At Mountain Strong, we incorporate weightlifting and climbing into our workouts in many different ways. We couple ( fitness parlance for “pair” ) climbing with heavy weightlifting to elicit a more profound response from the endocrine system to stimulate muscle growth and adaptation ( more on that here ). Sometimes we program climbing in our workouts purely for volume, grabbing the most comfortable possible holds and covering ground quickly
with no regard to technique. Other times we climb for difficulty, pulling on the smallest holds on the steepest walls where climbing technique is essential. In addition, we often bled weightlifting with climbing, moving from a climbing task to a weightlifting movement quickly and repeatedly.
If you have ever worn a tight climbing shoes during a workout you see where I’m going with this; problems can arise with how slowly climbing shoes can be taken on and off and how uncomfortable they are to wear ( especially when you’re not climbing).