Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I get a lot of inquires about what kind of gym workouts I recommend to help get in shape for the Half Dome hike. The first question is “what do you do now?” Doctors recommend 3 to 5 days per week of strenuous exercise for 30-45 minutes. Strenuous means a heart rate about 80% of your maximum calculated heart rate and “grunting” when you do strength training. Always split your time into Cardio, Weights and Stretching. 30 mins each is a good goal. Then shower (phew). Today we visit the Stair Stepper or its cousin, the Stairmaster.
After a 5 min jogging warm up, work up to a level 10 for about 20 mins. Stand up straight and don’t hunch over putting all your body weight on your arms. Lightly hold onto the bars for balance – not support. But remember this will do nothing for your shins – you need the downhill workout that only reality hill hiking can give. But this is a good workout.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We want to pump YOU up.” – Hans and Franz, Saturday Night Live skit.
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com