Rock climber: Push beyond your limits

CONQUERING MOUNTAINS: Rock climber Chris Sharma, 32, recently became the second climber to conquer the world's hardest climbing route - a 5.15c climb called La Dura Dura in Spain.


    Aug 02, 2013

    Rock climber: Push beyond your limits

    ROCK climber Chris Sharma has been described as one of the world's best climbers.

    The 32-year-old has been making a name for himself in the sport since he was 12.

    Earlier this year, he became the second climber to conquer the hardest climbing route in the world - a 5.15c climb called La Dura Dura in Spain.

    Last month, he caught the attention of magazine readers, posing in the nude while bouldering (a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses) in eastern California for ESPN's The Body Issue 2013.

    Sharma is now celebrating another milestone - the opening of his inaugural Psicobloc Masters Series competition, the first in the United States. The event, which started on Wednesday and ends today, is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Sharma - who climbs at least four days a week - shared several fitness tips with Outside magazine recently, revealing how he keeps fit and how he pushes himself beyond his limits.

    "Climbing is a lifelong journey. And in the same way you go running and you have days when you really feel in tune, you have some days when you don't feel that good. It's this never-ending process," he told the magazine.

    To him, the most important thing is to "(accept) that and enjoy that for what it is".

    Here are a few of his tips from Outside:


    "As climbers, we're always looking for something that's just past our level," Sharma said.

    "Sometimes we get frustrated because it's too hard, but our goal is to try to do something that is beyond our limits. If it feels easy, then we're not actually (challenging ourselves)."


    Sharma listens to his body when it comes to what he eats, saying: "I've never followed a strict diet". He eats mostly fish, some chicken and turkey, according to Outside. Once in a while, he will have a hamburger. "I'll have a beer or glass of wine, for sure. I just gauge it by how I feel," he said.


    "Over the last few years, I've been taking supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin, plant-based vitamins, and fish oils from Nutriex," Sharma said.

    "When I'm climbing all year round, punishing my body all the time, it does give me a little bit of an edge."


    Sharma said that "to get better you have to break yourself down, and you have to push yourself to that point where you're almost getting injured".

    But he told Outside that "you really have to have a lot of body awareness to know where that point is, so that you actually don't injure yourself".


    For Sharma, "eight or nine hours of sleep a night is my sweet spot". "I really focus on having these crazy solid rest days where I just lie on the couch and let my body regenerate fully," he told Outside.