ARMED AND DANGEROUS
Get those noodles ready for hoisting heavy packs, hauling your body over boulders, and poling through tough terrain.
Do backpackers really need strong arms? Consider this: Weak shoulders can lead to upper back pain, as well as neck and shoulder injuries from carrying a pack. Plus, you need upper body strength to use trekking poles, which can take up to 25 percent of the load off your knees. Do these exercises two to three times per week for two months before your next big trip to hit the trail with guns blazing.