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Backpacker Magazine – May 2008

Train Smarter

Get trail-fit in six weeks with this simple exercise plan.

by: Grant Davis


Intro: Get Strong for Summer | 60-Minute Gym Fix | Short on Time? | Strength | Cross Training | Cardio Power | Endurance

Cardio Power
Build sprints into your program to increase overall speed.

Get out for a run or fast walk at a pace that allows you to hold a conversation. Start with 40 minutes and work up to an hour. Ten minutes into your run, find a long, steep hill or staircase (something that takes at least 30 seconds to ascend) and sprint up it. Power uphill six times, walking back down. Finish your workout with a five-minute cool down. According to The American College of Sports Medicine, intervals burn more fat and help keep it off better than steady plodding. More important, they increase your speed on the trail, which translates to more ground covered and new territory explored.

Intro: Get Strong for Summer | 60-Minute Gym Fix | Short on Time? | Strength | Cross Training | Cardio Power | Endurance



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Rick
Jul 10, 2011

I stand corrected and I apologize. I graduated from college in 1977. During my last semester of English, somewhere around 1972, I was excoriated in front of the entire class, complete with the ritual slamming of the Oxford Unabridged upon my desk, for letting the word "farther" escape my lips. That kind of thing tends to stay with you. And to this day, the word "farther" is like fingernails on a blackboard to me.

Rick
Jul 09, 2011

I stand corrected and I apologize. I graduated from college in 1977. During my last semester of English, somewhere around 1972, I was excoriated in front of the entire class, complete with the ritual slamming of the Oxford Unabridged upon my desk, for letting the word "farther" escape my lips. That kind of thing tends to stay with you. And to this day, the word "farther" is like fingernails on a blackboard to me.

Sheldon
Jul 09, 2011

Ohhhh, how embarassing for Rick!!! Correcting someone on language only to find out he is wrong. :) Thanks Kate for the correct assessment and the class. I'll rub it in his face. Ok done. Rick, I'm not perfect with language either. Take it with a grain of salt, but next time you publicly criticize, make sure you are right. :) I had a colleague at work that wrote a letter complaining about the misspelling of words in some training material. Only he misspelled his name when he typed it at the bottom by his signature.

Sheila
Jul 09, 2011

Rick, Both words are in my 1978 World Book Dictionary by Thorndike and Barnhart. Guess that probably dated me since my Mom bought this 2-volume dictionary for my children when they were 3 and just born.

Kate, Enjoyed your explanation.

Kate
Jul 08, 2011

RE: Rick 7/8/11

"Further" Versus "Farther"
The quick and dirty tip is to use “farther” for physical distance and “further” for metaphorical, or figurative, distance. It's easy to remember because “farther” has the word “far” in it, and“far” obviously relates to physical distance.

Rick
Jul 08, 2011

Would somebody please pass around the word at the ol" Backpacker office that there is no such word as "farther?" The word is "further." You spend so much time wailing and complaining about the dwindling state of the wild spaces, you might identify with those who are trying to forestall the even more rapid erosion of the language.

Peter
Jul 30, 2010

I work as a cabinet maker- i'm on my feet all day lifting heavy cabinets and tools. Do you have a blue collar vs. white collar variable? I took out a pair of boots that you recommended a long break- in time for a 9 mile hike right out of the box- no problems, no hotspots- Maybe these "week day desk jockeys" need a different rating than those who can put one foot in front of the other.

Lil Jimmy Norden
Mar 30, 2009

OA Party Rock!!

Raynold Jackson
Jan 26, 2009

Thankyou for providing this " get back in shape" info. I had it in my Backpacker magazine last year and misplaced it. I don't bushwack much anymore, but carrying tools on the trail for building and maintenance can zap you if your not in shape!
TRAILWRIGHTS - NH - President

Balazs
Jun 23, 2008

I know what your talking about,but I found out,that you can open the pages using the page numbers at the end of the page

Julie
Jun 23, 2008

I have tried to download this on several computers and cannot drill down.

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