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Thread: Video: Fitness training for a first Grand Canyon hike

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    Video: Fitness training for a first Grand Canyon hike

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    Those of you who've been around awhile know my thing is backpacking, and I've been creating videos for about a year on various hiking topics. If you had asked me a year ago if I was going to do a fitness video I woulda told you "you are crazy", but my goal with my videos is to instruct, to fill holes in the readily available knowledge base. I kept on seeing people ask "I'm getting ready for my first Grand Canyon hike, what should I do to get in shape?", and often get poor responses. So I made the following video, despite the fact that nobody wants to see a 62-year old fossil in spandex. Please keep in mind when viewing that the exercises are specific to hiking up and down canyons with a loaded pack, so you won't see presses, etc.

    I know I have lots of form issues, many of which originate from my back problems: wobbles on my squat as I come up, hips too far forward on my lunges, crappy balance on my Bulgarian splits, but I do what I can. Your constructive feedback would be welcomed. It is likely that this will be my first, last and only fitness video, but always looking for ways to improve.

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    Congratulations on your video, now go hike Kimball a few times to really prepare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_H View Post
    Congratulations on your video, now go hike Kimball a few times to really prepare.
    Yeah, that is a good one! Last time I did it I went up Finger Rock and down Pima Canyon trails. Argh.

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    Thanks for posting. I enjoyed the video and learned a few things. It gave me some ideas of stuff to do prior to a hiking expedition (be it GC or elsewhere). Maybe post it in the hiking thread too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Thanks for posting. I enjoyed the video and learned a few things. It gave me some ideas of stuff to do prior to a hiking expedition (be it GC or elsewhere). Maybe post it in the hiking thread too?
    Glad you got something out of it! I thought about posting to the hiking thread, but whoever reads that comes to the main fitness forum, so probably best not to double-post.

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    Kurt, I just watched your training video, and imho it's excellent! I hope you'll produce a series as your own training evolves.

    PS: I'd give my eye teeth for those calves (if I still had them).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael S View Post
    Kurt, I just watched your training video, and imho it's excellent! I hope you'll produce a series as your own training evolves.

    PS: I'd give my eye teeth for those calves (if I still had them).
    Thanks for the encouragement Michael, much appreciated. Calves: it's all about running with a forefoot strike in Vibram Five Fingers -- every stride is an eccentric firing of the calf muscle!

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    Outstanding! Great tips and exercises. I have a friend who is considering joining me this year on the R2R2R in October and I plan to send her a link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meant2Move View Post
    Outstanding! Great tips and exercises. I have a friend who is considering joining me this year on the R2R2R in October and I plan to send her a link.
    Hey, that's great! I really value your opinion, given your obvious expertise in this area. Hope it helps your friend!

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    Very nice video with a lot of helpful tips. Thanks for sharing!


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