/ how to condition calfs for ice climbing
im finding now i dont live in scotland my calfs can easily get over worked at the start of a multiday trip and take days to fully recover. Whats the best strategy for conditioning my legs prior to this.
Good question Curly, been having similar thoughts. Is doing a steep uphill training routine in trainers more beneficial than indoor, calf raising sessions ( monotonous) or a combo of both?
Yes, I've got the Arthur's Seat nearby for a quick trundle to stretch the legs.
no need to actually put crampons on then?
I would imagine the issue ice climbing is from holding a position statically rather than raises but I guess just conditioning the muscle through raises helps enough?
It clearly doesn't work by itself and you'll have to do some of the above exercises, but even a little helps right?
It helps I regularly have to do 4/5 flights of stairs to get to lectures...
> im finding now i dont live in scotland my calfs can easily get over worked at the start of a multiday trip and take days to fully recover. Whats the best strategy for conditioning my legs prior to this.
Go for a walk up the hills at the back of your house...;-)
You could maybe relax your calfs and drop your heels more or maybe your front points are too long?
I think dropping my heels is related to the issue as it over stretches the calfs in a strained position?
I think my front points maybe a bit long tbh, but I still think that to go from no ice climbing to multipitch ice (I don't seem to get the same problem as much on mixed) I need some calfs training and more than just walking / running / stairs.
I do a combination of calf-raises down the gym with weights loaded on to my shoulders. I tend to do lower weights / higher reps to build up endurance.
I do lots of skipping to strengthen calves for ice climbing. No fancy moves.
The only thing I have done similar to the CALF PUMP you get front pointing.
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