Backpacking - 4 Day Trips - Beginner - Assessment and Training Plan - 8 Weeks
So you want to go on weekend backpacking trip, but do not want to feel crummy along the way?
This training plan is for those aspiring to enjoy their journey up and down while doing it with confidence. A progression to prepare the body and manage terrain. Balances a large aerobic base with strength training and pack load to enable you to handle anything the wilderness puts in your path.
Cardiovascular Fitness: Aerobic base to get you up and down and quickly recover between anaerobic bursts.
Muscular Strength and Endurance: Powerful hips and core to motor your body and pack up the mountain with plenty of gas to get you back down.
Breathing: Lungs capable of pulling in deep breaths of air even while carrying a heavy load.
Feet and Knees: Durable lower body capable of managing varying terrain and stable enough to balance a top heavy body.
Shoulders: Your arm mobility is key for successful adaptation when the slope gets steep. Keeping all the motions optimal is a significant variable to be sure you can keep 3 points of contact.
Skills: Footwork to adjust to the varying requirements to navigate mountainous terrain.
Metabolism: A fat-adapted chemical powerhouse designed to keep you going without have to constantly suck down calories to maintain suitable energy level.