Whether you need to carry a full load of win­ter gear or just an ex­tra camp chair, train your mus­cles to take the weight with th­ese three ex­er­cises.

Backpacker - - Contents - By Corey Crane


Train for haul­ing big loads with ex­er­cises that build strength and power.

We’re all about go­ing fast and light, but some­times you just need more stuff. This is es­pe­cially true in the win­ter, when pack weight for a week­long trip can tip the scales at 50 pounds. Main­tain pace un­der the load and pre­vent next-day sore­ness with th­ese power- and sta­bil­ity-fo­cused ex­er­cises. For max­i­mum ben­e­fit, do them twice per week, start­ing eight weeks in ad­vance of your next heavy hike.

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