Bouldering and Weighlifting

Is it possible to weightlift 3-4 times week whilst bouldering recreationally? The bouldering community seems pretty adamant that you cant, but Id like to try because it seems like an enjoyable experience and is probably the only fitness hobby that isnt a sausagefest and is full of qts. But I dont wanna lose my gains.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I think it depends on the type of bouldering you do and how you combine it with upper body. It's almost exclusively pulling so if you do it on a pull day it should be fine. Alternatively you could work on something like slab if you're recovering.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i dont do pulling/pushing day. I just do Upper body/lower body days. I mix up pulling and pushing upper body exercises in my upperbody days, with some variations

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        If you toss bouldering in with no consideration for the extra load on the upper body you'll probably not be able to recover properly. At the end of the day it's up to you to determine if you're able to recover, but I'd suggest combining climbing with the upper body days and doing the lifting afterwards. There are a lot of people that I see doing that since each bouldering gym has a regular smaller gym inside it.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          seems like good advice. Ill definately go a few pounds lighter during bouldering days. No lifting to exhaustion either.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          So anon, you seem familiar with bouldering. If I maintain my moderate weight liftimg workload that entails strength training with some aesthetics goals, what would be my bouldering ceiling? Upper Intermediate or lower Intermediate? Has there ever been a weightlifteer who done advanced climbs? Seems like to a certain point, muscle weight and inflexibility becomes a liability as you progress.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            If you dont go full power lifter fat guy than you can ofc be zyss like and do 8/10 boulders without talent

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            If you dont go full power lifter fat guy than you can ofc be zyss like and do 8/10 boulders without talent

            You can be rambo. Boxing champ and spider man

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Seems like to a certain point, muscle weight and inflexibility becomes a liability as you progress.

            That is true. If your goal is to be a professional climber, you have to look like pic related. Sorry. If you are a hobbyist climber, you can have all the hypertrophy you want (naturally) and still mog most hobbyist climbers. If I had to guess, I'd say V7/V8 is where your gains would start to hinder you. So the ceiling would be expert.

            It's also worth noting that a lot of weightlifting skills transfer well to climbing. Weightlifters walk in with their gains and suck for like 1 day, then pick up climbing very quickly. This will make the limp-wristed ꜱoybeans that populate climbing gyms seethe. Fun stuff.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              I've noticed certain problems give me way more trouble than my friends (am 5'9 175lbs) but I've never seen a guy heavier than me send anything I can't send myself. Luv me dynos because they're all really just a function of courage

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                It turns out, weightlifters that do climbing on the side are kind of rare. I'm 5'11" 175 and do V5s. There is a guy at my gym with a huge upper body who mogs everyone on the climbing wall too, so I know it can be done.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Matt Fultz is pretty beefy and he's one of the best boulderers in the world. Here he is on a V16.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              lol, yeh. 2 weeks ago was my first session, and my cousin who is my bouldering partner said he couldnt even do the climbs I did within the first few months. Its still annoying how anti-weightlifting the bouldering community is, but Ill keep at it at both sports. Im not here to win a bouldering championship, just to have fun and hopefully get to know a few fitness girls.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      so should I just not do any pulling exercises a day before or on the day of bouldering? I only do it once a week

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I'm not an expert, but I'd think you should do it on the same day as climbing. If you're more interested in climbing well, I'd do the pulling exercises after you're done climbing.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I try to climb on chest day and rest day. Even in bouldering, you're limited by your forearms, not your back so it doesn't really matter. I've done entire back workouts after an hour of climbing and hit PRs even. Turns out climbing isn't a big workout for anything but forearms.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          how long have you been climbing? it kinda sounds like you have poor technique if it only feels like you’re working forearms. your legs and core should be getting their share as well.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      so should I just not do any pulling exercises a day before or on the day of bouldering? I only do it once a week

      I've found that pulling and bouldering within the same 24 hours doesn't impact strength but does slightly increase the risk of injury for whichever one you do second. But I've been able to boulder at night and then come back to PR on deadlifts or pullups the following morning.

