Back Pain While Hiking is not fun at all. And it is one thing that can very easily extinguish even the most adventurous spirit.
If you suffer from this (and it is significantly limiting both confidence and enjoyment while hiking) here is a simple workout to help:
Love them or hate them, treadmill workouts are often a big part of a hiker's or trekker's training. And while people can argue the fact that they "don't mimic real hiking", "change your gait" or "have no downhills" (which are all true) - for the pure sake of convenience they are here to stay.
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:
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!
Do you want to know How To Train For A Heavy Pack? This is one of the most common questions I hear from hikers and trekkers. But unfortunately (like many things in the hiking world) the usual advice isn't much help...
Common answers like 'go hiking with a backpack', 'build up slow' and 'get your pack fitted' are really nothing more then common sense. And in my eyes, they don't do much to solve the actual problem...
The goal of this article is go beyond the generic answers that have been shared hundreds of times and give you some genuine and practical strategies to help you best prepare for the rigors of heavy pack hiking.
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.
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.