Author: Scott Johnston

$49  The Uphill Athlete 8 week Mountaineering Plan is designed for climbers bound for a 1-3 day mountaineering objective. It has been used successfully for climbs of Mt. Rainier, the Grand Teton, Mt. Baker, Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Mt. Elbrus and many 4,000-meter and 14,000-foot peaks. This plan assumes that you have no strength training background. This plan is ideal for mountaineers and trekkers who have never engaged in an organized training program or who have not done so for a long time. 2022 Updates include: Workouts can now be downloaded to a compatible watch so the watch can time…

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Introduction In the broadest context mountain running means moving quickly over mountainous terrain. To distinguish it from mountaineering, mountain running is movement at a higher speed and with less weight and equipment, over terrain that is usually less technical. Mountain running includes everything from running buffed trails through the hills of California to navigating technical, high-speed scrambling linkups in the mountains outside of Chamonix. Further, it encompasses efforts from vertical kilometer (VK) races to mountainous 100-milers and beyond. Despite the breadth of disciplines that fall into this category, training for all mountain running is incredibly similar. The mountain runner will…

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Training makes you weaker. It is through recovery that you get stronger. That very simple concept is set in bold because it is often poorly understood across the full spectrum of sports training. Put another way, the hours to days following a workout are when your body responds to the training and adapts to better handle similar loads in the future. It should then come as no surprise that what you do following a training session can impact your body’s response to it. From practicing yoga to eating well to integrating self-massage, there are many strategies that can facilitate a…

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At Uphill Athlete we have repeatedly stated that mountain sport athletes would be wise to learn from the training methods used in more conventional, thoroughly tested sports.  A vast body of accumulated knowledge from the full spectrum if conventional sports exists. We have culled and distilled a good deal of that knowledge thereby making it more accessible and applicable to the mountain athlete.  One of the key principles for endurance sports that we’ve adopted is that of Capacity and Utilization Training  US swimming has had consistent and unparalleled international successes. This success has caused the athletic and coaching world to…

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Scott Johnston talks to Sam Naney, describing in hilarious detail several lessons from his earliest days of climbing: Not nailing initial plans and objectives; successes and failures; and the beauty and wisdom to be found in the exuberance of youth. Scott post-ski tour with Alex Lowe, Lynn Hill, and Tony Yaniro circa 1988 Listen on Apple Listen on Spotify Listen on Google More Episodes View All Training, Stress, and Success for Female Athletes with Alison Naney Training Junior Athletes Through Trauma and Grief with Barry Blanchard The Unexpected Evolution of Uphill Athlete The Aging Athlete Talking Ultra Running and Ski-Mo…

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In this edition of The Uphill Athlete Podcast, our Co-founder Scott Johnston and our Coach Sam Naney, discuss the subject of speed, an often overlooked element in endurance sports. Listen on Apple Listen on Spotify Listen on Google More Episodes View All Training, Stress, and Success for Female Athletes with Alison Naney Training Junior Athletes Training During Lock Down with Mark Sears Through Trauma and Grief with Barry Blanchard The Unexpected Evolution of Uphill Athlete The Aging Athlete Talking with Physical Therapist, Pete Dickinson Talking Ultra Running and Ski-Mo with Mike Foote Talking Tactical Training with Drew Hammond Talking Strength…

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Sit down for story-time with Uphill Athlete co-founder Scott Johnston and Master Coach Sam Naney. These two have a long history together, and in this hangout they will recount the development and evolution of Sam as an athlete, and Scott as a coach. Their dynamic story is full of lessons and applications for any athlete, or coach. This already happened. Click here to view on our YouTube Channel

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Winter-sport athletes face a unique problem when it comes to training for their disciplines. Cross-country ski racers train seven to eight months of the year—NOT doing their sport—in preparation for a four-to-five-month racing season. These athletes have had to become very clever about sport mimicry to fool their muscular and nervous systems into believing that they are doing something very close to skiing. They call this dryland training. Off-season training can be just as beneficial for skimo racers, who would be wise to experiment with some of the methods and techniques their cross-country brethren rely on between winters. Skimo Off-Season…

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$39  Are you targeting a multi-day mountain running goal like the Via Valais, the Tour d’Mont Blanc or the Haute Route?  These are challenging runs with major elevation gain and loss for 5 to 9 consecutive days. You’ll want to have a very good running base with the ability to handle 40 mile (~65km) weeks to start and build to 70miles (~110 km) in the biggest week.  Speed is not necessary in these runs but durability is. This plan includes the same proven gym-based circuit style muscular endurance strength workout as is used in Mike Foote’s Big Vert plan to…

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