/ best yoga poses and stances to build core strength
I want to climb more overhangs and roofs as they are what I need to improve on.
I have heard that for these core strength is important when climbing both of these.
I do yoga and have done some research into what poses increase core strength.
Which poses and stances are the best?
I have a few ones but not sure.
Half Shoulder Stand
Warroir number 3
Certain variations of Sun Salutation
I have no real knowledge of yoga, so i cant comment on those exercises. However, i just thought id give my opinion. Remember the term core strength relates not just to the abs, its lower back also, dont neglect it, as it will cause imbalances if your targeting the abs all the time.
Roof climbing requires good footwork and technique, such as clamping a hold with both feet.
The core exercises i do is hanging leg raises (strict form without momentum), L sit pullups, which in turn will give your lats a good workout also. ab wheel roll-out is a fun exercise, if you dont have an ab wheel, they can be done using dumbbells if you have rounded ones.
Specific lower back exercises i do is either Barbell Deadlift, good morning. Or if you have limited equipment back extensions are very good also, can be done with bodyweight, or small weight plates or dumbbells:http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/ErectorSpinae/BWHyperextensionBall.html
Getting back to your original point with the yoga, the plank poses etc will work of course, but just maintaining a static pose, makes you strong in that particular position. So maybe doing core moves that require movement, IE, the back extensions and leg raises, that will sort of mimic the bending/twisting climbing involves.
And of course, to get better at roof's, climb roofs more often^^
Think upon this!!
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Train smarter, not harder.
How many ABOs have roofs? When you're bivied in slings, which is more important, the half shoulder stand or the full eaten pie?
If the grips hurt your hands, see first to the blisters.
Therin endeth the lesson. Go forth.
From the strong came forth sweetness.
Nothing tastes sweeter than a hard route dispatched.
Listen, Sawas, learn, and apply this lesson.
You only need one - Savasana (or Corpse Pose). Practice it a lot, like 12 hrs a day. You'll be climbing 8b in no time and it's great fun too! :)
Savvas, You might not want to hear it but having seen some of your photos I think you could make massive progress on climbing overhangs and roofs by losing some weight. You won't have to be as strong if you have less weight to hold up!
Maybe combine some cardio sessions with the yoga and a few general weights sessions? Sit ups/crunches, plank variations and push-ups are also all good for the core. As mentioned above work on your whole core not just your abs. Don't go mad to start with though - climbing lots, with a bit of yoga, will help build good core strength, and watching what you eat should help you lose weight in conjuction with some cardio.
This is a relaxation post.
I like this pose a lot.
Thanks for your advice.
There are yoga poses that involve bending/twisting to.
Leg raises are involved in yoga like Fish Pose and warm ups to shoulder/half shoulder stand.
That video is like cobra pose and upward dog pose.
I do not really get the first part of your post.
What do you mean by smarter?
I do not know about the ABO objectives but I think tHe second part is to do with diet.
I am loosing weight but I want to loose more.
I do circuits once a week and I am thinking of getting a bike and doing pilates.
People mention John Dunne who was really fat but really strong and had amazing footwork aswell.
I do not get your post!
What are you saying exactly?
This video at 3,20 really helps hip flexibility and core strength.
I sometimes see the primary series as a massively long boulder problem or sequence requiring strength and flexibility. You can learn about diet and about focus from it too
Did Alex McIntyre do yoga? Does Franco Cookson do yoga? Do swamis climb mountains? What is better, the pie inside, or the yet to be eaten pie?
Answer these questions Sawas! And you shall see great improvement.
much better ways to build core strength than yoga
I do a led yoga class every monday night already.
I practie at home and do bit at the climbing centres before I climb.
Is Ashtanga fast moving yoga?
I think I will look up those things!
I know the pose you are talking about and I practice it a lot - we also do it ion my circuit class as a cool down stretch!
Cat pose is good to and sometimes used in sun salutations.
Looked up this pose on the intenet today and gave it ago at The Castle Climbing Centre....
It is really good for core....
It is a lot like the (Full) Bow Pose.
What other ways are there to build core strenghth?
> What other ways are there to build core strenghth?
Regular binge drinking. After a few hours you'll find yourself involuntarily tensing your abs over a porcelain receptacle. If you don't manage to get a full workout, just go back out and have another couple. Anything really fizzy will work well at this stage.
how about some pranayama? eg the mula bandha?
If you want to see how professional athletes train, you should watch Sean Mccoll's training video and see what ab work he does http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0vOH_XGWFU However, if you want to get better at climbing steep stuff, do loads of endurance training/climbing on steep stuff.
but abs are only part of core strength this is what many people fail to realise and normally it's not the abs which are weak
You are right.
The back is part of the core to.
and linked in with the back you also have shoulder function which plays quite a surprisingly large role in core stability
Hi i have found both sites helpful in getting good core.
This is an ace class:
+1 for the ashtanga primary series, and for your simile of it being like a boulder circuit!
For those who dont know/do yoga, ashtanga links poses, breath and "bandhas", the two main ones being mula bandha (pelvic floor) and uddiyana bandha(slight ab tension). To link poses, breath and bandhas is the goal, and is hard work/immensely satisfying.
I like it for a lot of reasons, but the main climbing benefit for me is that all the plank poses and press up moves work the opposite muscles in my (weak, flexible) shoulders that climbing doesnt.
For the OP: A really good intro (if you know some yoga asanas already) might be "Athletes Guide to Yoga" book/DVD by Sage Rountree. It gives sensible advice on bringing strength/flexibility/focus aspects of yoga into your training, with routines aimed at specific sports runners,climbers etc.
It also makes the point that (unless perfect yoga poses is your goal) you should NOT be doing yoga practice at the expense of time spent doing your sport. So get down the wall :)
A good pilates class should build strength better than yoga.
If classes are done using reformers and other equipment then these can easily be modified to be done at home on the floor and you can devise a daily workout that takes less than ten minutes.
The good thing about pilates and yoga is that it can done on your 'rest' days with out tiring you out. This is why endurance runnners use it to build core strength without putting on extra muscle or affecting the energy left to go out running.
> Hey BB.
> I am loosing weight but I want to loose more.
> I do circuits once a week and I am thinking of getting a bike and doing pilates.
> People mention John Dunne who was really fat but really strong and had amazing footwork aswell.
You dont need a bike for pilates
Very true about yoga and pilates.
What I was saying was do pilates and riding a bike as cardio.
you ever seen a strong sadhu?
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