I remember the first time I saw my forearm veins bulging through my skin. I had just lowered off a steep, pumpy route in the gym, following a period of frequent climbing and training. My arms looked kind of scary, like two over-filled blood water balloons. I was stoked! It made me feel like a rock climber. More than any other body part, climbing changes our forearms. They grow large and thick—sometimes eclipsing our biceps, making us look like chalked-up Popeyes—and over time, they can grow more and more vascular.
Do you have a photo showing off your bulging climber forearms? We want to see! Send it our way at firstname.lastname@example.org, and the best image, as selected by us, will appear in our next issue plus win a pair of Upshot Belay Glasses from Metolius Climbing. (Prize only available to US residents.)
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