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Advice for training/keeping fit while living on a sailboat?!?

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Wyatt Stevens · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 5

I'm about to set off on a voyage across the Pacific Ocean, for 25+ days on a 46ft sailboat with my family! I'm super stoked, but I don't want to get to the other side of the Pacific and be so out of climbing shape that I can't sample some of the alleged DWS in the Marquesas!

I'm looking for advice for training in: small spaces, with limited equipment, i.e. no hangboard :'(... Any responses are appreciated! I'm willing to get creative!

And..... GO!

Brian Abram · · Celo, NC · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 498

Get a hangboard you can take with you and hang from anything…

Or just enjoy several weeks off doing something unique and awesome. Recover and know you'll be fine

Colt2056 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2014 · Points: 15

If you can't find a place to mount a hangboard, your not trying hard enough.

Brian Matusiewicz · · Bridgewater · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 35

Hang off the edge of the deck and traverse the boat.

Optimistic · · New Paltz · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 300

Rock rings are pretty easy to hang up without drilling into anything.

A pinch block would be easy to make and store. Google "Steve Maisch pinch block", that should get you there. Or just screw 2 6" 2x4's together (on the wide face) and then center an eyebolt on the narrow side of the block. Clip the heaviest weight to it that you can hold for 10sec.

But maybe better to focus on what would be easy to do, body weight exercises, core work, maybe flexibility. Good chance to focus on shoulder strength and stability (a couple of gallon jugs would be decent resistance to use for a shoulder workout.

Have fun!

John Barritt · · OKC · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 1,053

Are you sailing or just planning on lying in a hammock all the way?

I don't think you'll get out of shape if you're involved, sailing is a lot of work.

Have fun, be safe, if you can't do both have fun. JB

Mathias · · Loveland, CO · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 308

A few different weights of thera-bands or the like might not be a bad idea if space is a concern.

aikibujin · · Castle Rock, CO · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 294

So there’s keeping fit in general, and keeping fit for climbing. The two aren’t exactly mutually exclusive, but you’d be kidding yourself if you think you can just do a bunch of general fitness exercises without any climbing specific training for a month, and be able to maintain your climbing fitness.

Like mentioned above, rock rings, pinch blocks, compact hangboard, do whatever you can to at least maintain your grip strength. If you can’t do that, then just lower your expectations and know you’ll climb like crap a month later.

Optimistic · · New Paltz · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 300

Completely unrelated but if you haven't read Joshua Slocum's Sailing Around the World Alone it would be a fun time to do that.

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