05 Sep My Top 3 Most Well Thumbed Trek, Trail and Adventure Training Books
Hey folks, Joe here! As someone who’s deeply involved in the world of adventure sports and outdoor activities, I’m always on the lookout for ways to elevate your experiences—be it trekking, mountain climbing, or any form of trail adventure. Today, I’m diving into three well thumbed cornerstone texts that are essential reads for anyone obsessed with understanding the science behind training for mountain, trail, and other feats of endurance. So, let’s get into it!
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Training for the Uphill Athlete by Steve House, Scott Johnston, and Kilian Jornet
When it comes to uphill running, skiing, and alpinism, there aren’t many guides as comprehensive as this one. House, Johnston, and Jornet take us through well-researched physiology and translate that into actionable training plans. The level of scientific detail is exceptional, covering energy systems, oxygen transport, and the specific demands of uphill sports.
For those interested in the nitty-gritty of physiological adaptations, this book is a treasure trove. There’s a fantastic blend of academic rigor and real-world wisdom here, so you’ll get the best of both worlds.
If you’re someone who really wants to understand the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind your training, this book is the epitome of knowledge for uphill athletes.
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Training for the New Alpinism by Steve House and Scott Johnston
Training for the New Alpinism strikes the perfect balance between scientific jargon and actionable information. The book teaches you how to create your own periodization plans and mental training techniques—crucial if you’re headed to high altitudes. It’s one of those rare books that not only tells you what to do but educates you on how to make your own informed choices. It’s also filled with anecdotes and stroies from Steve, Scoot and some of the worlds leading alpinists.
If alpinism is in your veins, then this book is your bible. It offers a thorough understanding of the specific needs of high-altitude endeavors and delivers the scientific backing to make you feel confident in its teachings.
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The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Dr. Philip Maffetone
Dr. Maffetone’s book is more versatile, focusing not just on mountain or trail activities but endurance sports in general. It delves into the science of aerobic and anaerobic training, fuel utilization, and even throws in some nutritional advice (although contentious). You’ll come out understanding the nuances of endurance and how to build it in a sustainable way.
This is an excellent book for anyone looking to branch out into various forms of endurance activities. It’s comprehensive and serves as a great companion to the other two more specialized books.
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