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5 Power Exercises for Speed on the Trails

Power is one of the phases of training that you find in KATHLETICS Trail (and many other fitness programs). Power takes the strength that you've built and puts it into use at a higher speed.

A key part of this is that higher speed does not mean less control. Power still requires control of the movement and muscle contraction.

Power is an important phase for hikers and trail runners because of the quick movements required of hiking and running. You will want power for hiking so you can climb mountains at an efficient rate, dodge rocks, and move fluidly. For example, you need power to step onto a big rock and propel yourself up and over it. The same goes for trail running. Your legs move quickly while running (regardless of speed), so power exercises help build, maintain, and use the strength necessary to carrying you up the trail.

Below is a video of 5 different power exercises to help increase your speed on the trails, whether that hiking or trail running. Take a look!


Katharine Moustakes
Hey, friend!

I'm Katharine.

I'm a personal trainer, running coaching, and nutrition coach who's stoked about lifting, the outdoors, summit snacks, and my dog.


I understand that fitness is not your whole life. Fitness is a PART of your life. I approach training in a way that adds value to your life and longevity, so you can enjoy being active whether you're romping around in the mountains, playing with your kids, or signing up for your first 10K race.

I'm here to meet you where you are, so you can train safely and effectively, and gain strength and confidence both in the gym and on the trails.

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