BEST FOR: Anybody who is looking to do an epic day hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome, a Colorado 14’er (or 13’er!), The Enchantments, or a similar challenge.
PREREQS: A regular exercise routine: you workout at least 4 times a week for 30-45 minutes.
NUMBER OF WEEKS: 20
Taking a day to head deep into Ma Nature–and away from the crowds—is always a day well spent.
This 20-week program is built to so you can feel strong and capable on a day-long epic hike. In other words, on your target hike, you’ll be so prepared, all you have to focus on is taking in the scenery and taking in calories regularly. The program’s focus is not on speed, but rather on the endurance and strength necessary for day when you are out on a trail for 8-12 hours (or longer!). We’ve designed this program to work for all kinds of hikes from Yosemite’s Half Dome to a Colorado 14’er to The Enchantments. In addition to plenty of climbing to build lower body strength + endurance during the weekdays, your longest training days will be a percentage of the elevation and mileage you’ll cover on your epic hike day.