Are you looking to push yourself to new heights? Why not take your training outdoors and test your endurance at The Incline in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The Incline is one of toughest stair climbs in the nation, but the views are breathtaking and it's one killer workout.
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To prepare yourself for The Incline, Jayme Knight of Knight and Day Fitness and Matz Shumway of Ballistic Sports Performance share a workout plan to get you in shape for your Incline trek.
THE EDMUND HILLARY WORKOUT
Allow 10 to 15 seconds for transition between exercises. Perform 20 repetitions and complete the set three times. Knight says, "This entire exercise program is designed to give you the balance and endurance of an eastern European gymnast."
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Note: As with all exercise programs there is a certain level of risk involved, so check with your physician before beginning any exercise program and make sure you are physically able to proceed.
Jump Through Pull-Ups
Stand underneath a pull-up bar and jump up, grabbing the bar as you pull yourself up and through completing the pull-up. Then drop back down to the floor and perform a squat. Repeat.
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Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold a weight at shoulder height. Make sure your forearms are perpendicular to the floor so your elbows are below your hands. Lift your chest, push your hips back and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor or your elbows touch your knees. Drive up and out of the squat position and simultaneously push the weight overhead. Lower the weight to your shoulders and repeat.
Note: Do not allow your lower back to round during the performance of this exercise, as this may lead to injury.
Push-Up to Rotational Press
Begin in a standard push up position with your feet approximately hip width apart. Perform a push up to the floor and on the up phase raise your right hand off of the floor and rotate your body to the right and press your hand up. Keep your right arm in direct line with your left. Come back to neutral and repeat to the left. If you are looking for more of a challenge perform this exercise with a pair of dumbbells.
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