I was just wondering if anyone here has some advice for exercises to strengthen my back with the view to carrying a heavy backpack?
I'm a fit person in general and I do quite a lot of running as well as frequent fast swimming and hiking.
I have been training carrying a pack that weighs 22kg but after half a day of carrying it, I end up with some soreness in my back, particularly near the shoulders. I need to be able to build this strength up for a mountaineering trip abroad this winter.
Strengthening Back Watch
- Thread Starter
- 06-08-2009 14:52
- 06-08-2009 15:06
Squats and deadlifts are your friends here.
As far as the soreness in your shoulders, that's more like a result of the straps pulling them down, not so much your back.
Squats, deadlifts and presses will make you stronger in general.
- 06-08-2009 15:21
Most likely the straps aren't set up correctly (too loose) or you're hunching over rather than a general lack of strength.