What’s your workout for backpacking?

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  1. Vpetrell

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    What does everyone do to stay in shape for backpacking/hiking?

    On top of regular hiking and trail running I do kettle bell workouts and a lot of pushups and occasional yoga

    I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pack and adding heavy weight to get a more intense workout

    Whats your workout?

    VP
     
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    At this point in my life (I'm 65) I know I can't just put on a pack and "go" as easily as I once did. For that reason I try to keep myself in decent shape to begin with by cutting wood, swimming, walking everywhere, etc. All that being said, when planning for a backpacking trip, I begin at least 6 weeks prior to the trip walking around with weight in my pack. Usually I begin with 10-12 pounds and add more weight each week until I'm carrying a bit more than I expect to carry on the actual trip. Regardless of where I go on campus, I carry my pack. I've gotten some weird looks over the last few years but this strategy has allowed me to keep up with college students when out in the Adirondacks or Catskills.

    One other thing, when doing this I always park on the other side of campus from the building where my office is located. This allows me to add numerous stairs along the way. If I'm not into the stairs, I walk the hill itself that the stairs go up. Both give you a little bit of a different work out so I switch it up so I can achieve both.

    That's all for now. Take care, best of luck for getting ready for your trip and until next time....be well.

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  3. lilblade25

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    This is what I've been doing (I found it on Pinterest):

    The Ultimate Hiker's Workout

    Perform each exercise for one minute with a 30 second rest in between.
    Repeat entire set for a complete 30-minute workout

    1. Switch Lunges
    2. Calf Raises
    3. Mountain Climbers
    4, Roundhouse Lunges
    5. Burpees
    6. Calf Hops
    7. Skater Jumps
    8. Surrenders
    9. Plyo Spiderman Lunges
    10. Squat Walk

    It's a pretty good workout and doesn't require weights which is a plus for me
     
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    My "workout" just comes from always carrying a pack with a load, even for just a short hike. I will often overload it a bit just to feel the burn a little more. Luckily there are some pretty steep climbs within a few miles that I can hike up for exercise. I like to do yoga, specifically focusing on core and hip flexibility. I try to keep my hips healthy since they are transferring all the weight to my legs when hiking with a load.
     
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    I take my normal pack and add large amounts of water to it. I usually try to hit twice the weight I would actually want to carry, or just over 60lbs. Lately I have been using two 6L MSR dromedaries and two 2L platy bags, the soft nature makes them pack much better then hard sided containers. Sometimes I will use my GPS to monitor and limit stopped time as well as keep my pace up, on good trails I try to keep above a 3mph moving average.

    If I wimp out, get sore or hurt myself I can dump the water and hike back out floating on air.
     
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    Morning walks with my pack stuffed with towels and free weights.
     
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    I just carry my pack around. I am fortunate to live near the mountain and have access to trails and plenty of public land.

    In the summer I carry a pack quite a bit for work, the fall I’m hunting with a pack on and in the winter I’m snowshoeing with a pack on.

    I’ll do a lot of body weight exercises as well, I don’t lift weights, mainly because they are heavy.
     
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    I don't train exclusively for backpacking, but it's one of many outdoor activities I enjoy (add trail running, deer/elk hunting, high country lake fishing, snowshoeing/backcountry skiing, etc to the mix) and to really enjoy it you do need a decent level of fitness.

    I mix trail running and hiking during the week- all of it on rolling/steep single track trails. I try and get out on the trails 3-4 times a week, typically one longish run/hike on the weekend. In addition, strength train twice a week- a mix of large, compound lifts (deadlifts/squats/bench/overhead press) with body weight exercises- lunges, pull/chinups, dips, plyo box, etc

    For most activities (including backpacking), typically the more specificity the better. Thus carrying a backpack on similar terrain, with similar weights and spending time on your feet would trump anything else. But I do feel mixing in some cross training and some strength training is helpful as well.
     
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    My current job, I am on my feet for 12 hour shifts and constantly power walking back and forth to different factory stations. I'll call that my backpacking conditioning. But before, I would usually just try to keep up by loading out my pack even for day hikes and short nature walks. It kept me in good backpacking condition. I didn't have specific "gym" type exercise routines. An active life is good enough workout, for me anyway.
     
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    I walk to and from work. I did get a weight vest to wear around house the week before I leave on a trip.
     
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    I walk around my neighborhood with my wife most evenings after supper.

    Aside from that, I just try to get out in the woods every weekend. I quit "working out" at about age 45, when my shoulder told me to stop.
     
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    on a average work day, 5 days a week i walk 15 miles with purpose. when I add in cleaning church which I do twice a week for 4 hours each. I wear my loaded pack. no weird looks when i do that because I'm usually alone. been doing this for the past 4 years. so I think I'm pretty well conditioned.
     

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