When it comes to physical preparation for mountaineers, mobility is often completely overlooked.
Which is a shame. Because if certain joints don't have the range of motion they prefer, then it can cause many compensations through the body.
Which can often contribute to discomfort, pain and injury.
And while aerobic conditioning and strength training should be two of the big blocks in any mountaineers preparation...
You would be crazy to ignore mobility!
And today specifically, I want to talk about ankle mobility.
Now having a sufficient range of motion in the ankles is important for a couple of big reasons for mountaineers (there are many more, but let's stick to these today):
But the big question is, how can you tell if the ankles are tight or not?
Well, I have got you there.
Introducing the 'Knee To Wall Assessment', a simple self-assessment for ankle mobility.
With this assessment, you can test your own ankle mobility and decide whether you need to put some focus on improving your range of motion or not.
You can watch a video description of this assessment here:
And if you want some extra help with your training for mountaineering, I highly encourage you to check out the Online Summit Program:
Yours in adventure,
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training for hiking, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
Summit Strength is a personal training for hiking service created specifically to help hikers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure.