Training goal - backpacking

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  1. crown royal

    crown royal Active Member

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    So about 2 months into being very good about lifting, I have decided that I would like something to train for in addition to just overall health. The only sport I absolutely love is football, and since I am 24, I don't see me training for a sport I really have no way of playing, so I have decided to train for my second choice - backpacking.

    I would like to be able to do at least a week backcountry at Glacier national park, and do a sizeable trail. What do you folks think would be the best training/conditioning regimen? I am thinking working core and cardio endurance, since carrying a pack for long periods of time will require a strong middle and good heart. Additionally I will need good leg strength and endurance.

    Should I focus on compound lifts with high reps in my sets?
     
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    PT, GOOD FOR YOU, GOOD FOR ME :mamoru:

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    I would focus on back, core, legs.

    I would also start doing extended cardio, you'll need a strong heart.
     
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    challenge superbri to a hike-off
     
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    First thing, lean how to compose a sentence that doesn't make my ears bleed. And coming from me, this means something.

    Second thing, no matter what..... do NOT train legs. And certainly don't do 20 rep sets of squats.
     
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    those are the last things you want to do...



    I suggest a lot of time on the ellipitcal and some chest/bi/tri stuff...
     
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    I just bought a new compression sack (tee hee sack) for my tent and a tiny tiny ass sleeping bag. I've got a shit ton more room for been in my back pack now.
     
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    I haven't been camping in about 3 years, thanks for rubbing it in.

    What tent are you using?
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl: I just saw that.
     
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    Yuppy Have a seat right there....

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    buy some expensive socks if you ever do a hike longer than 3 miles over mtns.
     
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    a little older mountain hardware, I don't remember the model. It's a 2 man tent, so basically it fits me.

    speaking of, I had to switch my new bag out 3 times. It was a gift and the first one was too small. I switched it for the XL. I still couldn't put my arms down to my side. I had to get a whole different bag and it's barely wide enough. but it's about 25% too long. I guess fat people don't backpack. Or at least people with shoulders.
     
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    you really don't see big people out on the trail
     
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    Why not do legs? It isn't as though I'm playing hockey or something. Does it hurt endurance?
     
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    Yes.


    But more than anything you have to start backpacking. If you want to be gone for a week I'm assuming you're talking 70-100 miles? That takes experience. You'll be carrying at least 50 pounds and you just have to get used to it.
     
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    The only way to get better is... to do it! Go out hiking for 1-2 hours at a time.
     
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    go to the gym, take loaded bag, do treadmill at highest incline for an hour.
     
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    you're actually a wilderness firefighter? mad respect.
     
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    uneven ground of hiking != perfectly smooth treadmill. Your ankles take a beating when hiking, the only way to build them up to it is to... actually go hiking!
    you've never been once in your life, have you?
     
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    Thanks for the help folks. I'll make it a point to get out somewhere this weekend. There aren't really good places in the DFW area, but I'll start jogging and getting some rough terrain trails for a while.

    I'll work my way into full back weight in the next few months.
     
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    whats the difference?
     
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    what about smoke jumpers? that not correct either?
     
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    I was joking. Think if you saw someone in the gym with a huge backpack on lugging away on the treadmill :rofl:

    Yes I have been hiking. Outside of the amazon, I've never done anything but short day hikes (sans big bag). It does seem that walking incline does focus on the same muscles that are used if you are hiking something with much of an incline ... would say it would be more realistic prep than using elliptical.
     
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    The point I was trying to put across was to not use the gym for prep.

    Amazon sounds like an awesome hiking experience, minus the 70billion species of deadly animals.
     
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