Rock climbing is great for shoulder strength ... but not so much for shoulder flexibility. We probably all know at least one person that can't even lift their arms all the way above their heads ... or maybe you are that person. Anyways, we sat down with Summit yoga instructor Bailey Parrish and had her run through some really quick shoulder stretches, perfect for climbers looking to open their shoulders to improve their climbing, or even if you're just looking to get your arms all the way above your head, because that's great, too.
For anyone with the dreaded "boulder shoulder" hunch, you gotta know the importance of opposition training! It will improve more than just your posture: training the antagonist muscles opposite of the ones we use most often during climbing will improve your climbing performance as well! What's not to love? Check out some basic opposition training exercises as taught by our fitness extraordinaire Ben Jensen — some you can even do at home!