Japan, land of the rising sun and endless powder…
Recently, I embarked on a three week trip to Japan for a film project. The trip was truly unbelievable. Among the highlights were summiting Mount Yotei. Yotei is a strato-volcano based in Niesko on the northern island of Hokkaido. To reach the summit, you have to skin up approximately 5,000 feet then boot-pack the remaining 1,000 feet. It took me just under six hours to reach the summit and let me tell you – I was thanking my conditioning through SkiFit. The approach wasn’t as bad as it would seem because we started from sea level but regardless of spending that much time constantly moving is exhausting. It inspired me to design this workout of the week.
The first effort of the program is designed to keep the heart rate at a steady pace while working the essential muscles used while skinning. Then is followed by a more taxing effort to simulate the final bit of boot packing.
The workout can be used to train for any similar style of approach and can be a great tool to measure your lower body stamina!
- 3 Rounds
- 30 sec Step Ups
- 30 sec Inch Worms
- 30-sec Walking Lunge w/ Reach
- 30-sec Sea-Saw Plank
30 min AMRAP @ steady pace – Every Other Minute 30 sec SkiErg Sprint
- 10 ea x Slider Step Back Lunge
- 30 x Slider Mountain Climbers
- 6 x KB Push Press
- 15 ea x Calf Raise
- 6 x TJT
- 1 min WTD Step Ups
- 30 sec High Knees
- 1 min Rest
3 Round Recovery*
- 30-sec Foam Roll Quads
- 30-sec Foam Roll Hamstrings
- 25 ea x Clam Shell
*Time is discretionary, do at least 30 sec to each muscle before doing the Clam Shells*