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After a year of taking Tai Chi classes at the Texas Rock Gym, I got into bouldering a couple weeks ago with a work buddy. We're both pretty new at this thing, and I thought if any more experienced climbers/boulderers have any advice, I'd love to hear it.

Currently what I've been told so far:
1) Take it easy, don't push too hard and don't go to often (2x a week for now)
2) Stretch arms and elbows before/after, especially after
3) Avoid Crimps, stick with open handed holds
4) on off days, do handstand pushups, dips, and pullups (especially the pushups and dips)
5) keep stretching, the tendons don't feel pain like muscles but they need time to recover and take longer to bounce back and strengthen than muscles (hence don't go to often).

Any other advice?

cheers!
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I'm pretty new also. Been doing bouldering and toproping for a few months now. It's awesomely fun.

Your advice sounds good. The only thing I'd add is to get good shoes, and check on the web first for how much they stretch. My shoes fit at first, but have stretched and now don't give me the control I need sometimes so I may have to buy a second pair in a smaller size.

And yes, watch out for the tendons. I've had tendonitis from before I started climbing, and it's one of those sucky issues that can take indefinitely long to recover from. As soon as you feel tendonitis lay off until it is gone. Muscle soreness you can work through, but tendonitis is completely different.
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Oh and my tai chi teacher (also a rock climber) also suggested I practice standing for extended periods on one leg...he says it strengthens the ankles and helps prevents sprains.
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aaarg_ink wrote:
Oh and my tai chi teacher (also a rock climber) also suggested I practice standing for extended periods on one leg...he says it strengthens the ankles and helps prevents sprains.


Do that on top of a folded towel, it adds instability and makes your ankles work that much harder.
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abrannan wrote:
aaarg_ink wrote:
Oh and my tai chi teacher (also a rock climber) also suggested I practice standing for extended periods on one leg...he says it strengthens the ankles and helps prevents sprains.


Do that on top of a folded towel, it adds instability and makes your ankles work that much harder.


Cool, will do...he also recommended closing one's eyes.
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aaarg_ink wrote:
abrannan wrote:
aaarg_ink wrote:
Oh and my tai chi teacher (also a rock climber) also suggested I practice standing for extended periods on one leg...he says it strengthens the ankles and helps prevents sprains.


Do that on top of a folded towel, it adds instability and makes your ankles work that much harder.


Cool, will do...he also recommended closing one's eyes.


And on the bus on your way to work.
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Haha, as one of the very few Houstonians who take the bus to work, I've thought about doing that!
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Ah, this is a serious thread. And here I was going to suggest you ask Magdar.

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