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.
“I followed the training guide as closely as possible and would have been in trouble if I hadn’t. I would advise any older participant, such as myself, to train religiously because your margin of error is smaller,” John, Langhorne, PA
Here is how to get started!
•Download the Grand Canyon Hike Training program! This all-in-one packet can get you on the right path to succeed on your Grand Canyon hike.
•Look into local training options at your gym. We know of plenty of our guests who have hired a personal trainer to get them on track for their hike.
•Check out the fantastic info from Marcus with Fit For Trips. He is an amazing resource and can get you a custom plan for your hike.
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.