It goes without saying that training in the mountains is the best for any mountain climbing objective or ski adventure. We recognize that this is not possible for those living in cities. You should balance your training between cardio, strength, and skill-specific exercises to reach your goal. Make sure you have enough time in advance of a trip to gradually increase the intensity to avoid injury and get maximum improvement.
We recommend that you start your specific training a minimum of 6 months before the course starts. This should give you ample time to get strong and ready for the adventure.
The good idea is to hire a personal trainer unless you are already training and used to keeping in shape. You can also find various online training programs by searching for “mountain training programs” in your browser.
Enhance your cardio capabilities. Activities like running, road cycling, mountain biking, or swimming are key elements to enhance your stamina and endurance. As you increase your training, you can make your activities longer, which will make the muscles more endurant. It is a great idea to incorporate interval training.
Strength and core exercises are also crucial and will make traveling in challenging terrain and carrying heavy loads easier. Resistance training with weights, bodyweight exercises, or plyometrics can help you build the strength and power needed.
Mobility and flexibility are important for reducing the risk of injury and improving your range of motion and overall performance. You can look into yoga, stretching, and general mobility exercises.
Climbing-specific exercises, such as climbing in a gym, hang boarding, etc., can be great for those who are focused on rock climbing or technical mountain activities, but it is mostly not necessary for easier mountain objectives.
Excess baggage. Participating in our ski and mountaineering courses is too hard and potentially risky if you are overweight. If the issue is only a few extra pounds, you will be able to lose weight relatively easily by reducing alcohol intake and making minor dietary adjustments. However, more serious weight issues require a personalized approach and consultation with a healthcare professional, as the process can be lengthy and difficult.
It’s important to note that the amount and type of training that is appropriate for an individual depends on their starting fitness level, goals, and other individual factors. Therefore, any training program should be customized to the individual and supervised by a qualified trainer or healthcare professional.
Gradually increasing workouts and workload is important, but it’s essential not to overdo it. Training injuries can take a long time to recover from and jeopardize your planned trip. It’s best to reduce training to a minimum during the week leading up to the trip, ensuring that you are well-rested and ready for the task upon arrival.
If you have any health issues, take medications, or are older (+65 years old), you should seek advice from your doctor before signing up for a course.