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It’s no secret: the more physically prepared you are for a backpacking trip, the more you are going to enjoy yourself. But what are the most effective ways to reach optimal backpacking condition? That’s the topic of today’s BPL SKILLS SHORT: training. 

After a brief introduction, Ryan and Andrew get right to it - covering some basics like living at sea level, training on stable vs. uneven ground, and trail vs. road running. After that they talk about cycling, stabilizing muscles, core strength, upper body resistance training, nutrition,flexibility, injury and foot care, and body weight maintenance. 

At the end of the pod, Ryan gives his suggestions for a very basic backpacking training plan. 

If you are interested in a more in-depth training episode of the Backpacking Light podcast, let us know at [email protected]. There’s so much more to dig in to!  

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