While in Vancouver visiting family I decided to rope in a couple of my brother-in-law’s and climb a mountain. Now this isn’t so daunting as it sounds. What we were doing is a mountain trail on Grouse Mountain known as the Grouse Grind.
The Grouse Grind
Also affectionately referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster” the trail is 2.9km or 1.8 miles. With the elevation of 3700 feet at the summit the thinner air makes the hike that much more challenging and will leave you burning calories and fat long after the hike is done.
Now whether you have a mountain or a hill near your home, vertical hiking or running is a great way to build your legs. If you run hills for example, the hill itself almost acts as a sprint coach.
You see when you hike or run up hill you almost automatically do all the things you should do have perfect form. You bring your knees and hands up higher. Your hips are forced to do the majority of the work which avoids stressing your knees or lower back. And as we say here at www.howdoigetgreatlegs.com, form dictates your results.
Back home in Toronto there are no mountains to speak of. So I do hill sprints once a week to get my fix. Sure it’s hard, but if it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you. By the end I’m breathing heavy and just gassed but I know that if I feel like that then I am really transforming my body.
If you want to take your progress to the next level make hills or hiking a part of your regular routine.