Author: Kristen Bramante

  • PAIN… a “Four-letter Word” that Doesn’t Belong on the Trail.

    PAIN… a “Four-letter Word” that Doesn’t Belong on the Trail.

    PAIN… We’ve all experienced it to some degree, whether an all-out debilitating pain that sidelines you, or a nagging day-to-day discomfort that just keeps showing up. Needless to say it’s not desirable, and it definitely doesn’t enhance one’s experience on the trail.  Do you suffer with knee pain or back discomfort on the trail? You…

  • “Spring” into Training

    “Spring” into Training

    While the winter snowpack has yet to give way to dirt trails, green grass, or wildflowers (at least in NW Montana), springtime is still a wonderful time to get out and put some training miles and elevation on your legs. If you have summer plans that involve hiking, I’d encourage you to harness the excitement…

  • Post Workout Soreness

    Post Workout Soreness

    Post workout soreness… some LOVE it, some hate it. Everybody responds to exercise differently, but experiencing some amount of post workout discomfort is normal. This is especially common for individuals who were previously inactive, or when starting a new type of workout or activity. Muscle weakness, stiffness, fatigue, discomfort, and/or soreness can occur for several…

  • Wearable Fitness Trackers – They’re more than a step or calorie counter!

    Wearable Fitness Trackers – They’re more than a step or calorie counter!

    A heart rate monitor (HRM)/fitness tracker can be a beneficial piece of exercise equipment that not only measures your cardiorespiratory fitness level, but also helps guide your workouts and allows you to train smarter. Wearable fitness trackers have come a long way since the basic step-counters (pedometer). Now, these devices commonly have features such as:…

  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness:  Aerobic Training

    Cardiorespiratory Fitness: Aerobic Training

    This blog is part of a series of posts discussing various components of hiking fitness. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to check out the previous blogs The Importance of Strength Training , Restoring Proper Muscle Activation, The Importance of Core Stability, and Mobility Training. February is American Heart Month, and it’s a time to bring awareness to the…

  • Hiking Fitness: Mobility Training

    Hiking Fitness: Mobility Training

    MOVE + FEEL + HIKE… BETTER This blog is part of a series of posts discussing various components of hiking fitness. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to check out the previous blogs The Importance of Strength Training , Restoring Proper Muscle Activation, and The Importance of Core Stability. Mobility Training Mobility training is essentially “joint training” to…

  • Hiking Fitness: The Importance of Core Stability

    Hiking Fitness: The Importance of Core Stability

    This blog is part of a series of posts discussing various components of hiking fitness. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to checkout the previous blogs The Importance of Strength Training and Restoring Proper Muscle Activation. Being well prepared for the trail involves more than good cardiorespiratory fitness and leg muscle endurance. An often overlooked…

  • Hiking Fitness: Restoring Proper Muscle Activation

    Hiking Fitness: Restoring Proper Muscle Activation

    This blog is part of a series of posts discussing various components of hiking fitness. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to checkout the previous blog The Importance of Strength Training. When it comes to strength and stability training, hikers should focus on: Awaken & Activate Your Glutes! Have you heard of “gluteal amnesia”, “lazy…

  • Hiking Fitness: The Importance of Strength Training

    Hiking Fitness: The Importance of Strength Training

    Training for Hiking This blog is the first blog in a series of posts discussing various components of hiking fitness. Be sure to check out the next blog in the series “Restoring Proper Muscle Activation”. It’s a new year and that means new adventures!  There’s a lot of excitement that comes with planning and researching…