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Hiking Exercises: Get Explosive Strength with Squats

Tackle big miles with this essential exercise.

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Nothing beats squats. Wearing a weighted pack, stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Lower until thighs are parallel with floor; keep your spine straight. Do three sets of six to 12 reps.

Variation From the squat, jump as high as possible; bend your legs as you land.

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Illustrations by Bryon Thompson