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THE EXPERT Pete McCall

McCall is a master trainer and author of Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple.

THE STRATEGY

Backpacking is all about endurance. “The legs are always working, even when you’re standing still,” McCall says. But hills happen, and climbing with a weighted pack, especially over tough terrain, requires bursts of power, too. Train to meet the challenge: low to moderate intensity, with a focus on high repetitions, to help the muscles become more efficient for long days on the

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