Offwidth Training by Pamela Pack: Stretching
In Climbing's May issue, we ran Part 1 of an offwidth training program devised by Pamela Pack. Here are stretches to complement the program.
Statically stretch major muscle groups (legs, arms, back, chest, etc.). Also, try dynamic stretching while hiking, so go down deep into lunges as you move up. Stretch out calves on rocks and other terrain. Do shoulder circles forward and backward. Twist right and left with your torso. Keep all your body parts moving in various directions.
Focus on your shoulders, which need a great amount of flexibility and strength to be effective.
Foam roll supine shoulder series:
Snow Angels x 15
Goal Posts x 15
Overhead reach x 15
T-spine roll-out x 1 minute
IT band roll-outs on foam roller x 2 minutes
Standing side-bends, 2 x 30 seconds
Child’s pose, 3 x 20 seconds