1. Weighted Stepup
Why it works: “A simple stepup or weighted stepup with dumbbells is one of the most functional activities hikers can do because you’re mimicking climbing and learning how to push off a single leg,” Seedman says.
How to do it: Hold dumbbells in either hand. Place one foot on a bench or box that’s tall enough so your thigh is parallel to the floor. Drive through your heel to step onto the box. Lower slowly to the start position. Complete all reps on one side, then switch and repeat.
Reps: 10-12 each side
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