Attack the Hills!
I live in Zurich, Switzerland, with a steep trail right next to my home. It’s a painful climb to run hard, but well worth it as an outside gym and pain dojo. Throw on a weight vest and this hill becomes a beast, and that fires me up!
Believe it or not, this was a spontaneous filming and workout project. I decided the morning of it that I wanted to do a SEALFIT workout that had just been posted, and oh yeah, why not film it? The only equipment I used was an iPhone 5s, Gorillapod and iPhone tripod mount. It took nearly 2 hours to do the workout and film it all, and I loved every minute of it!
Later, I’d go on to start writing my guide to hill running, which I published in 2018 as Hill Running: Survive & Thrive. Much of that book was written in my mind as I trained hard in the hills and mountains of Switzerland, preparing for ultra marathons, such as the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), which covers 166KM (100+ miles) and over 10,000 meters (32K feet) of elevation gain.
Check out the video and go push yourself hard on a hill workout later today!
— Coach Jeff
Jeff Grant is the author of Flow State Runner: Activate a Powerful Inner Coach’s Voice, Hill Running: Survive & Thrive, Run Faster: Unlock Your Speed in 8 Weeks, Running Heavy, and UltraRunning: Coach’s Handbook. Based in Switzerland, Jeff is a coach and writer who specializes in mental coaching, peak performance, and transformation. Jeff’s popular newsletter is a digest containing inspirational and instructional resources, including his latest content. See recent issues and subscribe for free here. Refer to Jeff’s bio for more information, and please check out Jeff’s Coach & Author page on Facebook.