Hiker’s love getting outside, travel and focus on exploration. Most arn’t to worries about their abdominals or muscle growth. That being said, some form of strength and conditioning will massively help prepare your for your next hike or hiking trip. Here are some excellent core exercises for hiking that you can add into your training regime.
Hiking can be very physically demanding yet it often goes underestimated and isn’t approached as a challenging task, resulting in people putting themselves in difficult and sometimes dangerous positions. People just getting into hiking can use strength and conditioning training to bolster their physical resilience and help them focus on nature while their rambling, rather than struggling physically. Check out these six core exercises you can use in your training while prepping for your excursions.
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You don’t really, or shouldn’t be trying too. Having a strong core and robust physicality may help when hiking, but there should be no need to think about engaging the core when hiking.
It can help somewhat, but it’s not super important or required to enjoy hiking. Some form of leg strength may be extremely beneficial especially for those with knee issues.
To a very minimal degree. It might help build hip stabilisation but not more than that.
No. It may help you create a calorie deficit, but will not build the abdominal musculature to any degree that you will se a difference.
Yes, it can be very beneficial. Again it will reach a point of diminishing returns but if you pick progressively more difficult hikes then it can be great for increasing leg strength. For knee injuries, some gym based rehab is probably a much easier way to fix knee issues rather than strengthening them with hiking.
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This resource was written by Sean Klein. Sean Richard Klein has thousands of hours of coaching experience and a BSc in Sports Science with Management from Loughborough University. He owns a gym in Bayonne France, CrossFit Essor, which runs group classes and a Personal training studio.