Hikers cover non-technical terrain of varying distances and elevation gain while carrying a pack. Weight for day hikes might range from a few pounds (i.e. snack, water, jacket) up to 20 pounds. Equipment might include trekking poles, headlamps, stove and fuel for multi-hour days, snacks, and clothing. Distances range from a few miles to extreme cases like the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim (43 miles and 12,000′ gain/loss). Elevation gain might range from flat to 7000′ or more. Whatever your hiking goal, we can create a suitable, custom-tailored training program!
To improve your balance and enhance your lower body strength and endurance, as well as mobility, for hiking, explore a few of our favorite movements in the following articles.
Preparation for hiking involves training for specific fitness qualities, going on sport-specific outings, and practicing skills necessary for the sport.
The four major fitness components to include in a program for hiking include:
- Aerobic Endurance
- Anaerobic Endurance (for high altitude)
- Lower Body and Core Strength and Balance
- Flexibility and Mobility
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