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October 2005

Leg Exercises: Your Biggest Day Ever

Supercharge your legs with conditioning tips for monster hikes.

©Woods Wheatcroft

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.

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