      Imo most people chalk up to overtraining what can easily be cured by eating more protein or getting a full night's sleep, or is just residual soreness from a new movement. If you notice you plateaued on one or the other after increasing your exercise, and your diet/sleep is fine, then consider dialing it back, but otherwise you can probably do it indefinitely.

      >The bouldering community seems pretty adamant that you cant
      The bouldering community is full of limp wristed hipsters and I train so that I can mog them

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks anon, I needed that.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I do PPL 6 days a week and boulder 2-3 times a week. Lifting in the mornings, bouldering in the evenings. Hasn't impeded my gains on either although I'm a noob at bouldering, v4 level on a good day.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Be careful when you're starting out. Your tendons don't recover as quickly as your muscles do. It's very easy to get tendinitis.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Im doing it once a week rn, so I should be fine

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes it is but you have to sacrifice some volume and intensity.
    Just do 1 or 2 sets less per exercise and save 2-3 reps per set or you can use a weight that you can rep out for 2 more reps over your current sets but stick with the same reps, for example if you do 5 sets of 5, do 4 sets of 5 with weights that you can do 6-7 reps.
    Same on the bouldering don't go too hard and you'll be fine.
    You can do 1 hard session per week for each resulting in 2 hard sessions and the rest of the days you train do a session of moderate intensity.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I work at a rock wall and I lift 4 days per week upper/lower and I climb 5.12s.

    This of course means nothing to all of you because I am a woman and even though I have been lifting for 3 years I barely hit 1/2/3/4.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I climb 5.12s
      Indoor or out?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Indoors because my skin is extremely pale. I burn after only an hour outside with sunscreen on. It's not worth the trouble.

        Woman hitting 405 deadlift after just 3 years is pretty good fampai
        >pls be in london

        Unfortunately I am in burgerland. I have only hit a 1rm of 405. I also barely got to 3pl8 squat and can only do it on good days. I work really hard for it but god damn being a woman is rough. My muscles are so small compared to men who do the exact same program I do.
        >Inb4 do anavar
        no I like not nuking my heart ty

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I don't think I've seen a woman squat over 300 in recent memory. I've seen the occasional one go over 200 and that was my main motivation to get on the right side of 3 plates back when I was at that threshold.

          But in my bouldering gym it's hard to find a man that squats 3 either. I was trying to get my gf up to 1/2/3/4 but she left me (and the gym) before I could finish the job.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I only did it once and could probably only pull it off after resting and eating a bunch. It's almost not worth it as a woman. It feels painful and I like the way I look without being overly muscular. Sorry about your gf fren. I'd love to have a lifting buddy (female) to go to the gym with. I never see any women that look serious and I'm disgusted when women wear spandex and bras to the gym so it's hard for me to make friends.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Outdoors is a different beast. I'd recommend it; it's very fun. A lot scarier, at least for me.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You see, I simply cannot go outside without getting burnt. It will not happen. And I hate going outside anyway I'd rather stay inside and grind away at my 20 yr old mmo.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >1/2/3/4
              >climbs
              >plays what I'm positive is a certain medieval cookie clicker
              I have to ask. Where in burgerland

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                East coast. I'm about to hurt your feelings though, I only date asian guys.

              • 2 months ago
                In All Fields

                Too far away for me to care, but I hope some guy makes you happy one day

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                On that note I got rejected by an Israeli chick who had a couple inches on me when I was out bouldering today, so maybe I was living the dream after all

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Woman hitting 405 deadlift after just 3 years is pretty good fampai
      >pls be in london

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >ohp 135
      >bench 225
      >biological female
      lol no

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I'm 5'10 and a few of my relatives were incredibly athletic, almost Olympian level. I do not think your average fat Amerilard can pull off what I have. I also worked very hard towards this and catered my diet perfectly. It is possible.

