The Long Hike: Training For Next Season

"Life is so short. I would rather sing one song than interpret the thousand."

We all know you can pull a fairly successful hunt off via road hunting. But that's not the spirit of it, and you definitely have a better chance at that trophy elk or deer if you put some miles on your boots.

The problem: Steep and hilly terrain is a total bitch to walk, especially if you spend a good portion of your day sitting at a desk.

Solution: You could spend thousands to buy lighter, better gear. Or you could lose weight off the heaviest thing you're packing: You. We've put together a simple training plan you can do at home to help get you in shape to hike those hills and trudge those alpines.

Day 1: 45 Mins

Some light cardio and starting to work the glutes and quads, and core. A strong core helps you out no matter what.

Rest Time between sets: MAX 60 secs.

  • Cardio - Jogging: 10 mins
  • Bodyweight Squats: 4 Sets, 12-15 reps per set
  • Walking Lunges: 4 sets, 12 reps per set
  • Plank: 3 sets, 1 min per set
  • Leg Raises: 3 sets, 10 reps per set

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Day 2: 45 Mins

More cardio intensive and focusing on the lower legs.

Rest Time between sets: MAX 60 secs.

  • Cardio - Jogging: 10 mins
  • Step-up with Knee Raise: 3 sets, 45 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises: 3 sets, 12-15 reps per set
  • Squat Jumps: 3 sets, 10 reps per set
  • Mountain Climbers: 3 sets, 40 reps per set
  • Seated Leg Tucks: 3 sets, 25 reps per set

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Day 3: 30 Mins

Blast those hams and glutes.

  • Cardio - Jogging: 5 mins
  • Split Squats: 3 sets, 12-15 reps per set
  • Scissors Jumps: 3 sets, 12 reps per set
  • Bodyweight Squats: 3 sets, 10 reps per set
  • Spider Crawl: 3 sets, 12 reps per set

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Day 4 (Optional): 30 Mins

Ab smasher. Crunch that core.

  • Pushups: 3 sets, to failure
  • The following is a circuit: 3 sets total. Do each exercise without rest, 60 secs rest between sets:
    • Seated leg Tucks: 20 reps
    • Leg Raises With Lifts: 10 reps
    • Spider Crawl: 10 reps
    • Plank: 30 secs
  • Russian Twists: 2 sets, 30 reps
  • Cardio Cool Down: 3-5 mins

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Day 5 (Optional): 45 Mins

Upper body and back. Can't carry that pack with a weak back.

  • Pull Ups: 3 sets, to failure
  • Circuit/Superset: Rest for the same number of seconds as reps for each set, 60 secs between Rounds. You should have 108 reps total by the end.
    • Round 1 (3 sets back to back) - Dips: 7 reps -> Pushups: 7 reps -> 7 sec rest
    • Round 2 (3 sets back to back) - Dips: 6 reps -> Pushups: 6 reps -> 6 sec rest
    • Round 3 (3 sets back to back) - Dips: 5 reps -> Pushups: 5 reps -> 6 sec rest
  • Side Plank: 3 sets, 1 min per side
  • Chin Ups: 3 sets, to failure

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There you go! Now get out there and get in shape for next season! See you on the trails.