Episode 86 6 Overrated Training Methods with Rowan Smith

Rowan Smith is a personal trainer who specializes in helping trekkers, mountaineers, and backpackers prepare for their upcoming adventures.

On this episode we dive into an article he wrote regarding the “6 Overrated Training Methods for Trekkers” to discuss why these exercises are “overrated” and what might be done to correct them or replace them with ones better suited for the backcountry traveler.

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Show Notes

  • Introductions

  • What Rowan does and how he helps backcountry travelers

  • Rowans backstory in the outdoors

  • The hiking/backpacking culture in Australia

  • How backpacking can help you learn about a culture or landscape

  • What Rowan saw as a gap in training for the backcountry

  • Rowans 6 Overrated Training Techniques

  • 1.  Heart Rate Training

  • 2.  Jump Training and replacement exercises

  • 3.  Altitude Masks

  • 4.  Fasted Training 

  • 5.  High Intensity Training

  • The resurgence of strength training

  • 6.  Unstable Surface Training

  • Knee pain - common causes and prevention

  • How to reach Rowan