I would like to know this also, I only have access to a hill with 1000ft climb, do the benefits disappear when you have to walk back down and go up again
There are a couple of references on the forum about steep uphill alternatives.
Not sure if the following was discussed.
For a continuous steep uphill hiking activity in training plan(s) the best bet is to have a hill with grade > 40 and a elevation gain of say 800-1000 meters (e.g. Mailbox Peak trail).
Since many of us do not have long trails steeper than 15% grade or tall 70+ story buildings
Some (boring) alternatives
a. box steps ( grades > 75% )
b. stair climbing (short building e.g. 4-5 stories) (grade = approx 63%)
c. short hill repeats (e.g. 36 m climb in a 90 m walk = 40% grade)
d. incline trainer (upto 40 %)
e. stair master (50% ?)
All the natural alternatives (a,b,c) are like interval training i.e.short cycles of x steps up , x steps down.
There is a significant cool down during the downhill cycles of these repeats.
Will these alternatives approximate the training effect of a continuous steep hill climb ?
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