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Backpacker Magazine – November 2010

Hiking Exercises: Sculpt 3D Legs

Want legs that handle any terrain. This is the exercise.

by: Kristin Bjornsen, Illustrations by Bryon Thompson

Strengthen your legs with this exercise.
Strengthen your legs with this exercise.

Train in multiple planes with “around the clock” lunges, so you can handle uneven terrain.

The exercise
Lunge forward with your right foot into the 12 o’clock position. Then lunge to 1:00 (your torso and left leg still face noon). Travel around the face until 6:00 (a backward lunge). Switch to your left foot, and go clockwise from 6 to noon. Do four sets; weighted pack optional.

>>BECOME A MILEAGE MONSTER
See our essential exercises and tips to tackle the most miles possible.


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Charles Poissonnier
Dec 22, 2010

THis is cool but there are many other things you can do as well such as if you have a tredmill or a stair stepper put you pack on and walk for 30min with and incline of about 5 to start at 2.5 miles per hour this will build mad leg muscles repeat 2 or 3 time a week and increase elevation each time just a little bit and youll be able to take on any mountain

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