This is a good question. Like weight lifting more work on the big leg muscles would naturally increase the heart rate and put stress on breathing. I would like some clarity on this as well. It seems counter intuitive in the workout description.
Just done my first weighted ME Climb with 22kg (48lbs) at 67kgs Body Weight. The hill I used gave me 900 ft gain in 0.7miles which I calculate as about 24% grade. Took me 26 mins so I did it twice. (Unfortunately stopped Garmin by mistake on reaching top first time so only recorded one climb).
Limiting factor on the way up felt like lungs rather than legs. So next time do I add more weight rather than slowing down?
On the way down front of quads were burning and I can still feel them now 🙂
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