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What are some gym things I can do to practice putting on and taking off a weekend or week long loaded backpack?

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See core workouts here, especially "ball chop" caption

http://www.backpacker.com/october....?page=5


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Take the pack out for a 5 day spin around your favorite wilderness.  Just don't pick it up bending over.  Make sure to use the legs as much as possible to get it on.  Don't swing it around to get it on.  Make it deliberate, slow moves. Many get it up to their lap, knees bent then one arm goes in to bring the pack up on your back while straightening up.  

The other option is to spend time around the house getting it off and back on a chair.  Slowly add weight over time.  You can figure out the reps you need in three sets.

A good exercise you can do at home is to lay on your back on the floor legs and arms spread out.  Get up as quickly as you can with a smooth motion ending up jumping as high up as you can with arms stretched up.  Then do a  controlled collapse and repeat (changing to the other side to push up on) until you are tired.  Advanced move is not to use your arms. That works most of the stuff that keeps you upright.


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See core workouts here, especially "ball chop" caption

http://www.backpacker.com/october....?page=5

Did a weight workout this AM and gave the ball chop and  step downs a try.

The ball chop worked quite well with simulating the put on / take off motion of a backpack. We did 3 sets of ten reps. Thanks for this suggestion. We will include the ball chop as part of our weight workout routine from now on.


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A good exercise you can do at home is to lay on your back on the floor legs and arms spread out.  Get up as quickly as you can with a smooth motion ending up jumping as high up as you can with arms stretched up.  Then do a  controlled collapse and repeat (changing to the other side to push up on) until you are tired.

Thanks for your suggestions.

After a review of your reply, it looks like one of your suggestions is similar to a Land Mine exercise called Plyo Get Up. We will look into adding the Plyo get Up into our weights work out.


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Glad it worked for you. I like that Ed Viesters program, very specific.
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