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Training at Home For a Stint in the Mountains

You’ve got to hand it over to sly. The guy ran full steam through a crowded market to train for the world heavyweight boxing title with a motivational song blaring in the background.

Ah, where would we be without Rocky?

That iconic scene somehow set the tone for training in the city around home for scenarios that are far more challenging.

But the mountain is a different beast altogether. It can hit you worse than Apollo Creed and you need to know every trick in the book to be able to survive out there.

Here are a few training tips that will help you tackle the terrain and the weather better.

Know the sport that you plan to undertake

If you plan to go mountain climbing, that 150 lbs. overhead barbell press is going to do nothing to help you. You need to train for the sport you plan to undertake. Don’t get us wrong here. You still need to be working on the fundamentals. But there’s a stark difference between concentric strength that you develop with these exercises and eccentric strength that you will encounter while skiing or snowboarding.

Think of it like landing on a bed of rocks every time your snowboard or ski hits the ground after a bounce. That’s the strength that you need to be focusing on.

The same goes true for other mountain sports. Have a rock climbing trip? Go work on the upper body strength, especially the shoulders, arms and the back which will do the bulk of the lifting. Work on gaining some amount of expertise on grip training.

Backpack hiking? Throw some weight into your backpack and walk a mile every week. Once you are ready, start climbing stairs with the same weight and then add weights progressively.

Train the major muscle groups the mountain loves

The mountain loves your legs. And it will tax them like never before. So, ensure that you train them hard. Squats, leg raises, calf raises, lunges, hinge lifts, wall squats and anything else that trains your leg is on your workout routine. Guess what the mountains love more? Your lungs! Time to sprint ala Rocky. Focus on core building exercises. Yoga is a very useful technique to build up lung strength.

Stair climbs and step ups

You might train the life out of yourself horizontally. But on the mountains, all the movement that you do will be vertical. You will go up and you will come down. Stair climbs and step ups are the best way to train your body for anything mountain related. And believe it or not, you will always find the descent more challenging. It will batter you. Better work on those leg blasters.

Start practicing

One of the most effective techniques is to train like a beast in short, doable sessions during the week and to club it together into an event during the weekend. Have been doing step ups and sprints during the week? Club them together into a mini-hike with a weighted backpack followed by an eight mile run.

Snowboarding Tips for Beginners

When you are starting off with snowboarding, it can seem like the most difficult sport on earth.

That happens with every beginner snowboarder. So, relax.

What’s more important is that with a few simple tips, you should be better prepared to tackle those slopes and with some effort, you should be able to master this amazing sport in no time.

Here are a few very important snowboard tips.

Hone your skating skills

That’s not the skating you do on a skateboard by the way. That’s when you use your back foot to push or propel yourself forward. Why is this skill crucial? Because when you approach the lift or exit it, you won’t have both feet strapped in. One of them will be in the binding and the other will be free. Learning to skate will make life a lot easier for you in the early days.

Hire the experts

You might watch all the YouTube videos and tutorials that you want to. But nothing will prepare you for the real deal. You need to have an expert to guide you. Don’t cut corners. Hire an expert for lessons. They don’t charge exorbitantly and what you learn in a few days will make all the difference. You will learn the right technique, you won’t try advanced lessons yourself which you will always be tempted to, you won’t learn bad technique or get demotivated.

Learn the fundamentals

The most important one is to bend your knees and bend it enough so that you cushion any knocks and bumps that you encounter. Also, not bending your knees can make you fall more often.

Go across rather than downhill

Its every snowboarder’s dream to go downhill at full speed. But when you are starting off, you need to learn to control your speed and the best way to do it is to go across rather than down. You might still pick up more speed than what you can control. But in this scenario, you can always check the speed by changing direction and going uphill.

Keep your eye on your destination

Looking to go across the hill? Keep your eyes glued there. There will be less chances of your body changing directions and going downhill instead.

Ditch that beginners slope

The beginners slope has a soothing effect on a budding snowboarder. It has the perfectly smooth angle, the lift that takes them right back up and many other beginners who cant snowboard. Quite motivating. But that might be detrimental to your long term goals. Step out from that beginners slope and start practicing at a mid-level run that allows you to focus on your technique without a hundred people falling in front of you.

Get the right Gear

Charlie just gave me his old snowboard for real cheap so I’m sorted for learning on that!

Last but not the least, get yourself gear that’s suited for your skill level and that fits you. It’s fine to start off with rental equipment but once you gain some expertise, invest in quality gear. It will save you tons of hassles, money and even an accident.

 

 

Choosing a First Aid Kit for Your Mountain Expedition

 

You have trained for it for months. You have taken lessons. You have eaten clean. You gave it your all.

Now that first mountain expedition or sporting event is on the cards. You couldn’t be more thrilled.

But there’s something else that you should account for. Your own safety.

That’s where the first aid kit comes into play. Irrespective of the terrain or the type of sport that you are looking to undertake, always be prepared for an emergency situation.

It is a critical part of your gear and you must ensure that you know the basics and select the right one.

It’s a given that there are hundreds of different first aid kits. The right first aid kit for a swimmer will not be the best one for a hiker. The content of the kits and the amount of certain common items will vary depending on the type of activity that it is made for.

At times, you can make do with a basic kit that wasn’t tailored for your sporting event or adventure activity. But it’s always safer if you have one that caters to your unique requirements.

The basics of a first aid kit

There will always be some common items in a first aid kit. These include antimicrobial ointments, blood clotting ointments, lots of bandages and a tweezer.

These supplies should always be with you during your trip. Remember that even a minor scrape can turn into a large health problem so you need to be able to take care of yourself and cover any cuts before infection can set in.

Never get into any sporting event or activity without these. It might appear like a minor scrape. But it can quickly graduate into something more severe. So be prepared.

Kits for specific activities

Before you head out on an adventure, run through a checklist of all the risks you’re most likely to face. Once you know what you can expect, you can start searching for the medical equipment necessary to keep yourself healthy for the entire outing.

To be able to select a kit that’s best suited for you, you should be aware of the potential risks that you face during the event. Make a checklist of these and you will be better prepared to tackle them.

The Climber’s safety kit

Believe it or not, your hands will bear the brunt of your mountain climbing expedition. That’s despite having the best gloves and wraps that money can buy. Your palm and wrists will be black and blue. Have bandages and gauge and know how to wrap it. There’s nothing worse than a gauge that keeps slipping as you climb.

Athletic tape helps to keep flappers in check.

The Hiker’s Safety Kit

Contrary to a climb, your feet will do the heavy lifting during a hike. Even the best boot can’t stop those blisters though. And those nasty, pesky ones can quickly turn into an infection that you’d best avoid. Put some antimicrobial ointments and moleskin in your kit. The extra layer of padding helps a lot while the antimicrobials keep the bacteria in check. Also, get a splint. You never know when you’d need it.