When it comes to training for mountaineering, most mountaineers are familiar with training their 'big mover' muscles.
Muscles like their quadriceps, their glutes, their hamstring and their calves.
These guys get the majority of focus in a mountaineers strength training and for good reason!
They are definitely where you should be putting most of your work and attention. But around those big moving muscles, there are several smaller muscles which often get neglected by mountaineers.
In this episode, I interview Seane Pieper, founder of Himalayan Guiding Australia, and he talks about his experience with Summit Strength and how he trained and prepared to tackle an 8000m peak in Nepal.
When it comes to physical preparation for mountaineers, mobility is often completely overlooked.
Which is a shame. Because if certain joints don't have the range of motion they prefer, then it can cause many compensations through the body.
Which can often contribute to discomfort, pain and injury.
And while aerobic conditioning and strength training should be two of the big blocks in any mountaineers preparation...
You would be crazy to ignore mobility!
And today specifically, I want to talk about ankle mobility.
One of the most underappreciated and versatile training tools for a mountaineer is the humble sled.
It can be used to develop muscular endurance, strength, conditioning and even aid your recovery. And today, I share how to use it best:
Muscular endurance is incredibly important for a mountaineer. And so is muscular strength. And while these two things do build off each other, they are not the same thing.
And to get the best benefits for the mountain, a mountaineer needs to be developing both.
Today I share a really common problem I see from mountaineers with their training...
Injury prevention and risk minimisation should be the number one priority for any mountaineers training plan.
Well, you can't train when injured. And you certainly can't hit the mountain when you are carrying an injury either.
Mountaineers are often recommended to do HUGE amounts of training in their week. But is this necessary?
Training for mountaineering is a complicated subject. And understanding the deeper reasoning behind training choices, long term structure, progression, and periodisation is important for any mountaineer with serious aspirations.
However, saying this, sometimes it helps to get some clear direction on what you should be doing. So you can dive in headfirst, and learn the reasoning behind it all later.
So with this being said, today I want to share with you one of my favourite strength workouts for mountaineers.
Interval training can be an incredibly powerful method of preparation for a mountaineer.
Whether it is long, short or sprint intervals, there are dozens of legitimate methods of interval training a mountaineer can incorporate to increase their performance on the mountain substantially.
But no matter what type of interval training you are using, there are a few fundamental rules a mountaineer should follow, to get the best benefits.
And today, I want to share them with you:
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.