“I needed help knowing how to train for Machu Picchu. I started hiking about ten years ago with very limited opportunities due to geography, finances, and the choice of not hiking alone. I had been hiking in Colorado and didn’t have any trouble, so I felt pretty confident. I’ve worked out since 7th grade and had never had much trouble with anything although I’m not a strong person muscularly. I spent 6 months prepping for a challenging hike in Colorado three years ago. My hiking partner was unable to do the hike, so we shifted to a different hike. I did great—bounded up and easily came down. On other hikes, I had knee pain descending and would limp for a day or two after. Two months after this hike, both knees started having pain. I’ve spent the last two years seeing orthopedic doctor to determine nothing was seriously wrong. I did PT for several months and then found this podcast.
I found the information so logical and focused on what hikers/trekkers need, not runners or any other focused group. I do not like figuring this out on my own—too busy and would rather have an expert who knows than try to become my own expert without taking classes. Rowan is kind and really wants what’s best for people physically as they prepare for an adventure. My trip will probably be cancelled for Machu Picchu due to the pandemic, but we will reschedule for next year and I’ll be even more prepared because of the help and amazing knowledge he provides.
He also has guests on who speak about all parts of trekking needs, such as nutrition. He doesn’t try to be an expert in what he is not. I highly recommend this podcast to help explain hiking preparation (even if and especially if setbacks happen), to learn about the differences in training for trekking, and to be excited about making your body stronger for these challenges.”
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