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An Adventure Hike Done Right

Hungry for an outdoor challenge? One MF editor reflects on her very first extreme hike—and what she learned from it.

3. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOUR NUMBERS

What do you bench? Squat? Deadlift? When you're in a groove and tackling big numbers at the gym, that's all that matters. But when you're facing real-world physical challenges, your vitals take precedence. Yeah, your gym numbers will suffer and your body will be catabolic for longer than it should be, but what else do you work out for but to use that functional muscle? Go hard, then go outside!

4. FUEL UP RIGHT

Up Your Mass, an unfortunately named but enormously effective weight gainer, was the last supplement I took before heading onto the trail. Calories in the days preceding an adventure are the top priority, so I had a double scoop of it—in addition to eating big, clean meals—on my way out. My body craved it every day until got back in front of a plateful of food.

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