Time to Get Mountain ReadyAre you as excited as I am for this year’s hiking season? June is my favourite time of the year because most of the snow has finally melted and the trails are drying up! Much like any sport, off-season training is one of the major keys to a successful season. Hiking is no exception to this rule and training should be taken seriously all year round! With many gyms still currently closed due to the pandemic, at home training sessions are where it’s going to be at for getting your legs hiking ready! For a lot of us, space is limited so having squat racks and heavy weight equipment may not be possible in our homes! Fortunately, I’ve found a wicked solution for getting strong, mountain ready legs.
Why Sandbag TrainingNo bands, barbells, or dumbells! My favourite leg strengthening equipment is the sandbag. The sandbag is king when it comes to strength and conditioning training. I love the sandbag because it is so versatile and you can use it to effectively target all of the major muscle groups. Sandbag training has been around for a while, but of course it’s gaining popularity as many fitness folks are having to improvise at home.
Benefits of Sandbag TrainingTribesports.com has defined sandbag training benefits in the best way so I’m quoting their blog below:
1. Sandbags Build StabilitySandbag WindmillsThe nature of sandbag training is such that you’ll have to work hard to control the constantly-shifting centre of mass. This builds strength and stability and has performance benefits for anyone who needs to be able to control awkward objects in their life, work or sport. The vast majority of stability training involves an unstable surface, using a stability ball or wobble board for example. While this has some benefits it’s important that we also train with unstable objects as this produces a different set of strengths and skills.
Sandbag Training Can Be Done Anywhere
Sandbag Training is Affordable
Sandbag Training is Tough!
Sandbag Training is Great For Sports Performance
The Best Sandbag Exercises for Strong Hiking LegsSome of my favourite sandbag exercises to get my legs ready to tackle the mountains include:
- Sandbag Back Squats
- Sandbag Lunges
- Bulgarian split squats with sandbag on shoulders
- Good mornings w/ sandbag