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Hey guys, I have been thinking about going hiking and I would like to get into shape. I want to start personal training to prepare myself for the long hikes and climb trees. I was wondering if any of you guys have experience with personal training in preparing or any recommendations. I would love any help from you guys regarding this topic. Thank you!

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Personal trainers are predominantly douchebags imo. If you want to get fit, you won't do it on the phone. Get yourself outside and go for a run, cycle, jog, brisk walk or whatever. If you want to incorporate climbing I'd go for an indoor rockwall rather than a tree. You'll have someone there to save you if it all goes arse above tit.

Ignore les BTW, it's after lunchtime, he's probably already in the pub!

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For hiking just get out walking to condition the legs.  I've done it recently myself and there is no substitute for getting miles under your belt.

I guess climbing could be the same but there are countless members on here who will have better to say on that one

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9 minutes ago, nepia said:

For hiking just get out walking to condition the legs.  I've done it recently myself and there is no substitute for getting miles under your belt.

I guess climbing could be the same but there are countless members on here who will have better to say on that one

Me too. Gave up running as my joints don't like it much. Substituted it for fast hiking. The addition of a 20kg weighted pack gets the heart pumping too.

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To get ready for a Monday morning earlier in my career I would start drinking Sunday lunchtime, continue till 9pm, interspersed with joints to keep things on an even keel.

Then the stagger home of about two miles would test all my muscles, strengthen my core and balance as I made it from lamppost to tree to lamppost, occasionally testing my ident skills by falling in and out of various hedges.

Monday arrives and I bound out of bed ready for my breakfast of Anadin Extra and tea.

Load the van and off to work, but the preparation wasn’t complete as the stomach cramps hit me halfway there and a quick sprint into the woods to further test my gluteus maximus by lengthy squatting followed by more balance work involving the removal of yet another sock to do the business.

 

Back in the van and physically and mentally in the zone!

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5 hours ago, gromitbarley said:

Hey guys, I have been thinking about going hiking and I would like to get into shape. I want to start personal training to prepare myself for the long hikes and climb trees. I was wondering if any of you guys have experience with personal training in preparing or any recommendations. I would love any help from you guys regarding this topic. Thank you!

I think if you are going on long hikes and climbing trees, that rucksack will be quite heavy. K

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24 minutes ago, Mick Dempsey said:

To get ready for a Monday morning earlier in my career I would start drinking Sunday lunchtime, continue till 9pm, interspersed with joints to keep things on an even keel.

Then the stagger home of about two miles would test all my muscles, strengthen my core and balance as I made it from lamppost to tree to lamppost, occasionally testing my ident skills by falling in and out of various hedges.

Monday arrives and I bound out of bed ready for my breakfast of Anadin Extra and tea.

Load the van and off to work, but the preparation wasn’t complete as the stomach cramps hit me halfway there and a quick sprint into the woods to further test my gluteus maximus by lengthy squatting followed by more balance work involving the removal of yet another sock to do the business.

 

Back in the van and physically and mentally in the zone!

And there you have it, tree surgeons and drainage engineers aren't as far apart as some folk think.

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