ROI – Many a Western man and woman will live and die by this one agonizing question,
What Is the return on my Investment?
If it’s high, move forward, if it’s just medium, then perhaps sit and chill for a while, and if it’s low, you’ll probably want to pull out, sometimes literally. This can be applied to many things in our often shallow society, work, training, relationships, finances, diet, whatever you can think of. Nearly everything has an ROI, with the exception of spirituality perhaps, which (physically speaking) there is very little “return” (except for the one you give to yourself). It seems to me at least, spirituality means having faith, ROI means having facts.
So with that being said, here’s a training video that my new friend Bailey Manson sent me regarding a new-ish grip strength routine. Or at least it’s new to me, I’m sure the Chinese have been doing this for thousands of years already. Anyway, check it out, and please give us some feedback, we’d like to hear if anyone out there has any thoughts on this or are doing this already. If nothing else, it looks like a great way to get the blood pumping, but then again, what’s the ROI?…
Here’s my Two Cents.
1. That dude with the bleached blond hair is sort of intense. 2. You could probably do this with whey protein cookie dough as well, and when you’re done, just pop that shit in the oven and presto, you got yourself a tasty energy bar at the end of it all:) ha ha.
But seriously, I think it’s a super interesting idea, and I may even give it a shot one day, just to see what it feels like. I think stronger muscles almost always create better climbers, (i.e. Nels Rossasen) and this seems to me as though it will definitely get you stronger, pump more lactic acid through the veins and get you to recover quicker too. Also, it will help strengthen rotation, mobility and the smaller more stabilizing tissues. I like it. But, how well it translates to REAL climbing? I don’t know. From what I’ve learned, hard rock is generally about how much force you can put on your finger tips, and then maintain core strength and wrist control throughout body movement without letting that force slip. I still think hangboarding and fingerboarding workouts would deliver better direct results. Basically, I think rice buckets will help with overall grip strength, like for ice climbing and mixed climbing, and probably pitching and hitting baseballs, but slightly less for face climbing and crack climbing purposes, (unless you’re on big roof holds and tufa’s) but small edge crimping probably not as drastically. But still, it’s kinda cool and worth a try I suppose!