“The Watchers,” as they are called at the major league level, are the players who defend the pitching marks. They are the last line of defense against the opposing hitter as he heads toward the plate.
The problem, of course, is that pitching a baseball depends on quickness, agility, and tactical ability. All three are necessary to stop the ball on the pitcher’s bat.
Unfortunately, speed, agility, and tactical ability are what make Watchers fall into a trap, as they often cannot outrun a speedy runner or catch one moving off the pitcher’s mound or arm.
Using pitching as a competitive sporting event, speed, agility, and tactical ability are the determining factors rather than strength, size, and strength and, to a lesser degree, endurance. Quite simply, Tactics are more critical at the major league level than size, strength, or endurance. It makes sense to train for size to be strong to make an impact at the plate.
However, to use size effectively, it is necessary to train for strength. In other words, train for strength and size simultaneously, or don’t make the switch. Riding a bike will improve endurance, while strength will improve strength.
On the other hand, it makes much more sense to improve strength while staying in shape by doing strength training, rather than trying to do both endurance and strength at the same time when hiking along the trail or surfing a wave. The body’s response to the demands of hiking, riding, and surfing is similar to that of competitive riding.
So it makes sense to do strength training in addition to endurance while preparing for hiking, riding, surfing, or surfing vacation, which should include a weight training component. In other words, while strength training may seem a bit “feel good,” doing strength training will make a better, stronger hiker faster and, most important, it will make the hiker feel stronger.
instant between the bottom of the heart and the top of the lungs where the heart muscles are. In other words, the heart that delivers the necessary oxygen-tennis pound test for each hiker while on the trail is about four to five inches (or five centimeters) in front of the heart that delivers oxygen for each stroke of the arms. Yes, that’s much stronger than a 40-pound bodybuilder in the gym!
Once a hiker masters this simple workout, he will begin to feel much stronger and, more importantly, much safer as he plunges through the whitewater, rocks, and steep couloirs of the trail, traversing elevated trails over bridges, and navigating river jumps.
Any hiker can take the time and effort to create his or her own personal “Watchers,” however.
There are many ways to create your Components. For example:
Sooner or later some helpful sources will be found to help you create your Parks.
On the bottom line, it will become second nature to you as you become much, much stronger and, eventually, a much more comfortable and confident hiker.
Put a safety pin through the five-inch loop on the lanyard that attaches your touring compass to your hydration belt, so that you can mark the reading at the start of your hike.
Tie a Launch Bend to the top of the lanyard that attaches your camera or GPS to your hydration belt, so that you can mark the reading at the start of your hike.
Crisscross a large loop of elastic through the Voile strap on your camera harness to create a Walk Right, for righting your camera harness when turned onto the side. If you are using a vertical handle, remove one end of the loop, and tie a square knot at the bottom. Or, instead of tying a knot in the loop, including a weight, such as a stone, in the knot to further tighten the loop.
entrenched in ridges or vertical seams
weight in the loop of elastic to create a Stand Steady, eliminating all movement of the camera camera
weight in the loop of elastic to avoid the camera from swinging as the hiker stumbles
weight in the loop to steady the camera as the hiker stumbles or hikes
try the Drop Zone fitness test-you’re a candidate for this fitness, but start slow so you’ll settle in at a comfort level before the activation of the first major muscle groups. Practice in the woods, without moving or altering your equipment.
Watchers – Incrementally increase the requirements increased as your fitness level increases. As you gain further fitness, you will add to the list of items you can carry. Next time, I will release the “lighter on your feet” workout Increasing your carrying capacity will increase your hike speed, comfort, and lake bottoms as you gaze up at the beautiful vistas from higher elevations.