Welcome to week three of your hiking training plan! (Get a refresher on weeks one and two.) By now you should be feeling stronger and more flexible. Since we're halfway through the plan, it's time to start increasing the intensity of your strength training to help build more hip and glute strength so you can climb uphill like a champ and feel super comfortable coming back down.
So far you've been crushing isometric exercises, like planks and body-weight lunges. But this week you'll add in some plyomtetric exercises (plyometrics=jumping). These moves are the most effective way to build strength, especially if your time is short. We'll use some of these to help fortify your kinetic chain against injury and pain.