If you are trying to Get Fit For Trekking it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly you should be doing. And there is SO much information out there, it can get incredibly confusing!
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:
Hiking and trekking are sports for all body shapes and sizes. And with the right training, absolutely everyone should be happy to step onto any trail they desire.
But lets face it, if you are carrying a few extra kilos, hiking can really grind you up. And if you are trying to follow a traditional trek training program, and do all of your training on the trail, you are just asking for trouble...
Go on any hiking, trekking or adventure forum and you will see the same words repeated over and over:
'The best way to train for hiking, is to go hiking'...
And this is true, but only up to a point...
There are many times when hiking isn't the best way to train for hiking.
And when doing all your training on the trail, might be doing you more harm then good...
Lower back pain is an incredibly common issue for hikers and trekkers.
Long hours on your feet, heavy packs and our modern lifestyle is a perfect perfect recipe for pain. And while back pain is an incredibly complex subject and everyone has their own root causes of this issue, which should always be diagnosed and treated by a physio...
There are a number of things which just about every trekker can do to help their pain...
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!
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.