2. Bulgarian Split Squat
Why it works: Training your body in a stride or split-squat position boosts mobility, strength, and stability. “Bulgarian split squats help open your hips, and stretch your hip flexors, glutes, and hamstrings while strengthening them,” Seedman says. That dynamic component of balance and stabilization is key in prepping for steep treks.
How to do it: Hold dumbbells in either hand and stand lunge-length in front of a bench. Rest the top of one foot on the bench, keeping your hips square. Lower down until your rear knee nearly touches the floor and your front thigh is parallel to the floor. Complete all reps on one side, then switch.
Reps: 8-10 each side
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