The First Unsupported, Unassisted American Expedition to the North Pole

Expedition Training
Total commitment to training and preparation ensures maximum chance for success. In some ways training is the expedition; there are no short cuts. Training includes physical, and more importantly mental, preparation.



Endurance Training: The goal of endurance training is to increase physical capacity and reduce the potential for injury by specifically training the body with motions similar to skiing while pulling a 200 pound sled. Based on a custom-designed workout schedule by expedition athletic trainer Piotr Bednarski, John and Tyler's training sessions mix long hours of pulling heavy tires, cross training and shorter interval burst workouts. Photos: Beth Huston, Sarah Lakosky.
img_2507.jpg Strength Training: These workouts, also custom-designed by Piotr Bednarski, focus on increasing core strength and flexibility. Strength training workouts consist of several dynamic exercises organized into intense one or two hour sessions. The exercises are specifically designed to strengthen the core and other muscles stressed by pulling sleds. Photo: Greg Miller.
Mental Training: The mental challenges of this expedition are endless and multi-fold. Besides being away from home and loved ones, the team must adapt positively to the daily stress and risk of traveling on the Arctic Ocean and to a great deal of discomfort. It is the mind that keeps the body going. Consultation with psychological experts and fellow explorers, positive visualization, exhaustive attention to detail and absolute belief in oneself and the team all contribute to preparing mentally for big challenges. Photo: Martin Madsen.
unknown.jpg Training Expeditions and Outings: Training expeditions are essential tests of teamwork, equipment, travel and camp routines and represent the synthesis of physical and mental training. Northern Minnesota winters provide excellent conditions for short training trips. In March of 2008 the team traveled to Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada to undertake training expeditions on sea ice. Photo: Annie Socci


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