When it comes to training for mountaineering, most mountaineers are familiar with training their 'big mover' muscles.
Muscles like their quadriceps, their glutes, their hamstring and their calves.
These guys get the majority of focus in a mountaineers strength training and for good reason!
They are definitely where you should be putting most of your work and attention. But around those big moving muscles, there are several smaller muscles which often get neglected by mountaineers.
In this episode, I interview Seane Pieper, founder of Himalayan Guiding Australia, and he talks about his experience with Summit Strength and how he trained and prepared to tackle an 8000m peak in Nepal.
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.
One of the most underappreciated and versatile training tools for a mountaineer is the humble sled.
It can be used to develop muscular endurance, strength, conditioning and even aid your recovery. And today, I share how to use it best:
Muscular endurance is incredibly important for a mountaineer. And so is muscular strength. And while these two things do build off each other, they are not the same thing.
And to get the best benefits for the mountain, a mountaineer needs to be developing both.
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.