Texas high schools stadiums are my college stadiums here. They do it right down there.Running bleachers is the best I've found. Thankfully even small town TX high school stadiums have some serious bleachers. Running them works both your lungs and your legs. I've added up to 30 lbs on a weighted pack before. Once I tried 50 and hurt my knee and set myself back two months. But just running them without weight is better than anything you can do on flat ground IMO.
Lucky! I'm at sea level in FL, not much in the way of hills, found out for me, losing my front weighted pack(pot belly), walking a lot, then a weighted back pack did the trick, core exercises, nothing comes close to elevation training thoughI stay in shape year round by hiking hills each day at work. The closer you can be to training in the same conditions. slopes, elevation, etc you will be hunting the better off you will be. No matter how much training you do, if you aren't on side hills, etc it isn't the same! Obviously it's nice to live and workout in the same country you hunt. I usually scout a gob of times and that definitely helps when hunting higher elevation sheep country. I carry a lot of the same gear when scouting so that also helps get the back and shoulders in shape.
I don't disagree. I have a hunting friend that likes to drag a couple 80lb kettlebells behind him while wearing a weight vest and chains slung around his neck while carrying a loaded hex deadlift bar but he doesn't live in suburbia.The best training for hiking around the mountains with a heavy pack is hiking around the mountains with a heavy pack. A friend of a friend swears by dragging a tire behind you around the neighborhood. I bet you would get some funny looks.
FWIW Heat stress training and iron supplementation are supposed to help mitigate real elevation acclimation training. Worth a google in endurance sports world.Lucky! I'm at sea level in FL, not much in the way of hills, found out for me, losing my front weighted pack(pot belly), walking a lot, then a weighted back pack did the trick, core exercises, nothing comes close to elevation training though
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I agree with the stepper. Any form of weighted steps (step ups, stairs, stair climber, etc) is about the best us flatlanders can do.If I had to do one... the stepper. It is pain.
My favorite one, which I incorporate into my leg days, is the stepper pyramid:
Starting at level 2, spend one minute at each level up to level 20, then come back down. Skip the odd levels. Finish this off with 20 minutes of an semi-easy pace (i.e. lvl 8 or 9). It's much more difficult than it sounds.
Agreed the burn of those squats ha ha. I'm of the feeling the weight and a pack is less important. Putting on boots and hiking up a mountain and getting high milage days is the best thing you can do. What's the point of being able to do a couple miles with a pack if you can't put in a 20 mile day if needing to lug multiple loads out and get back in. Build the endurance. If yoy can do the 20 miles of hills you. An push through the extra weightCompletely agree except maybe those squats.
This right here. It's called "training specificity". You want to become good at running a marathon, don't sprint. Sure, there are cross over effects, but the best thing to do is train the movement you are looking to improve. That's not to say other things (lunges, squats, etc) wont help, but you said 1 movement. 100% agree with FatlanderNothing gets you ready for carrying heavy stuff up and down steep hills better than carrying heavy stuff up and down steep hills.
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