Author: Sam Naney

If you are like us, you want to be ready when the snow comes and you can get into the back country. Even if you’ve fallen off the endurance training wagon with all the rock climbing you’ve been doing, you’ve still got time to make some appreciable gains in the next 8 weeks.A couple of years ago we published an article called Preseason Ski Touring Training (you are encouraged to read it for background info) which outlined the training in general terms and even described some typical workouts. But it was not a detailed day by day plan like our…

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In this episode coach Sam Naney talks with athlete, professional free skier and ski mountaineer, Cody Townsend. Cody has had a long and illustrious career in free skiing and has been featured in many ski films. Cody’s most recent project is “Chasing The Fifty Classics” — the classic ski descents of North America. The two discuss this project, and in particular, Cody’s training as he chases these lines. Listen on Apple Listen on Spotify Listen on Google Listen to this Episode: Also Listen On : More Episodes and Posts View All Aerobic Training Capacity Training vs Utilization Training Aerobic Training…

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In this episode coaches Alison and Sam Naney discuss the proper application of supplemental strength training and how athletes may go about determining the types of strength training that will benefit them most as individuals. Listen on Apple Listen on Spotify Listen on Google Listen to this Episode: Also Listen On : More Episodes and Posts View All Aerobic Training Capacity Training vs Utilization Training Aerobic Training Intensity Monitoring during Training Aerobic Training Determining Aerobic Threshold Using Breath Monitoring Aerobic Training Breath Intensity Monitoring Physiology Athlete Stories Giselle Cesin Becomes First Venezuelan Woman to Summit Denali Athlete Stories Stuss Leeds…

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Winter is coming—are you ready for the ski season? Make sure you’re as fit for the skin up as the ride down by following a focused, ski-specific strength and conditioning cycle. In this article on preseason ski training, learn how to:Move from summer activities to ski-oriented trainingIncorporate key core exercisesBuild functional leg strength and muscular enduranceIntroduce higher-intensity Zone 3 workoutsButton it all up with the proper knowledge and gearAs the aspen leaves outside my window begin to change color, and the tips of larches in the mountains start to transition from a lush green to golden yellow, my excitement for…

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Many athletes we work with throughout the year target long-duration events: high-altitude climbs, ultramarathons, and big ski tours. As avid readers of Uphill Athlete literature know, the biggest bang for these athletes’ buck will be aerobic-capacity-building training. This comes in the form of low-intensity, long-duration work—multi-hour climbs, weighted pack carries, long aerobic runs. But for others there are competitions on the horizon. The 50K ultrarunner, the skimo racer with an eye on Patrouille des Glaciers, and the road runner–turned–vertical kilometer aficionado all need to pay attention to their speed potential. To perform well, they need to be able to prolong…

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$39  This 16-week ultra running training plan is designed for individuals looking at completing a three-day running tour of the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier who have some running background and are capable of handling back to back weeks of 30 miles of easy aerobic running to start with and building to nearly 55 mile weeks that include one high intensity session. The plan follows the proven model of three building weeks followed by a recovery week to allow your body to absorb the training that preceded it It takes you through an 8 week base period to solidify both…

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Many people who reach out to Uphill Athlete for coaching are already active. But that doesn’t mean they’ve been approaching their training in a sustainable way. The jigsaw puzzle that is work and life keeps a lot of folks tethered to a haphazard schedule of shorter, high-intensity workouts during the week—think spinning, Boot Camp, CrossFit—bookended by longer mountain days on the weekends. Seems efficient, right? Not quite. You’ll crush those WODs, but if your training goal is Denali or a first ultra, you’re not primed for summit or race-day success. Read on for six endurance training principles, courtesy of Uphill…

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One of the most crucial components to success for endurance athletes—skiers, runners, cyclists, climbers, and more—is muscular endurance. In this free video seminar, Uphill Athlete Coach Sam Naney explains how muscular endurance represents a cornerstone of training. It improves economy, resistance to fatigue, and durability across a range of applications. Thanks to RunWenatchee and Inner Circle Gym for generously sponsoring this event. This was recorded as a Facebook Live event. Volume, resolution, and production are not top quality—but the information is! https://www.facebook.com/uphillathlete/videos/205266677071975/

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Over the last decade the sport of ski mountaineering racing, or skimo, has seen a dramatic increase in participants, most notably in North America where it captures legions of trail and mountain runners seeking winter challenges in the mountains. Thanks to rapidly improving equipment, moving fast on skimo race gear has started to look more and more like the cross-country ski racing of yesteryear. It’s no surprise that skimo racers can reap huge efficiency gains by adapting a number of Nordic ski training methods. One of the most valuable of those methods is training on roller skis. By closely mimicking…

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