Motivation is key in everything we do. Whether is endurance sports, study or work, the best outcome will only emerge when motivation is high.
When I was younger and started climbing, I had this strong motivation for power training. I consulted climbing websites and printed out training sessions so I could work the heck out of me on my fingerboard. My progress in climbing was ultimately caused by my forearm power and of course the confidence that comes with that. I knew I was strong, I knew I could hang on bad holds for extended periods of time so this gave be the boldness to climb harder and more exposed routes.
These days, however, I am much weaker and my climbing is based more on experience, footwork, diet (oats porridge) and optimized energy consumption while ascending. To be honest this suits me beautifully coz I found myself climbing for pure joy and not for a specific goal (a certain route, grade or competition). My training consists of climbing either outdoors or in the gym. No more maniac pull ups and dead hangs - I do some of these though but not as many as when I was young and dumb. I also keep my general fitness through mountain bike cycling, trekking and mountaineering.
Here you can read some thoughts about climbing, motivation, ego and life by Chris Sharma.
P.S. Stay motivated!
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