Simulated Altitude Training is a hot topic in the trekking world right now. Becoming more and more available for the everyday consumer, it is marketed as the next big thing in fitness. And while it has claimed benefits of everything from preventing altitude sickness to improving muscle power, the evidence available is often conflicting.
Some people love it. Some people hate it. And today I am going to break down the FACTS on what altitude training can do for you.
When it comes to Preventing Altitude Sickness while trekking, there are many supplements out there promising the world.
From 'enhancing bioavailability of oxygen', to 'increasing lung capacity' to 'increased blood volume' - many of these supplements seem too good to be true.
And in most cases, that is exactly the case.
So before you fork out your hard earned money, you need to ask yourself 'Does it actually work?"
This article will explore some of the few supplements that have been proven to work (and not just empty your wallet).
Trekking Poles are one of the most important pieces of equipment in the hikers and trekkers arsenal. They have many incredible benefits on the trail...such as reduced chance of injury, improved movement efficiency and even increased comfort.
And while there are no 'magic pills' in the world, trekking poles are about as close as you can get... and they can show many immediate improvements to common issues while hiking.
Here are 7 reasons why trekking poles are THE most important piece of equipment for trekkers:
When you are Training For A Trek, you would be crazy not to include step downs in your preparation. They are absolutely amazing for building specific trekking strength, reducing knee pain and improving stability.
But many trekkers may scoff at this humble exercise and say that it is 'too easy'.
Well, we have you covered there!
At Summit Strength we have an 8 Stage Progression which we take our trekkers through. So no matter how strong you may be, we always have an option for you...
Got a trek with some serious elevation coming up? Don't have any local mountains to train on?
Not a problem!
Follow this three step training plan to get you flying up those mountains!
Strength training for hikers and trekkers really can do a number of amazing things...
From improved joint stability to better movement economy. From reduced risk of injury to improved confidence. It really shouldn't be overlooked in any trek training program!
However there is quite a bit of confusion around strength training - which leads a lot of trekkers missing out on these amazing benefits!
So today I am going to clear up any confusion and share what trekkers should (and should not do) when it comes to strength training for trek preparation.
Knee pain while hiking is the worst... it is an easy way to turn a beautiful day out into an absolute nightmare and unfortunately ,for hikers and trekkers, it is an incredibly common issue.
In fact, about 75% of hikers and trekkers I talk to on a daily basis report some type of knee pain while on the trail.
And the issue is, the majority of the information you will find on the internet on this subject, just doesn't cut it... Advice like "use a knee brace", "tape up your knee" and "get some orthotics" are really only band-aid solutions.
The second you stop using them, the pain comes back straight away... and you are stuck in a never ending loop.
So over the years, I have had to develop my own solution to this problem.
And I am going to share it with you today:
(For a free 12 week training program to put all this information into action, follow the link at the bottom of the page)
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in training hikers, trekkers and mountaineers for their bucket list adventures.
Summit Strength is a personal training service created specifically to help trekkers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful bucket list adventure.