Training

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bootsFor those who are planning to hike to Bigu, you will need to invest some time to physically prepare for this challenge.  Your training regimen should include cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), leg strength (through strength conditioning) and endurance (because the hike is 7 hours), and hiking-specific training (via hiking or long walks with a light pack).  

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Suggested activities include running, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stairs (in your office building, at a local school stadium), trail running, working on an elliptical machine, walking up and down hills, or participating in step aerobics classes.

Strength Training

Strength training primarily for your legs will give you the functional, trekking-specific strength that will help you the most on the ups and downs of the trail.  We suggest focusing on exercises such as squats, lunges and step-ups.  If you use the machines at a gym, focus on leg extensions and hamstring curls.  Try to progressively increase the amount of weight used, repetitions completed and number of sets. 

 

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