by Jas Hepburn
Training certain aspects of strength for outdoor activities is about planning. This section looks at two methods of training strength endurance - using free weights or your body weight. Whether you train at home or in a gym this will provide you with a core foundation for progression once the basics have been learned.
This article looks at various exercises that can be carried out at home, in the gym or outdoors to improve your balance and strength to cope with steeper terrain.
Whether it's to get through some uninteresting terrain, avoid bad weather or reach the pub before last orders, it always helps to be able to move up a gear. This article describes some simple exercises to help you pick up your pace.
The basis for all walking or mountain fitness is a good aerobic base. This article describes the key information you need to measure your fitness including your resting heart rate, maximum heart rate and how to begin a training programme for aerobic fitness.
Whatever activity you're doing, if you want to train to improve your fitness, you need a plan. This article explains how to put a plan together and the principles of periodization to adjust it over the course of a year or season.
Your mental approach is key to success and enjoyment outdoors - whether you are undertaking a long distance walk, bagging a Scottish Munro, tackling a Himalayan giant or trekking across the Rockies.
Once you have a good idea about your training plan and are keen to get your body into better shape for some exhilarating days on the hills and mountains, take some time to consider the importance of building rest and recovery into your programme. This article explains why.
The basic principles of strength for walking and general mountaineering. Included is a selection of fundamental strength exercises for use at home or in a gym.
This article covers the components of fitness, as well as the fundamental building blocks of good training practice such as warming up, cooling down, stretching and keeping a record of what you do.
With greater fitness you can take almost any walk in your stride. Jas Hepburn shows you how.
Jas is a self-employed outdoor instructor and sports coach, specialising in mountaineering, ski touring, sea & white-water kayaking. He worked at Glenmore Lodge for 15 years, coached for the Highland Institute of Sport, lectured for Sportscoach UK and was training officer for the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue team. He is a highly qualified Mountaineering Instructor, ski instructor and kayak coach.
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