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Outdoor Athlete, The

Outdoor Athlete, The

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    Take your outdoor experience to the next level. The Outdoor Athlete will prepare you for adventure with performance training programs designed to maximize outdoor enjoyment.

    Whether you’re increasing upper-body strength for an upcoming climb or building endurance for a multiday hike, The Outdoor Athlete will make sure you are ready.

    Authors Courtenay and Doug Schurman use their extensive outdoor and training expertise to provide conditioning programs developed for the unique demands of 17 activities:

    • Hiking
    • Trekking
    • Backpacking
    • Alpine mountaineering
    • Scrambling
    • Rock climbing
    • Ice climbing
    • Mixed climbing
    • Trail running
    • Off-road biking
    • Kayaking
    • Canoeing
    • Rafting
    • Cross-country skiing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Randonee Skiing
    • Telemark skiing

    Including coverage of nutritional requirements and environmental demands, The Outdoor Athlete is simply the most comprehensive resource available for outdoor adventurists. If you love the outdoors, you need The Outdoor Athlete.

    Table of Contents

    Part I Foundation for Outdoor Fitness
    Chapter 1. Principles of Training
    Chapter 2. Fitness Assessment and Adaptation
    Chapter 3. Increasing Endurance
    Chapter 4. Maximizing Strength
    Chapter 5. Fueling for Outdoor Pursuits
    Chapter 6. Overcoming Environmental Challenges

    Part II Conditioning for Specific Activities
    Chapter 7. Hiking, Trekking, and Backpacking
    Chapter 8. Alpine Scrambling and Mountaineering
    Chapter 9. Rock and Ice Climbing
    Chapter 10. Trail Running
    Chapter 11. Off-Road Biking
    Chapter 12. Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting
    Chapter 13. Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Backcountry Skiing

    Part III Exercises for Peak Performance
    Exercise Finder
    Chapter 14. Flexibility and Mobility
    Chapter 15. Body Stabilization and Support
    Chapter 16. Strength

    About the Author

    Courtenay Schurman, MS, CSCS, is an avid outdoor enthusiast active in mountaineering, rock climbing, biking, strength training, rowing, and step aerobics. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has more than 10 years of experience training wilderness athletes, including amateur skiers, kayakers, hikers, and clients wishing to tackle Mount Everest or 100-mile trail runs. Courtenay has been a climb leader for the Seattle Mountaineers since 2003. She coordinates, develops, and teaches seminars and workshops in the Seattle area and offers outdoor conditioning consulting for clubs, groups, and individuals. She authored the chapter on alpine conditioning for the seventh edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, which has sold more than half a million copies; coauthored and coproduced Train to Climb Mt. Rainier or Any High Peak DVD (2003); and authored numerous magazine articles, e-books, and over 500 training pages for various wilderness sports at She is co-owner of Body Results, a company that specializes in outdoor strength and conditioning.

    Doug Schurman, MBA, CSCS, is a competitive powerlifter and has been a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA since 1998. Active in mountaineering and rock climbing, he coauthored and coproduced the Train to Climb Mt. Rainier or Any High Peak DVD (2003) and coauthored numerous wilderness sport articles at He is a qualified climb leader for rock, ice, and glacier climbs and has been a member of the Seattle Mountaineers since 1992. He is co-owner of Body Results, conducts wilderness sport fitness training seminars and workshops, and coaches wilderness athletes from around the United States to achieve their adventure sport goals.


    "Courtenay and Doug Schurman have a training approach that touches outdoor athletes at all levels. Conditioning is paramount to being safe and prepared, and they are clearly experts."

    Eric Linxweiler
    President, Mountaineers
    Seattle, Washington

    "In the outdoor field, the Schurmans are well known personal trainers for outdoor enthusiasts. In The Outdoor Athlete, they share their experiences to prepare you for the adventures and challenges you once thought were out of reach."

    Gordon Janow
    Director of Programs
    Alpine Ascents International

    "This is the ultimate training guide for athletes looking to improve their performance in outdoor wilderness-type sports."

    Rebecca Heaton
    Editor, Rocky Mountain Sports
    Contributing Editor, Gen-A

    Sample Content

     Lying Dumbbell Triceps ExtensionLying Dumbbell Triceps ExtensionOne-Leg Deadlift One-Leg Deadlift Romanian Deadlift Romanian Deadlift  
     Courtenay Schurman discusses strategies for an injury-free climbing season  Courtenay Schurman explains the benefits of hiking/climbing and how to get started   Courtenay Schurman offers tips on combatting altitude sickness  Courtenay Schurman shows how to enjoy the great outdoors  Hear about Courtenay Schurman’s most memorable outdoor experience