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Cross Training/weight training

In this month's Backpacker Mag., there's an article about exercises and 
weight training that strengthens muscles used when backpacking. I bike 
(mostly road, so no flames!) extensively and have just started weight 
training which includes some of the exercises noted in the article. 

I was wondering if any of the thru-hikers on the list did any of this type 
of training prior to their thru-hikes? Do you recommend it? 

Two thru hikers I know, (Sarah & Dennis Dooley) currently on the PCT, did 
extensive training prior to their hike. I haven't had a chance to question 
them on it, but I would think all it could do is help. Anybody "pump up"?

Peter H. Fornof