Are you constantly huffing and puffing at the top of long hills? Do you struggle to hold a conversation whenever you are climbing a set of stairs? Do you constantly find yourself dropping behind the pack every time you hit some elevation?
Well if this is you, I have some bad news for you... no matter how much you hike, this probably isn't going to change.
Knee pain while hiking and trekking is an incredibly common issue. In fact, is is one of the most prevalent injuries in the adventure world.
And you suffer from hiker's knee (and it is sucking a lot of the enjoyment out of your trail time) here is a simple workout to help:
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, 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!
Strength training should be part of every hikers and trekkers training. It is an incredibly effective tool to help prevent injury, improve movement efficiency and increase confidence on the trail!
However if you are not a lifelong trainer, coming up with your own strength training workouts can be a bit intimidating...
When it come to Training For Trekking, following a structured warm up can be incredibly beneficial. If done correctly, it can significantly improve performance and reduce the likelihood of injury.
But this goes beyond simply doing a bit of a walk to 'get the blood moving' and a couple of stretches...
Like anything in the fitness world, a little bit of planning and a little bit of structure, can go an incredibly long way!
When you are Training For A Trek, including core training in your preparations is an absolute must. It is essential to protect your lower back while hiking, ensure efficient movement and maintain stability on the trail. But this type of training has come a long way from countless sit ups and endless planks...
The deadbug is an exercise that should be part of every trekkers training program. It's simple. It's safe. And most of all its incredibly effective.
At Summit Strength we have a 7 Stage Progression we take our trekkers through. So matter if you are a complete beginner or a life long athlete, there is always an option for you.
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...
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.
Rowan is a personal trainer who specialises in preparing everyday people 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.