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Backpacker Magazine – October 2005
Got summit fever? The sky's the limit with a fitness plan and climbing tips from world-class mountaineer Ed Viesturs.
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a medicine ball as far over your right shoulder and behind your head as possible. Move the ball quickly, but with control, across your body to the outside of your left leg, keeping your arms straight but elbows soft. Return to the original position and repeat for 60 seconds. Perform on the other side. "Ed repeats this motion whenever he takes his pack on or off," says Liljeblad. "Strengthening the core (lower back, lats, abs) and shoulder muscles helps him do it more efficiently, which saves energy."
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