60 episodes

The Training For Trekking Podcast is created to help hikers, trekkers and mountaineers prepare for their bucket list adventures. Rowan shares with you the simple training strategies to get you fit, strong and resilient to tackle anything the trail will throw at you. He also dives deep into subjects such as how to prevent altitude sickness, nutrition while hiking, injury prevention and much, much more. So you can have the very best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure!

The Training For Trekking Podcast Rowan Smith: Hiking and Trekking Coach

    • Wilderness
    • 4.9, 50 Ratings

The Training For Trekking Podcast is created to help hikers, trekkers and mountaineers prepare for their bucket list adventures. Rowan shares with you the simple training strategies to get you fit, strong and resilient to tackle anything the trail will throw at you. He also dives deep into subjects such as how to prevent altitude sickness, nutrition while hiking, injury prevention and much, much more. So you can have the very best chance of a safe, enjoyable and successful adventure!

    TFT60: Training For The Older Hiker

    TFT60: Training For The Older Hiker

    In this episode, I interview Alicia Filley, the founder of the Healthy Hiker Program, and we discuss training for the older hiker.

    • 29 min
    TFT59: Habits For Hikers

    TFT59: Habits For Hikers

    Today we explore a few simple habits hikers can incorporate into their daily lives, to support their training, their health and their mental state.

    • 14 min
    TFT58: Interview With Adventure Coach Joe Bonington

    TFT58: Interview With Adventure Coach Joe Bonington

    In this episode I interview veteran adventure coach Joe Bonington, founder of Joe's Basecamp, to discuss training for adventure, the value of strength and conditioning for trail athletes and staying mountain fit while gyms are closed.

    • 45 min
    TFT57: Keeping Training Interesting

    TFT57: Keeping Training Interesting

    In this episode, I share with you a number of training methods a hiker can use, to keep their training at home a bit more interesting.

    • 10 min
    TFT56: Breathing Training For Hikers

    TFT56: Breathing Training For Hikers

    In this episode, I invite breathing specialist James Fletcher on the show to discuss high performance breathing for hikers. Inside, he shares an incredible amount of knowledge about how hikers, trekkers and altitude adventurers can potentially improve their performance through breathing training.

    • 52 min
    TFT55: One Silver Lining

    TFT55: One Silver Lining

    In this episode, I discuss one silver lining which many hikers may be able to find out of the current crisis.

    It might not be much but, potentially, it could be a little sliver of positivity for many hikers to focus on in the coming months.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

AlSimmonsND ,

Practical, knowledgeable advice

Rowan’s show covers a lot of ground. He and his guests provide explanations for athletes at all levels on an impressively wide range of subjects. Having credible science-based advice is key, but is sadly all too rare in the podcast world. This show fills that niche very nicely. Highly recommended.

hick414 ,

Excellent podcast

I’m not even training at the moment, but find every episode I’ve listened to so far has good information and I come away with something that can personally apply to my physical endeavors. Rowan is a very gentle, encouraging host and trainer. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

TXPanhandle Hiker ,

Great for hikers or wanna be hikers both

I needed help knowing how to train for Machu Picchu. I started hiking about ten years ago with very limited opportunities due to geography, finances, and the choice of not hiking alone. I had been hiking in Colorado and didn’t have any trouble, so I felt pretty confident. I’ve worked out since 7th grade and had never had much trouble with anything although I’m not a strong person muscularly. I spent 6 months prepping for a challenging hike in Colorado three years ago. My hiking partner was unable to do the hike, so we shifted to a different hike. I did great—bounded up and easily came down. On other hikes, I had knee pain descending and would limp for a day or two after. Two months after this hike, both knees started having pain. I’ve spent the last two years seeing orthopedic doctor to determine nothing was seriously wrong. I did PT for several months and then found this podcast.

I found the information so logical and focused on what hikers/trekkers need, not runners or any other focused group. I do not like figuring this out on my own—too busy and would rather have an expert who knows than try to become my own expert without taking classes. Rowan is kind and really wants what’s best for people physically as they prepare for an adventure. My trip will probably be cancelled for Machu Picchu due to the pandemic, but we will reschedule for next year and I’ll be even more prepared because of the help and amazing knowledge he provides.

He also has guests on who speak about all parts of trekking needs, such as nutrition. He doesn’t try to be an expert in what he is not. I highly recommend this podcast to help explain hiking preparation (even if and especially if setbacks happen), to learn about the differences in training for trekking, and to be excited about making your body stronger for these challenges.

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