My Training Routine for the Mt Apo Climb
UPDATE: Finished climbing Mt Apo, be sure to check out my post about it here: Mt Apo – Climbing the Highest Mountain in the Philippines.
So I’m set to climb the highest mountain in the country exactly one month from now and I really, REALLY need to start training.
The only major climb I’ve done is Mount Pulag and I’ve never really trained for that one. I do try to keep relatively fit all the time and that’s always been enough for a Pulag Climb.
But I don’t think my normal state of fitness is going to be enough for Mt Apo. For one thing it’s supposed to be a 3 day climb (here’s what out itinerary looks like) and I’ve never trekked for that long before. There’s also supposed to be a forest trail that we have to get through, another thing I’ve never done.
So yeah, I need to really get in shape for this one.
I need to work on my legs
I’m mainly going to focus on my leg strength development and my stamina. I don’t feel the need to really work on my upper body so much since… well, I’ve been an upper body guy for a long time lol.
Most hard core gyms rats are… we’re all about the UBS (upper body strength) ;).
For this climb though I’m gonna need to bring my lower body strength up. If you read my post about the Metafit Bootcamp I recently went to you’ll know how weak my legs are. So I’ll be blasting them this month in preparation for my climb.
Here’s what I’m planning to do every morning to build up my lower body strength:
- 15 Squats
- 10 pushups
- 10 situps
- 10 lunges (per leg)
- 10 good mornings
I’ll probably mix it up with other body weight exercise but these 5 will be the base.
I’m trying to do it Crossfit WOD style but without too much emphasis on speed, at least initially. So this won’t be AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) but I’ll just try to complete at least 5 rounds each day.
I’ll of course “try” to do them as fast as I can to throw in some cardiovascular work in there but I’ll be focusing more on just finishing the whole set even if it takes more than 10 or 20 minutes to do.
Then later on I’ll do them AMRAP. Once they start become easier I’ll slowly increase the number of reps for the leg drills to shift the focus of the work out to my legs.
I threw in pushups and situps into the mix because I don’t want to just do legs. I still have to maintain or improve my overall body strength for the climb.
And if you’re wondering why I’m only doing body weight exercises, it’s because I’m currently not enrolled in any gym. I cancelled my Fitness First Membership because it was too expensive and I haven’t enrolled at Insurrecto as a regular yet.
I do still box tho and I’m trying to keep that one fairly regular still despite my schedule. There are weights at elorde so I might do some squats there after boxing if I’m still up to it.
Anyway, going back to my workout, I’m thinking of doing this in the morning to wake me up. I usually like to just lie on my bed for an extra 30 minutes to an hour even when I’m already up so I’ll be replacing my procrastination period with this.
I also think it’ll be ideal to do this in the mornings so I can get it out of my head while I study/work throughout the day.
Now to build up my stamina, I’m gonna stick with good old fashioned running.
It’s not going to be easy for me though because unlike most of the fitness bloggers here in the Phil, I’m not really into running. I join fun runs but only for groups I’m affiliated with, never for the “fun” of it.
I’m not really naturally inclined to run unlike most other fitness enthusiasts.
It’s very different if you throw me in a gym. I actually like working out with weights and doing strength exercises.
Running though is just not my thing.
But I’ve got no choice. I recognize how important and convenient running is as a way to develop stamina and leg endurance so I’ll just have to suck it up and run.
Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t hate running. I just don’t love it as much as normal body workouts. It’s not fun for me so I normally try to get my cardio fix from interval training.
For quick stamina and endurance development I’m thinking of doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) runs. I used to do this a lot back in college because it meant I could run for less time and still get the best results out of it (even back then I didn’t really enjoy running for a long time).
I have this Nike rolling hills track that I’ll probably use as my guide. It’s an mp3 music mix designed to train runners for a rolling hills marathon and although it’s designed to be done on a treadmill, I think I can make it work for my flat ground runs. I’ll just increase my speed every time the instructions to bump-up the treadmill elevation is given.
I know I have an older running track that I used with my nike+ before but I can’t find it. It’s been years since I used that one so I dont know where it’s at. I’ll use that one if I can find it.
My running schedule will probably be Tuesday-Friday-Sunday and I’ll be running along Roxas boulevard since that’s close to my apartment.
Run length will probably be 45 minutes to an hour.
After 3 weeks of running (on the 23rd I think) my climbing group will be doing a training climb on a forest trail so hopefully I’ll see some good results by then.
After that, I’ve just got one more week to train before the big climb.
Don’t know if I can really stick to this workout routine but I’ll do my best to not to skip a day without at least doing the morning workout.
So there you have it. This’ll be my training routine for my Mt Apo Climb at the end of next month.
Hopefully this should be enough already.
Yun lang, just wanted to put this on digital paper to make me feel a little bit more accountable :).
What do you think of my workout routine? If you’re a pro climber I’d love some training tips if you’ve got any. Just leave them in the comments below.
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