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Backpacker Magazine – October 2005
Supercharge your legs with conditioning tips for monster hikes.
Eight peaks, 32 miles, and 18,000 feet of vertical. Those are the punishing stats we gave six outdoors trainers when we asked them to name the best lower-body exercises for relentless uphill-downhill days. The clear winners: squats and lunges. But not any old squats and lunges--the experts gave us hiking-specific variations that will get you ready for everything from a one-day traverse of the Adirondacks' Great Range to a week on Rainier's Wonderland Trail. Incorporate these exercises into your workout regimen 10 weeks before your trip.