It is common knowledge that preventative measures are important in life. We wear seat belts, we pay car insurance, and we visit the doctor for regular checkups. Even exercise is a preventative measure, known to lower the risk of heart disease, prevent injury, and keep us feeling fit and strong as we age. As we exercise it is important to periodically assess our neuromuscular system.
The concept of stretching is important for almost everyone in the health and fitness industry. Stretching tends to be prescribed for anyone regardless of goals or proper assessments. What is interesting is that there are many individuals who do constantly stretch but never seem to make any improvements in their flexibility or continue to feel muscle or joint tightness. Perhaps it could be the type of stretching that is being practiced? Perhaps there is one change to the style of stretching that could improve flexibility and also be safe at the same time.
We always here that climbers should train fingers, upper body and core. The lower body tends to be neglected. Is it for fear of adding too much muscle mass? Maybe it’s because the typical climbing gym doesn’t have much equipment available for training the lower body? More likely it’s because strength training for climbing is relatively new and various aspects of training have not received much focus. If you are not already training lower body, here are 3 reasons you should start.