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Well, Ive never been one to spend more time at the gym instead of hiking to stay fit, but this year so far has had me doing more incline treadmill and stair machine than usual due to work schedule.
Here's the scoop-Went backpacking this weekend and even being in the best shape of my life, hurt worse (sore and pulled calf muscle) from hiking than I ever have! I mean even when I just used to go out and just walk at the park a couple times a week, It seems I was better fit for wilderness trekking. The ONLY advantage was a shorter recovery time from climbing hills due to the cardio, but thats it.
Bottom line- listen to the general consensus. If you're not hiking to stay in hiking shape...you are not in hiking shape. :p
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Dare I say it (and y'all know it's personal experience talking): this gets more true as you age.  Though I did prove at age 27 that being a gnarly biker who hadn't done much hiking in months was a good recipe for pain.

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Sorry to hear that.  But I had the exact opposite experience.

I have spent a lot of time this summer at the gym doing strength training focusing on functional strength. The first real hike I went on this was extremely more enjoyable because I was in shape.  My legs, back, and core were strong. My lungs were in shape, and I had no problems on the trail despite hauling my 30lbs daughter in a child carrier for 7 miles.  

I think the consensus is that functional training translates into better trail performance.  Reconsider your gym routine, and I'm sure you will have a much better experience on the trail.  Look at Mountain Athlete for more information.


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I found this out a few years ago as well. I was running trail 50k's, but found even that didn't really translate into carrying a pack. In fact, I found that some of the muscles I really needed to carry the pack were the ones I'd run off in my training.
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Have been doing an aggressive bootcamp 3 times a week at the local Y for 3 years now. It has transformed my stamina and total body strength. Also took up muni riding about a year ago(unicycling on mtn bike trails) 3 to 4 times a week and that has really ramped up my endurance,balance,leg strength.
Hiking and mtn biking have become much more fun just because of the fitness level achieved.
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Hill repeats minimum of once a week, 25 lb. pack, 1.5 to 3 hours, does me a lot of good. Hill is a mere 100' vertical -- choice of moderate slope ascent or stairs -- and features sweeping views of Lake Michigan (motivating). I typically time the workout for evening light. Also gym and core work, wobble board.
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