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The Irish Farmer's.. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all posts)
simon3
2006-11-29 17:58:33
Calculating Height
Gyms, ghastly places but they perform a function. Last year I had occasion to use one in the Struggle to Haul my Carcase Over the Turks.

I agree with you totally, you need to try to relate activity in the gym with the real world and counting height gain is good. All the treadmills I have encountered express their slope as a gradient (as in 1 in 5 which equals 20%) not an angle. Assuming that your 15 is a gradient not an angle then the height rise in 1000m is 150m. (Tell your son the gradient is a Tan)

For other machines like steppers or moving stairs I took in a tape measure, which got me some interesting stares as well as an exact idea of height gained which these gadgets usually show as "floors" climbed.

There's more. The hardest thing in a gym is to manage your motivation. Bring a route-card. Envisage your progress along it in metres gained. Bring pictures of summits. Remember what you do each time and only very very gently increase. Never find yourself forcing yourself for 15mins.

The next most important thing is to manage your heart-rate. Buy a cheap pulse meter - I got one in a duty-free for under 30 pounds. Monitor your heart-rate on the hills when climbing. Know what makes you feel tired and what makes you exhausted. Relate this to what you do in the gym.

Get the gym staff to teach you stretches for quads and other leg muscles.

If you are young and do long climbing walks regularly ignore gyms like I used to and just go - you've plenty of time to learn the hard way.
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