Getting Fit for Active Travel

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Have you ever planned a big summer hiking trip only to realize you are not quite in shape for it?  Year after year?  Nope, just me?  This is a chronic habit of mine, which worked OK in my 20’s and 30’s, but the older I get, the more important it is to be well prepared so I can enjoy my travel adventures and avoid injuries. When I found Fit For Trips, a personal training company that tailors fitness programs specifically for outdoor adventures, I knew I had to reach out. For someone like me, who dreams of exhilarating adventures, but frequently falls off the fitness wagon in favor of Netflix and Chicago deep-dish, it’s just what I need to get ready for my summer hiking trip to the Swiss Alps!

“Since 2009, Fit for Trips has crafted over 1000 customized fitness programs that prepare adventure travelers to conquer the trip of a lifetime.”

Fit For Trips Programs

Fit For Trips offers 4, 8 or 12-week programs. You can choose from from a list of popular trips and outfitters on their site, or you can select a custom trip. My tour operator, Alpenwild isn’t a partner of Fit For Trips, so I chose a 12-week custom program for the Haute Route hike in Switzerland. I also provided a link to my itinerary so the trainer could see what kind of mileage and elevation changes I should be ready for.

Fit For Trips Tour List

I spent about 20-30 minutes setting up my profile, providing personal health and medical information, including how many days and hours I could devote to working out, whether I prefer to work out at home or the gym and whether I have access to a swimming pool. A few days later, a customized training program was available in my dashboard.

Fit For Trips Program Features

Each Fit For Trips program is a combination of endurance training and resistance training. The trainer did a great job of incorporating swimming (my preferred cardio), resistance training, stairs, interval training, treadmill workouts and outdoor hiking with increasing pack weight over the 12 weeks. What I love most about the program is that a lot of it can be done outside of a gym. (You can also choose a home-based option that does not require a gym at all.)

Fit For Trips Dashboard

The dashboard is really well built and easy to use.  There are tons of acronyms and at first it may look overwhelming, but with one click, I printed out a 22-page PDF that included detailed instructions for each workout.  For the resistance training, there are also videos showing each exercise.

Fit For Trips Video

The 12 weeks are broken out as follows:

  • Weeks 1 – 3:  Base – I selected beginner level as I’ve had a lazy winter so this was just getting me used to working out on a regular basis
  • Week 4: Recovery – cutting back on intensity for a week
  • Weeks 5 – 7: Build – increasing intensity
  • Week 8: Recovery
  • Weeks 9 – 11:  Peak
  • Week 12:  Recovery & Departure for my trip!

Fit For Trips Dashboard

Fit For Trips Support

The founder and Head Personal Trainer, Marcus, has been readily available via email and phone since he crafted my program.  A few days into the program, Marcus and I jumped on a conference call, where he walked me through the program, took my feedback on my first two days, and adjusted the plan based on that feedback.  I also receive regular emails with helpful tips and encouraging testimonials from previous clients who have achieved their goals.

At under $30/week for the 12-week program, it is much more affordable than a personal trainer. I loved working out with a trainer, but I could not afford more than 1 session per week, which wasn’t enough to maintain a good fitness level.

I am nearing the end of week 1 and so far, I feel really good about the program. I can tell that the exercises I’m doing will prepare me for the strength and stamina I need to power through the mountain passes of Switzerland. With two rest days each week, I don’t feel like this is overwhelming or unrealistic, and I look forward to tracking my progress for the next 11 weeks. Stay tuned for another post when I finish the program, or follow along on social media!


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This post contains affiliate links which means I will make a small percentage if you buy the item, at no additional cost to you. I received a complimentary training program in exchange for a review on my website.  All words and opinions are my own. 

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18 thoughts on “Getting Fit for Active Travel

  1. So true the older you get the harder it gets! This is great advice for preparation. We are just back from London and worked out we walked 42 miles in 5 days, and we definitely were not prepared for that. Very sore now, wish we had taken your advice! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Wow, that’s a lot of walking. I think walking around sidewalks is harder on your body, for sure!

  2. Wish I had heard of this earlier! My husband and I have been doing the Lean in 15 diet since January as well as doing work out videos on youtube at home. It’s worked pretty well as we have both lost 10-15lbs already, as we are preparing for our honeymoon at the end of May! Will have to keep this in mind as we continue out diet! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

  3. I hadn’t realise you could get a fit for travel programme – so great that you can tailor it to the trip you want to take, and very affordable too!. I’ll definitely be pinning it for later. #theweeklypostcard

  4. Wow what a great idea! I love that it is tailored for your active travel and they really take into consideration your preferences and constraints. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • I was really impressed with what they developed for me. And I’m enjoying it so far, which is key!

  5. What a brilliant idea! I love it that you can select the trip you are going on and get a fitness plan matched to that. Good luck with your training. #WeeklyPostcard

  6. Great advice! We are very active travelers and always intensify our activity level 2-3 weeks before we start on a trip. Even so, I end up with knee pain and blisters on my feet from too much walking. I feel that my strength is lower and lower as times goes by. I should probably do the Fit For Trips Program. It sounds like the best idea. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Yes, you should check it out! I switched to Injinji socks this year, toe socks – they look weird, but have eliminated the blisters I used get between my toes. Give them a shot!

  7. Great idea to get in shape for all the adventure lovers! I guess you need a stronger motivation not to skip your work outs when you don´t have a supervisor. However, I should admit I love working out by my own, more than with a trainer or in group…#TheWeeklyPostcard

  8. What a great idea! You are certainly going to feel wonderful by the time of your trip! We are planning to go to the Swiss Alps in August, but only for 3 days. So no long and strenuous hikes, but we do hope to spend tons of time outdoors. I better start getting in shape!

  9. Sounds like a great service! I’m about to do a four day hike basically without prep… I’m hoping to spend three weeks next year on the Hebridean Way in Scotland – I’m sure this programme would help a lot!!

    • Good luck on your hike – a bunch of friends hiked in Scotland last year, I was sad to miss it as the photos were beautiful!

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