It is really only relevant to UK readers, but I've had an article published in a hillwalking / backpacking magazine - TGO - this month. The article is called "Hillfit" and I have tried to synthesise some of the things I have been learning over the years and featuring in this blog - if you were to read the article you would spot the influences! Frank Forencich, Doug McGuff, Erwan Le Corre and others.
An idea I was trying ot get across was of walking being a skill that we can develop and get better at. We need to practice the skills of being a biped, key to which is balance on one leg.....because most walking is tie on one leg. So I recommend simple balance work.
Then there is the HIT influence - you need to develop strength too. So I recommend what are essentially superslow air squats (with more space in th article I'd have had a pushup and a back bridge or body row in there too). Then I also - for metabolic conditioning - propose a sprint session.
It is all very journalistic in style and doesn't dig too deep but it was fun to write and got me thinking!
It was also a real discipline trying to write to an 800 word limit and necessarily I feel like I ended up skimming over things, so the whole piece is a bit of a compromise. Still, I am really happy and excited to have got published like this and hope that I'll be able to write more for them in future.
TGO has had a long term interest in lightweight backpacking and more unconventional gear so I tried to tap into that with a similarly minimalist / lightweight approach to training.....how to get the maximum return for minimum investment. It boils down to some sprints, some strength training and some basic balance work.
It was funny how this opportunity came about. I followed TGO via Twitter. The editor must have checked me out and looked at my blogs and aksed me to write something.
The wonders of the interwebs!
Here is a photo that didn't make it into the mag - me putting a sock on while standing on one leg - a basic balance training technique! Or an opportunity to fall on your arse each morning.