.

Sounds like pinching a block of weighted wood or similar could be ok, combined with wrist exercises to strengthen my weak wrists.

Eduardo Slabofvic
17/10/2007
12:51:11 PM
Ditch your chair and get a Swiss ball and work your core all day long.

Rupert
17/10/2007
1:24:32 PM
Go here and when you have finished laughing at some of the ridiculous stuff they have like the IMTUG which I call the "I'm a Tug" device and the photos of big men about to pop a foofer valve, you can read some of their training tips on improving your grip strength here ;)

Oh and if anyone actually knows how to spell "foofer valve" please let me know - I may need the correct spelling in the future.

BadBrad of the Isles
17/10/2007
2:35:54 PM
That link is gold Rupert!

Aside from being hilarious it's actually got what looks to be some good exercises on there.

steph
17/10/2007
4:08:08 PM
On 17/10/2007 Eduardo Slabofvic wrote:
>Ditch your chair and get a Swiss ball and work your core all day long.

I've resorted to this too. And we convinced the boss to pay for us all to get a personal trainer in twice a week during the lunch break. Makes keeping fit easier than trying to fit in bunches of situps & the odd short run. You could also use a couple of small weights to avoid losing strength in the arms between climbing stints.

At the risk of dragging this into the gutter, there's a more creative way for giving the forearms a pump without leaving ur chair :P

penguinator
17/10/2007
4:28:29 PM
What Steph means, is you should take a 2kg dumbel to work and do wrist curls and rotations.

*Thread pulled back out of Gutter*

nmonteith
17/10/2007
5:31:33 PM
On 17/10/2007 dalai wrote:
>Use your time at work for recovery and train properly before or after
>work.

Good advice that seems to be flying over everyones head....
joemor
17/10/2007
5:38:08 PM
Then what do i do that is pro active when i procrastinate......??

tmarsh
17/10/2007
5:49:45 PM
On 17/10/2007 nmonteith wrote:
>On 17/10/2007 dalai wrote:
>>Use your time at work for recovery and train properly before or after
>>work.
>
>Good advice that seems to be flying over everyones head....

Neil, I thought you used your time at work to write guidebook description, upload photos and to hang out on climbing forums. Is that called 'recovery' now?

Dalai's advice is spot on. Although I can imagine it's being said with the slightly wistful tone of someone who suffers from chronic overuse injuries and who should have heeded that advice 10 years ago but didn't and is now a crumbling wreck of his former self.

The bottom line is that overuse injuries are far easier to prevent than they are to treat. If you can avoid getting them in the first place by not doing things like relentlessly pumping a gripmaster or doing doorframe chinups, then you're doing better than the sad older climbers who can't so much as turn a doorknob without wincing.

nmonteith
17/10/2007
5:51:48 PM
On 17/10/2007 tmarsh wrote:
>Neil, I thought you used your time at work to write guidebook description,
>upload photos and to hang out on climbing forums. Is that called 'recovery'
>now?

Virtual climbing at its most pathetic i'm afraid.
rod
17/10/2007
9:52:25 PM
stretch, recover, read up on training/mental and look forward to climbing. the only "training" i occasionally do at the desk is with a metolius supersoft red squeezeball/finger thing which seems to keep the tendonitis in check (search in beefy's elbow thread for a link).

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