Today, I want to share with you a great workout a hiker can use to develop muscular endurance for the trail.
Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle to produce force again and again and again and again.
And this is obviously super relevant for hiking and should be developed in any training for hiking program.
Traditionally, when we look at developing muscular endurance, we think of things like hill or stair intervals and high repetition strength training.
Which are great!
But, admittedly, that may not always be convenient.
Another great option here is doing what is called a 'grind workout' on a stationary cycle.
Here is how you do it:
And it is a particularly valuable workout for anyone who struggles with some type of foot or knee pain (and need to be careful about making repeated descents under load).
As with any workout, the key to this is progression. So each time you do it, try to make the working intervals a bit longer, or the resistance a bit heavier.
So if you have been looking for another way to develop muscular endurance, or the changing weather is forcing you to train indoors, give this a go!
I think you will enjoy it.
Yours in trekking,
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.