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Eric Horst: Training For Aging Climbers

In today’s episode, Tom Randall sits down with Eric Hörst, to discuss the changes and needs of the body with age, when climbing and training.

We’ve been listening to your feedback and understand the importance of addressing training for climbers in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. That’s why we’re thrilled to have Eric on the show, as he brings a wealth of experience, having trained and performed throughout various stages of life, including his current age of 59.

During this episode, Tom dives deep into Eric’s training journey, exploring how his approach has evolved over time. They discuss key topics such as strength and power training, the relevance of endurance training for older athletes, and Eric’s effective use of high-intensity interval training. Additionally, they touch upon recovery strategies, including work-to-rest mesocycle lengths, and Eric shares a valuable lesson from his personal nutrition journey.

Whether you’re a seasoned climber or just starting out, this conversation with Eric Hörst offers practical tips and insights tailored specifically for climbers in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. Tune in to the Lattice Training Podcast as Tom Randall and Eric Hörst guide you through the fascinating world of training for experienced climbers.

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2 responses to “Eric Horst: Training For Aging Climbers

  1. This is brilliant. Thanks for doing this Tom. I have listened to you both for years and years, and still enjoy it.
    I have many of the same issues, problems, thoughts and insights too.
    I also have problems with power but I do do quality hard sessions to try and maintain, and improve actually, but it’s hard. However, I tested my fingers last week – open hand 156% – down from when we did the interview but I do believe I can improve; even at nearly 64! I will get round to getting a coach soon; promise.
    Thanks again Tom.

  2. Thanks for the episode: Eric Horst: Training For Aging Climbers. Started climbing when I was 59, 4 years ago. Now I am climbing occasionally 7a. Everage climbing 6c. Yes I complety agree with Eric his opinion when you are getting older. Follow his protocol and advice and you can still perform and gettting better when you are getting older. Take care of your own house, your body and mental condition, and you can progress in your level.

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