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    I just came back from a 7 day trek through the High Sierra. It was a test of the idea that strength is a general adaptation applicable to nearly anything, and also a test that doing strength training alone (without sprints or long slow cardio) is enough to build adequate cardiovascular fitness. I strength train 3x a week (2x squats, 2x presses and 1x deadlift and pullups.) I hike once a week and take walks wearing my work clothes most days. That's it.

    I took one week off of heavy lifting in order to be recovered for the hike. The first two days were an adjustment getting used to the altitude and the intense sunlight and heat in the middle of the day. After the first two days bouncing around between 9000 and 11,000 feet, we did big passes every day. The first over 13,000ft, then a series around 12,000 feet. Up and then down to 8 or 9000 feet over and over every day.

    I never felt better. The thin air was not a problem. Hiking all day long was not a problem, although I did get pretty tired at the end of a long day. The ups and downs were not an issue. Descending the scary snow on the passes was no big deal. I felt strong, healthy and best of all HAPPY. The altitude sometimes messes with my mind.

    I didn't bring enough food, but being fat-adapted (plus the altitude probably) meant eating 3x a day, no snacks, wasn't really a problem. I had to split up my food to make an extra day so there was a little bit less than I wanted, but I just told myself whenever I felt a little hunger coming on to eat that sweet saturated fat around my thighs. I came back significantly smaller, that's for sure. The celebratory Louisiana hot sausage, eggs and hashbrowns and pint of ice cream was well-earned.

    Anyway, I was impressed with how much easier being stronger made this trip. That plus the health I've acquired eating Primal for so long, plus eating Primal on the trip. This shit works. I'm a believer.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2

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    Awesome!!!


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    that is so cool and it is what the whole point is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    This shit works. I'm a believer.
    I love this quote. Your story is very motivating.
    All time high weight 262 lbs
    Primal since Spring 2012
    Start PB Weight: 240 lbs ish
    Current Weight: 220lbs ish
    Goal Weight:190-200 lbs
    All on a 6ft. 1/2 inch frame.

    I can't wait to meet my abs for the first time in my life. We gotta lot of catching up to do.

    I love this way of eating and hope to be able to help others.

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    Fantastic. Just fantastic.

    Quote Originally Posted by seaweed View Post
    that is so cool and it is what the whole point is.
    YESSS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grokdaddy View Post
    I love this quote. Your story is very motivating.
    I got a notice you tried to send a message. I emptied my mailbox.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2

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    P.S. Here's a picture of one of my typical backpacking meals:

    It's dried pork tenderloin and vegetables and a little Indian flattened rice (poha). I would usually drench this with olive oil. I also had chili that consisted of dehydrated cooked ground beef and beef liver plus veggies and dehydrated tomato paste with chili seasoning. That was delicious but I forgot to take a picture. For breakfast I made yogurt (stuffed a baggie with milk and leftover yogurt from the previous day down my tank top and in the morning it was yogurt!) and ate it with a trail mix I concocted of nuts, seeds, dried fruit all coated with cashew meal and coconut butter and spiced with allspice and cinnamon.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2

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    Sounds like you had a great adventure, good stuff !

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    Thanks for posting this! Great stuff.

    I just wanted to back up what you said about increased cardio endurance without huge amounts of cardio excersise. I started a great gym back mid-February - a sad-sack 50 year old with rapidly decreasing strength and fitness. I worked up a huff and puff just on one flight of stairs at that point. My trainers don't push cardio at all, it's more of a quick warmup more than anything. My alternating programs are all strength training. About a month ago i took my daughter down the coast for lunch and we walked up a hill to the lighthouse. She power-walks. I can't exactly say I rose to her speed level, but I was right behind her and when I got to the top there was no "gawd I'm gonna die" feeling.

    So yes...strength training does indeed build cardio endurance.

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    I found that doing yoga exclusively did a lot for my overall cardio development. But, I had to do a regular practice (at least and hour) each day. Of course, that's not hard. But yeah, definitely set me up for Katadin and the white mountains (I didn't do hut to hut, but several days of up and down different mountains in the area).

    Still, i'm finding that I like doing my cardio these days. It's just enjoyable.

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