/ Mountain Fitness
What sort of training regime can I have by using the gym, anybody offer any examples. Was thinking of some sort of circuit training incorporating weights and cardio work to try and stimulate that alpine burn.
All the best
Just go running. It'll help the cardio fitness. If you mix that up with a bit of cycling and swimming then you'll build up the right level of fitness in no time.
My training plan:
Runing 3 x a week (1 x Long slow distance (half marathon), 1 x hill intervals (1 hour), 1 x 1 hour temp run (about 13km)
2 Crossfit sessions a week.
3 load carry sessions a week - 2 1&1/2 hour sessions in the week and a longer session on the weekend. Upto 120lbs in the end.
Was plenty fit enough on Denali
That running regime sounds similar to mine but i have a bike some biking thrown in there as well.
it was 6 months training - the first 3 was the runs, plus some bike, plus the cross fit, plus some hill walking.
the last 3 months was all about converting the base fitness to specific fitness, hence moving to load carries and building the weight up gradually and doing less bike.
The crossfit was great because it strengthens your back, core and legs which makes load carrying easier. it anaerobic as well as aerobic so helps push your anaerobic threshold up, and they reckon the interval style training increases your number of red blood cells.
I did the Welsh 3000's in 13 hours about 6 weeks before I went. Legs didn't even ache the following day. and They never ached on Denali.
id echo what steveej is sayin.
build a base of cardio, injury proofing and some endurance, then 'mountainize' it with crossfit type stuff that develops the specific muscles that help lug packs, push up steep stuff, haul on ropes etc.
i think theres a lot that can be done in the gym (but certainly not everything), especially if you can get some cardio machines into the mix like ski mills, rowing machines, stair machines etc.
i know some guys who train others for this stuff. pm me if youd like some info on their programs.
For the rest of your muscle groups maybe you need a list of climbing walls and give yourself a beasting there twice a week? (Guessing that finding a partner shouldn't be too much of a problem)
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