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  1. Deb
    Deb November 18, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Awesome workout! Interval training at it’s finest. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Steve Netherby
    Steve Netherby November 18, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Thanks, Ray. Need to get in shape for a winter ski trip into the JMT. Will try this. I’ve developed a fitness routine for hiking also. Hike in our backcountry with a Sun Shower full of water in my daypack and 8-lb. dumbbells in my hands (started lighter in both areas and worked my way up), doing upper-body exercises. It’s a full-body workout that I’ll detail in an e-book I’m writing about my hike of the JMT at 70 years old. Appreciate your posts as I appreciate your invaluable book!

  3. Gqry Schlagerer
    Gqry Schlagerer November 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Excellent Article. Quick question: What do you have against rowing machines? I am 74 years old and I hiked all the way from Happy Isles (September 1, 2014) to Kearsarge Pass in 17 days (I bailed out three days early because of sore knee), taking 17 days with 2 layovers. Most of my aerobic training was done on a Concept II rowing machine using interval training (30 seconds hard, 90 seconds easy for eight intervals. I find that it not only works the legs, back and arms, but is a great way to expand lung capacity and VOmax. An added benefit is that I can program it to let me know when to row hard and to rest. I believe this worked well for me allowing me to hike from Whitney Portal to Mt Whitney in one day on August 19 as a training hike and to hike from Happy Isles to Sunrise Camp in the first day of the JMT. Just my thoughts.

    Regards,

    gary

  4. Jill
    Jill November 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I love intervals. I mean, I don’t love doing them, but I do love the results. 🙂 I go to Planet Fitness and they have the machine there called an arc trainer. It’s kind of like an elliptical but the movements I liken to high stepping in marching band. Talk about a machine that works the legs/butt/lower core! I’ve really noticed a difference doing stairs and I’m hoping that might translate a bit to walking up the passes once I make it to the JMT!

  5. Kim Stoddard
    Kim Stoddard January 12, 2015 at 6:30 am

    I love love love this workout! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Sean
    Sean April 27, 2015 at 5:39 am

    This is called “intervals” and is supposed to be really great for helping lose weight. You can easily do it on a treadmill if you think your knees/shins can make it. An elliptical is another valid option as it takes most of the impact off your knees/legs that running/walking/treadmill does. The only problem with an elliptical is that while it’s great for burning calories it probably won’t get you into walking/hiking condition. Treadmill or the real thing for that.

    If you want the workout of a lifetime consider circuit training. The down side is that most gyms are not set up to do this. If you can find a gym that is I suggest trying it once. The circuit is a simple concept: Weights and weight machines are great for building and toning muscle but suck for cardio and endurance. So the idea is to combine the two. Start with 30 second intervals with 15-30 second station shifts. Start on an exercise bike and ride it hard for 30 seconds. Then move to a weight station and do 30 seconds of light to moderate weight. Then move back to a bike and do another 30 seconds. Move to the next machine and continue until you’ve done your circuit. Eventually move up to 1 minute of bikes/reps and 15 seconds or so if the setup allows it. You’ll get the workout of your life in about 30 minutes. What machines/weights/exercises to do is something that google or a fitness rep is probably better at suggesting. But the idea is that you keep your heart rate up with the bikes in your aerobic zone and that makes your weight work aerobic as well.

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