Training Plan For Desert Hiking/RockScrambling

We have come up with a training plan for our winter warm weather getaway we have planned. We will be desert hiking and rock scrambling in the fabulous Mojave Desert. I truly believe this is exactly what the doctor would have prescribed for my health and well being if I would have asked for there advice on how to survive another WI winter.

A little over a year ago I surprised my husband with an anniversary trip to Zion National Park for three days of intense hiking with significant elevation. We had only three weeks of training for this trip since I am such a wonderful wife and decide to do these types of vacations on a whim:-) We were sent the training recommendations and were religious about getting it accomplished before we left. I will admit, it was not easy, we busted our butts every night and every weekend but we did it. We arrived in gorgeous Utah and never regretted the work we did to make our vacation something we will never forget. Which brings us to this vacation training plan and a much longer time frame to prepare for this adventure.

Here is what our plan looks like:

Monday: 60 minutes of cardio (machine of choice) and upper/lower body weights

Tuesday: 30 minutes cardio (machine of choice) and 3-4 mile walk

Wednesday: 60 minutes cardio (machine of choice) and upper/lower body weights

Thursday: 30 minutes cardio (machine of choice) and 3-4 mile walk

Friday: 60 minutes yoga

Saturday: Aqua Zumba class in the morning and 30 minutes cardio (machine of choice) in afternoon


Keep in mind this is only a plan and we could and may change it up depending on life. However, we were very dedicated last time and stuck to it very well and plan to also be dedicated this time and stick as close as possible to this one.

Some people call us crazy that we(I) plan these vacations where we need to prepare this drastically for weeks before leaving. I just call it instant happiness. Leaving home with many inches of snow on the ground for sunshine and warmth plus arriving in great shape to do something beyond my comfort zone is exactly how I wish I could live life every single day.

Here’s to sore muscles, exhaustion and pure happiness;-)