Being flexible in the right places can help both your technique and even where you can find rests. This is achieved through increase what might be referred to as our ‘effective range of motion’, which is the range of movement in an individual muscle group where we can still move effectively. It is also part of a generally functional athletic body, in that climbing can limit the range of motion in places like the shoulders and maintaining a degree of flexibility will help you to climb more effectively.

There is also an argument both for and against flexibility and stretching helping to prevent injuries.

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