High intensity training seems like an amazing shortcut for many mountaineers. If you can get the same results, with much less time commitment, why wouldn't you go down the high intensity route?
Unfortunately, it isn't quite as simple as many of the high intensity advocates make it out to be. This article will explore the flaws in that thinking:
In this episode, I explore a number of exercises which I see commonly recommended to hikers, which I strongly believe you should skip.
What are you trying to do when training for a hike? Are you just trying to get fit? Or is there a bit more to it?
Box jumps, lunge jumps and hurdle hops. I am sure you have seen these at the gym before. And while in some situations these can be incredibly beneficial for hikers, trekkers and mountaineers, the way most people use them in their training, is a short road to pain, mishap and injury.
Let me tell you why:
You have booked yourself onto the adventure of a lifetime. And you are counting down the days until this life-changing experience. But in the meantime, what are you supposed to do?
This morning I was training long time client Steve and we were discussing what we had previously coined 'The Trekker's Black Hole...'
In this video lecture, I explain precisely how a mountaineer can develop their strength without running the risk of putting on extra weight (which they have to carry up the mountain).
In this episode, I explore the benefits of my favourite piece of hiking equipment, the trekking pole!
In this episode, I share with you some quick nutrition tips to help you perform at your best on the trail (and be able to fully enjoy yourself!)
In this video, I explain a simple method a mountaineer can use to structure their strength workouts, which is incredibly time-efficient, effective and comprehensive (much more so than the 'traditional' training structure most mountaineers are familiar with).
In this video, I interview expert physiotherapist Sol Reinhardt about one of the most common hiking injuries: tendonitis.
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 trekkers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful bucket list adventure.