Train, Train, Train!
The Bright Angel Trail is a rewarding, but challenging hike. It’s roughly 8 miles long with an elevation change of 4,400 vertical feet. People often underestimate the physical nature of a Grand Canyon rafting trip. We are excited to have worked with Jeff Schmelzle, a professional strength and conditioning specialist to offer a customized training program for our guests.
Below are instructions, photos and a training schedule. Begin this training program 8-12 weeks before your trip so that you have enough time to complete the program. At a minimum, this is a 6-week training program, but you may find that an additional 2-3 weeks is necessary to maximize your results and your recovery between training sessions.
Here is how to get started!
•Download the training instructions
•Do the YMCA ‘Step-Test’ to see where you are at before you start the program and where you are physically after completion!
Training program provided by Hypo2 who specializes in altitude training for elite sport performance.
Consult your physician prior to beginning this program to make sure you are healthy enough for strength and cardiovascular exercise! Complete this program at your own risk.