Gym on work days, hikes on the weekend, and chocolate chip cookies every night. . .

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Cause you know we need to get our fill before access to an oven will require breaking and entering. Here’s what we have been doing for PCT training….

Weight Training: We weight trained 4 days a week with a cardio day mixed in 9 months out. 
  • Arms/Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Legs
  • Back
  • Cardio 30-60min
  • We also hiked on the weekend

Cardio/Strength Training: We started adding in weekly pack training five months out from the PCT. Almost every weekend we climb Mt. Garfield which is an elevation gain of 2,000 ft in 1.8 miles. 

  • 3-4 days at the gym
  • 1-2 hikes a weekend with full packs on. 25-40lbs.

Cardio: Two months out we starting backing off from strength training and focused on cardio/pack/core training. 

  • 3-4 days a the gym. Focusing on cardio and core strengthening.
  • 1-2 hikes a weekend with full packs on. 25-40lbs.

But don’t worry. We are still getting plenty of chocolate chip cookies and chai teas! We try to live a healthy lifestyle, so we were already gym rats before we started preparing for the PCT. The last few months we added in specific training and moves targeted for backpacking. Disclaimer: Amanda stuck to this schedule, Corey may have slipped a little (boys and their fast metabolisms!) 😉

-Amanda

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