Go on any hiking, trekking or adventure forum and you will see the same words repeated over and over:
'The best way to train for hiking, is to go hiking'...
And this is true, but only up to a point...
There are many times when hiking isn't the best way to train for hiking.
And when doing all your training on the trail, might be doing you more harm then good...
Lower back pain is an incredibly common issue for hikers and trekkers.
Long hours on your feet, heavy packs and our modern lifestyle is a perfect perfect recipe for pain. And while back pain is an incredibly complex subject and everyone has their own root causes of this issue, which should always be diagnosed and treated by a physio...
There are a number of things which just about every trekker can do to help their pain...
Descents can be tough. Shooting pain in the knees... crushed toes... slips, stumbles and falls... some serious amount of mental drain... and all too often, uncontrollable jelly legs.
And if this always seems to be happening to you while hiking, there might be one thing which is missing in your preparation...
When you are Training For A Trek, you might have the absolute best program in the world, but sometimes life just gets busy.
It happens to all of us. But when you find yourself in this situation, don't make the mistake of skipping your session all together!
Strength Training in incredibly beneficial for trekking. And every trekker should be incorporating it into their training. However many lifelong hikers don't really want to go to the gym... So what is the solution?
Well instead of simply ignoring strength training and labeling everyone who does it a 'gym junkie', you should know there are plenty of ways to develop it outside!
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.