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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

There's a technicality here that's about the difference between "training" and "being active". It's important not to confuse the two but where the threshold lies is a matter for an individual. For ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

I don't think it works like you think it works. If you're trying to build your distance, you might do 8 miles one Saturday, then the next weekend do 8 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday. The next, 10 on ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

I was a tennis instructor for about 10 years. Here are a few things from my experience that can become problems for you with learning through videos. 1). You have to retain everything that you watched ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

I can answer only from experience from learning ice-skating, swimming and tennis. No video can tell you what you are doing wrong. For that, you need an experienced instructor. And not all ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

There are a lot of factors, but for the Appalachian Trail there are a lot of hikers so it can give us pretty good insight into the time it takes for the average thru hiker to reach maximum mileage per ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

Subject to advice from your physio and doctor, training on a (well-fitted) bike can be excellent, as your joints aren't under too much load or twisting. Cycling that sort of distance will make a ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

@AnoE's answer is pretty much bang on, but there are two main elements that you can't learn by watching videos; stress management and improvisation. I've taught numerous people to climb outside, and ...
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Why is there so much emphasis on in-person professional instruction in outdoor sports?

Specifically for your example of rock climbing: You should really have personal oversight on your first real rock climbs because the stakes are much higher. In the climbing gym, the safe points are in ...
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How to prepare on hiking routes?

The answers you seek are not easily quantifiable - for instance, a very fit experienced hiker might walk 50+ km a day on flat, open (i.e. not brush covered) terrain, but might only do 5-10 (or less) ...
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How to overcome the fear of falling in lead climbing

I've found a great way to work through this is doing intentional fall progressions. Since you are climbing mostly indoors this is easy to do frequently. Make sure you have a solid and patient ...
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How to overcome the fear of falling in lead climbing

As you say, it's only in your head. Here are some things that may work (worked for me with various degrees of success): Just do it more. You say that you climb "almost all indoors" and "have taken a ...
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How many calories does hiking burn?

An adult person burns between 100 to 150 kcal additionally per 100m elevation gained. Moreover, if you carried some common back bag you should add around 50 to 100 calories per hour. If the bag was ...
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Train yourself to need less water

You'd be better of strength training your muscles to carry the extra weight of the water you need to carry. How much water an individual needs to stay hydrated is not a standard measure. Different ...
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How to progress in rock climbing after grades v4 / 5.11+?

Before embarking on specifics, a word of advice: learn to love plateaus. When beginning climbing, we make drastic improvements seemingly every time we go out. As we improve, gains become more and more ...
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Delayed muscle ache after boulder session

Have you ever done any weight training? This kind of "delayed onset muscle soreness" is very common for people beginning a weight training program. This wikipedia page attempts to explain the ...
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Fitness for hiking to Everest base camp

I assume you're talking about the south base camp in Nepal, which is the more popular destination. The typical route gains about 8000 feet over 40+ miles, which is really quite gentle, although the ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

Months not days. Walking is a sport. Like any sport, you need to train your sport-specific muscles over months before you start getting really serious. If not, instead of getting progressively ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

It should be good for your heart (and maybe body-weight) at least. When I started commuting that distance (18 km. each way) I bought a better bike (i.e. $700 new instead of $200 new, with extra-good ...
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Is it really a good workout to go to work by bike every day?

It isn't so much about the training as it is about the recovery. Professional cyclists are on the bike for 700-1000 kilometers a week, often with two different training sessions in a day, and multiple ...
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How many days does it take to reach hiking X miles per day?

Its going to depend on the person and the terrain, from experience it takes about 5 days to week to really hit your stride, but that will depend per person and some people take much longer to really ...
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Fitness for hiking to Everest base camp

While Patrick's answer here clears many of the points, I would like to make up a few points about warm-up routines and acclimatization. A few points may sound very specific to you and not really ...
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How can I build a board to mount climbing holds in my house?

Typically, using 3/4" (19mm) plywood board is strong enough for this use. And the bolts you want are 3/4" (19mm) plus enough each end to screw into the hold and to accept a nut. Bolts used for most ...
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How to train climbing endurance at home?

You can also train endurance at the bouldering gym (at least when it's not too crowded) by doing "4x4" exercises: Do 4 relatively easy bouldering problems back-to-back without any pause between them, ...
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How to use campus boards

I guess to understand the use of a campus board it's the easiest to have a look at it's genesis: The campus board was invented by Wolfgang Güllich, who was with Action Directe the first to climb the ...
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Are there ski exercises I can do whilst sitting at a desk?

Here are a few quick and easy ones that will help your strength: Squats will be the most useful. Not exactly at your desk, but you can definitely do it next to your desk. Seated leg raises. Keeping ...
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Where exactly would be the kill of this squirrel?

In the picture given: The brown spot beneath the arm is a gut shot. If sitting just like this you'd have to shoot through the arm for a chest shot (and waste most of that meat). In general: Rifle ...
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How to train climbing endurance at home?

Get a hangboard. Use it multiple times a day. If possible, set up a pull-up bar on each door of your rooms. Enter only after you do one pull-up. To exert your body as much as you do when climbing, ...
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How can I be sure that I'm ready to do the Three Peaks Challenge?

I have a few colleagues who have done this, and one team who did it with a colleague in a wheelchair. They are all reasonably fit, but the day job is desk-based, so if you have managed Kili easily, ...
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