One of our favorite activities is to go hiking. We are about to go on a two-week hiking road trip out west. In order to prepare for this (and to keep up with Scott) I created myself a hiking treadmill workout that we will appropriately name the “Take A Hike” Butt Blaster.
After you try it you will probably want to tell me to go take a hike! Our She Sweats 12-Week Run Builder Workout Plan is a great way to prepare for hiking also!
Related: How to Get in Shape for Hiking
This is the workout that I do on the treadmill in the gym but keep in mind that I have been hiking for a few years now. I rarely run and my cardio of choice is incline walking so if you are primarily a runner or just starting out…start where you can and work your way up! If this is too easy for you, increase the speed!
P.S. The picture above is one we took when we went hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park last fall. We hiked 16 miles in one day!
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“TAKE A HIKE” BUTTER BLASTER CARDIO WORKOUT
- 5 Minute Warm-Up
- Start at a 1% incline at 3.0 MPH
- Increase incline by 2% each minute
- 10 Minutes (Speed Focused)
- 10% incline at 3.8 MPH
- 10 Minutes (Incline Focused)
- 15% incline at 3.2 MPH
- 5 Minutes (Speed Focused)
- 10% incline at 3.6 MPH
- 5 Minutes (Incline Focused)
- 15% incline at 3.0 MPH
- 5 Minute Cool Down
- Lower incline to 10% & decrease incline by 2% each minute