        However I guess the blood line ends with me because I have yellow fever something terrible. I don't know how to get rid of it either. I'm almost 24 and scared to settle down because I know it'll be with half white kids. Sigh. Pic related my ideal relationship.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          post body

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            And why would I do that when I'm saving myself for my husband's eyes ? Pathetic coomer. I really hope my future bf isn't a porn addicted loser.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >muh Nipponese husband
              >noooo I can’t post my body on 4ching!!!

              You are the very animal you claim to hate, for there is nothing worse than a white woman who racemixes. You are a moron enabler. An animal factory. Grow a pair of ovaries and break the fucking addiction. I did it, and now I have an unironic white tradfu instead of a moron wife. I still find Asian girls highly attractive, but I no longer have an interest in raising a family with one. Do the right thing, or at least stop preaching about morality while you commit suicide.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I wouldn't ever date a jap they're fucked in the head and gross looking. I'd rather be caught dead than date a Japanese man. I already speak some Korean and I'd be happy to learn Chinese for a Chinese guy. Your wife is miserable btw and I hope she cleans you in divorce court when you inevitably cheat on her. I had a Korean bf once but we broke up because I kept calling him a filthy chink in bed, not really my problem. You're kind of deHispanicable and I somewhat want to go find an Asian bf right now just to walk around in public and watch men like you internally seethe over it. Gross ass. Pic related is my future and I'd rather have it over dating a white man I cannot get wet for.

                As for posting my body, seethe more. The idea of a white guy cumming to me makes me want to puke.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Triggered moustache lady

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                this is a really odd larp

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                im asian and you're a weird guy

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Its more than possible anon I used to climb 3-4 hours a day (skip sunday because they closed early) and work out for an hour directly after, several people in the gym did this daily, a lot of them were highschool kids and early 20s ppl. Did I lose an insane amount of weight doing this? Absolutely. Infact the only reason I was able to do this was because I didnt care at all about gaining weight, I was 147lbs at 6'2 absolutely shredded, but I was also 21-22 years old and barely needed sleep or food to function. Its cool though youll get really strong if you eat properly, I think the only reason I did this was because there was an asian spa Id get a happy ending at everyday after going there, I was straight addicted. Anyway goodluck

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I lift
    mon-lower
    tues-upper
    thurs-total but mostly lighter accessories
    sat-climb but mostly technique or routes which dont burn me out

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's all diet. Bouldering provides a sufficient pull workout. But you need to make sure to balance it with a push day.

    I find it difficult to workout after a long session but I tend to run 4-5 hour sessions either gym/outdoor and my muscles ache the next day. But you should treat it like HIIT. If you're not on a cut, you'll definitely need to eat more than you think to maintain bodyweight. If you're climbing consistently (10 minute breaks + climbing difficult routes) you can burn a SHITLOAD of calories an hour doing it. This is why a lot of climbers are lanky as fuck. Just eat more.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >The bouldering community seems pretty adamant that you cant
    Yeah because they don't lift, they get a pump and they immediately sit down and wait for it to go away lmao
    Bouldering is fun, but unless it's about climbing technique don't listen to them about literally anything else, they are the most servile, leftist, web developer retards going.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a DYEL so take this for what it is but over the summer I'm experimenting with pull/push where I first do bouldering and then deadlifts/rows, pullups and curls on pull days and squats, bench and DB OHP on push days. I'm only a week in so I don't have any other results than that my tendons are fine, I hate myself for being weak, and I have talked to one bouldering grill thus far. I'm going again today.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    sent my first few moonboard problems the other day, shit was cash

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Is it possible to weightlift 3-4 times week whilst bouldering recreationally?
    Absolutely, you'll probably never become a top boulderer but who the fuck cares?
    Enjoy climbing, enjoy lifting

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You obviously can, just do fewer pull movements at the gym.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The climbing community is full of gay DYEL hippies who desperately try to gatekeep everything.
    Its an elitist community, so they're obviously gonna talk shit about lifting, ignore them. Its not so intense that its going to fuck you up, I used to boulder on rest days all the time.

    If you wanted to focus entirely on climbing, then yes you may have to take your lifting schedule into consideration, but if you're just going for fun, dont over think it.

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