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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.

This episode is packed full of great information from Rowan so be sure follow up with him at the links below for additional information!

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Show Notes


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


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