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Fitness for surfing?

Having been a keen surfer since the late eighties, I can give you a reasonable list of the essentials: Press ups Pull ups Sit ups Burpees Swimming That's it. Seriously. All you really need to focus ...
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Is it likely to be my technique or my muscles that cause my arms and shoulders to ache so soon after I start kayaking?

Short of seeing a video of your technique, here is some general advice. A very common but poor technique in the forward stroke is where you keep your torso relatively still and repeatedly push and ...
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Which gym workouts are beneficial for improving rock climbing skills?

There a few muscle groups that are heavily used while climbing: Lats: The side muscles of your back. Also termed as wings. Biceps. Forearms (one of the first to tire out). Calves (for most of your ...
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Most efficient training before alpine hiking/climbing?

Instead of running or walking, I recommend you go to the gym and do the Stairmaster. This will provide an aerobic workout while building the muscles you need for hiking and scrambling. This is what I ...
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Most efficient training before alpine hiking/climbing?

All these are well and good, but "No training plan survives contact with real life". Doing something vaguely aerobic that you enjoy doing for several hours at a stretch one or two times a week is ...
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Which gym workouts are beneficial for improving rock climbing skills?

Ricketyship's answer gives a great outline of training the climbing specific muscles, so I would like to add several other points (especially as the question asked about antagonist training). First ...
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Most efficient training before alpine hiking/climbing?

In short: Build up your base endurance! This will give you the ability to perform at moderate intensity over several hours and to recover quickly after the tour. This means, try to get many low-...
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When do you need compensation training for bouldering?

The main problems caused by onesided training are reduced movement range, bad posture and lack of stability (which increases the risk of acute injuries). Anyone who has done any kind of intense sport ...
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Fitness for surfing?

I would recommend Yoga. Yoga when done to the extreme is very exhausting, good for balance, and stability muscles. As trying to define yoga routines would be way to long of an answer, I would ...
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Tricks for dealing with fingers numb from cold

Cold numbing extremities is partly due to cold actually at the extremities, and partly the blood reaching them not being very warm. I've often seen winter runners wearing gloves and short sleeves. I'...
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Fitness for surfing?

Without knowing your level of physical fitness, I would say that the following points would be important to be able to enjoy surfing: Balance, critical for enjoyment of any "ride the thing" sport. ...
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What are suitable strength exercise for archers?

Sit-ups won't work, archery is all about the shoulders, not abs. Also it's a bad idea to dry aim a bow, it is generally frowned upon. There are exercise tools you can buy such as a bow training ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

Always remember that when you carry a backpack, it's the whole of your upper body that has to take the weight. If the weight is only on the shoulders, you will eventually end up with with a painful ...
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Which gym workouts are beneficial for improving rock climbing skills?

Taking a slightly different tact here, I'm going to recommend 3 exercises (or types of exercise), rows, squats and Turkish get-ups. Rows A lot of the rounded shoulder postural issues you see in ...
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What are the possible risks of exercising at high altitudes?

There is no "abnormal" risk involved with strength exercises at high altitude. What I mean by "abnormal" is, that there is nothing different about doing body-weight strength exercises compared to e.g. ...
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Is it likely to be my technique or my muscles that cause my arms and shoulders to ache so soon after I start kayaking?

You can train through this, but don’t miss this opportunity to use the information from your muscles to improve your technique as much as you can while your complaining arms give you the incentive. ...
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Should I do exercises for finger strength as an intermediate, heavy climber?

I'm in much the same boat as you, 180cm, 90kg. I started climbing a couple of years ago and again, most of my climbing buddies are a good 20-40kg lighter and a few cm shorter than me. Climbers are ...
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Tricks for dealing with fingers numb from cold

A fast method that works if you are not really cold but just have cold/clumsy fingers: Flick your hand, as if you want to shuck off a glove. This will get the blood rushing into your hand, just enough ...
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Most efficient training before alpine hiking/climbing?

A personal anecdote. Two fairly unfit blokes go to the Alps and spend a week on long but easy training climbs. Then they are joined by two athlete friends who are in hard marathon training. The two ...
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What everyday tasks can be adapted in a way that helps build muscles and technique for bouldering?

The main idea to muscle up your arms and strengthen your wrists and fingers is to make things harder when you carry things: Carry more, with one hand instead of two. Use less fingers (as you pointed ...
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What exercises can you do before Scuba Diving to improve your air consumption?

Practice and remaining calm underwater seems to be the key to reducing your gas consumption. Most new divers consume lots of gas due to the unfamiliarity of being underwater, novice skills, and the ...
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What exercises can you do before Scuba Diving to improve your air consumption?

Personally I would say regular exercise routine with swimming and cardio will help improve your air consumption. But the best exercise for scuba diving is more scuba diving. The more you dive, the ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

2 weeks is not alot of time to prepare. Try to do squats and rows. And box-step-ups with a load on your back (gradually increasing). My scheme looks like this: 3 times per week I do 5 sets of 5 reps ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

Core exercises. Your abs are the bowstring to your back, if you have weak abs, you'll feel it in your back first. Wearing a heavy bag puts added stress on you back, which engages you abs, but we as ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

Backaches are part of life with backpacking until you have a pile of experience. Causes Compression. You are carrying more load than you are used too. This squeezes your vertebrae together. This ...
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Are there any exercises that will strengthen my back to prepare for a day hike?

Not going to strengthen much in two weeks. But you can get your back and shoulders used to weight and fit of the pack. I would go for as many short to long hikes as you can and would not overload ...
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Fitness for surfing?

Do you live near the beach? If so the best exercise for surfing is surfing. As an avid surfer for 25+ years, this has been the case for me. Outside of that, swimming, paddling, and rowing are good ...
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What exercises should you do before a ski trip to build leg stamina?

When preparing for skiing, I run 3km twice a week. I repeat the following program three times: 100 step ups 50 jumping jacks Hold plank for 1 minute Wall Sit for 1 minute 30 Crunches ...
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