Author: Uphill Athlete

I dream of doing epic linkups, pushing all day and night. I love the feeling of going deep into my mind-body connection while covering technical terrain with a lot of vertical change. But I’m not an alpinist, and I’m not an ultrarunner. I’m a bikepacker. I train to ride my mountain bike over hundreds of singletrack miles through wild places, often in a sleep-deprived state. You won’t find my passion—bikepacking—covered elsewhere on the Uphill Athlete website. But I believe there are clear links between it and other mountain sports, with the similarities ranging from the foundational muscles used to the…

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Introducing Chamonix Mountain Fit. A video-based, guided at-home, progressive strength program.Join Uphill Athlete co-founder Steve House and Chamonix-based physical therapist Neil MacLean-Martin as they discuss Uphill Athlete’s new Chamonix Mountain Fit program. This multi-part program of strength, mobility, functional exercises is a fantastic resource now available to the UA community. Listen to Steve and Neil as they discuss the background, and creation of this program, and get a taste of what this series has to offer mountain athletes. Listen on Apple Listen on Spotify Listen on Google Listen to this Episode: Also Listen On : Chamonix Mountain Fit A progressive,…

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Carolyn Parker, Alison Naney and Maya Seckinger talk about training adjustments for our hormonal cycle and other considerations around our reproductive health as physically active women. Women have Incredibly broad experiences managing their reproductive health. And perhaps it’s a reflection of that fact that we have three very diverse perspectives represented in our own coaching group – from early life experiences with birth control, to navigating pregnancy and birth, all the way to menopause. We share honest stories and experiences, as well as recommendations for how to manage our female cycles and physiologies while training and being active in the…

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Episode 2: Inadequate Training Focus Carolyn Parker, Alison Naney and Maya Seckinger – Uphill Athlete Coaches and Coaches in the Female Uphill Athlete Group Training Program talk about managing non-female coaches and modifying training appropriately for women. Just because we are women does not mean that the training should simply be easier. We can be equally as strong, if not stronger, or faster, than our male counterparts. And what is the answer to modifying our training to our vastly different physiological makeup? Find out in the second installment of our Female Uphill Athlete video series, “Inadequate Training Focus”. This program…

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Join Uphill Athlete coaches Carolyn Parker, Alyson Naney, and Maya Seckinger in conversation about helping women in gain the knowledge to support themselves in training, and build confidence in a mountain environment.While there are some glitches in the audio, we felt the content needed to be broadcast, so please excuse a few short garbled sentences. 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…

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In this episode, Scott Johnston is joined by Olga Dobranowski. Olga is a medical doctor, based out of Colorado, who has tackled some impressive mountain goals. Here some of the topics discussed: growing up and starting climbing in Poland; Polish climbing history; Olga’s early climbing days in Poland and throughout Europe; moving to the U.S.A., and settling in Colorado; the evolution of Olga’s training; orchestrating success on Aconcagua with a busy lifestyle; pre-acclimatization; light and fast; self-assessment of altitude sickness; continued success on a solo climb of Denali; Olga’s base, aerobic, and specific training; hypoxic tents and other techniques for…

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Episode 1: The Need to “Prove Yourself” This is the first of three videos featuring the first-round Female Uphill Athlete coaches: Carolyn Parker, Alison Naney and Maya Seckinger. “Women often feel the need to prove ourselves in a mountain environment or when training for competitive events where women are often the minority. Additionally, we may feel a lack of support due to our minority position in a mountain sport.” In this first episode of our Female Uphill Athlete Video series, the coaches share their own stories and frustrations on this topic and how we’ve handled situations like these as female…

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A question we are often asked is how to utilize our training plans through time as many people re-cycle the plans year after year. Scott Johnston and Sam Naney discuss: Knowing how to get the best possible results for each individual; the difference between a training plan and coaching; objectively evaluating training plans and progress as a self-coached athlete; and much more. 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…

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Uphill Skiing is the way to ski this winter. So it’s a great time for Uphill Athletes to test out a new winter sport. Today coach Sam Naney is joined by Nikki LaRochelle and Mike Foote: Two successful mountain athletes both highly accomplished in the ski mountaineering, ultra running, and much more. They discuss the growth and development of the skimo racing in the US and Canada and how people can get involved with the skimo racing and ski mountaineering community in North America. Listen on Apple Listen on Spotify Listen on Google Listen to this Episode: Also Listen On…

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Coaches Scott Johnston and Sam Naney discuss overtraining syndrome (OTS).“Treading on the knife’s edge, there is no real road map.”Key points covered are: Over-reaching verses over-training. Learning the distinction between the sympathetic and para-sympathetic overreaching; how to modulate training to encourage over-reaching and discourage over-training; recognizing red flags for over training; the pitfalls of group youth programs; recognizing a fatigue issue versus a fitness issue within the context of overtraining; the pitfalls of HRV (heart rate variability) for useful information for modulating training; how to modulate and accept mental and emotional stress; making rest as intentional as training; advice for…

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