In my late teens and early twenties there was one activity that was popular amongst climbers - particularly drunk climbers, that gives a full body workout. It is a 'pull and press' workout but will test your core strength, climbing strength and your grappling skills!
Now, a decade on, this self same exercise would appear to be a fantastic training exercise that complements a set of Stairgators (the alcohol is optional).
Google the words 'table' and 'climbing' and the forthcoming result-set will yield lots of links to South Africa and Table Mountain. But, right at the top of the list in pride of place you will find a YouTube clip dedicated to the black art of 'Table Climbing'. The only kit that is required is a sturdy (preferably freestanding), table. A table for four or six is optimal but masochists may wish to opt for a banquet sized structure. Although table shapes may vary, a square or rectangular table is traditional!
If you have never tried it before, Table Climbing looks to be a simple exercise in cocking about, but there are rules:
- Start from the top of the table.
- Leave the table top (head or feet first), at one of the table's narrowest ends.
- You must climb BETWEEN the legs of the narrow end.
- At NO point must you touch the floor (and the elite may wish to avoid touching the table's legs)
- Traverse along the underside of the table to the opposite end.
- Ascend back on to the top of the table.
- Heel hooks and hands may reach around the broad side of the table - but no other part of the body.
- The 'athlete' has completed one circuit when successfully back on top of the table.
Here is a second link showing that even small tables can be used.
No iron. No need for specialist equipment. Short, brutal, functional and intense. No guesses for what Captain Kid and I will be doing this weekend!