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Mountain Fit: Self Coaching for Mountain Athletes

Be your own fitness coach! Learn to train yourself for your hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering adventures.

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What if you knew EXACTLY how to train yourself for all your outdoor adventures?

What new mountains would you climb? What treks would you trek?

How freakin' amazing would your life be?

As a fitness coach specializing in hikers, backpackers, and mountaineers, I have heard SO many of you ask for an in-depth, affordable self-coaching program.

Some of you even thought about getting certified as personal trainers.

(Which I can tell you from experience isn't a magic bullet. Guess how many hours my certification program spent on hiking fitness? Zero! What little sports conditioning content we actually covered was about things like ... basketball πŸ˜’.)

And to make things worse, there was really no effective self-coaching program out there that I could recommend to you.

So I decided to create one!

Introducing Mountain Fit: A Self-Coaching Course for Mountain Athletes.

In this course, you'll learn exactly what you need to know to train yourself for your hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering adventures.

Through simple, step-by-step lessons, I'll show you how to:

  • Choose the right workouts for your goals and fitness level.
  • Train at the right intensity to boost speed and endurance faster.
  • Write fail-proof training plans that get the results you need.
  • Design effective workouts to improve your endurance, speed, and strength.
  • Plan a training season that helps you reach your goals.
  • Prevent overtraining and injury.

Never written a training plan before? Well I've got your back.

Mountain Fit also includes 40 weeks of training plans that you can use as a starting point for your own program. Whether you're a brand new beginner or preparing for a high-altitude mountaineering trip, there's a plan for you!

So if you're ready to be an amazing hiking fitness coach to yourself β€” much better than Tracy Trainer at the big box gym who just wants to work on your squat and sell you some protein powder β€” Mountain Fit: Self-Coaching for Mountain Athletes is for you!

If you're committed to living a life of adventure, learning to self-coach is one of the best investments you can make. I've poured everything I've learned in a decade of coaching myself, being coached, and coaching my clients into this course.

I believe in it SO HARD that I 100% guarantee your satisfaction.

Seriously! If you check it out, and you don't agree with me that it's packed with amazing value that will totally transform your fitness, I'll give you your money back.

So if you're ready to become your own fitness coach, click the button and join us in mountain fit!


Real-life results.

Miss Adventure Pants really helped a ton with my summit climb on Orizaba. Her aerobic workouts and heavy pack training were especially useful. I could, in real time, feel the positive effects of many long hikes that had built up endurance and stamina. I'm no speed demon and pretty average at this stuff but building up little by little, following her training plans, was ultimately a core part of reaching the top. Mentally and physically her blogs and guidance were a great boost to get me up the mountain. Pretty euphoric about the whole thing. Whew!

β€” Peter, Pico de Orizaba

This is the perfect course for you if ...

  • You're a hiker, backpacker, or mountaineer at any level who wants to up your fitness game.
  • You want a comprehensive self-coaching course that teaches you step-by-step how to build a safe and effective program.
  • You've wasted time and money working with trainers who don't understand your sport, and you want a better solution.
  • You've read all the mountaineering training books and websites β€” and you're still not getting the results you want.
  • You want to master skills you can use FOREVER to train for all of your adventures.

And not so perfect for you if ...

  • You have world-class mountaineering goals. (For example, if you want to climb Mount Everest, you'll benefit from intensive one-to-one coaching.)
  • You just want the basics, delivered quick and dirty. (While, I take things step-by-step to avoid overwhelm, this is a comprehensive self-coaching course. If you just want a quick-start guide, check out my 8-Week Beginner Training Plan.)
  • You want to coach others. (That's what certification is for.)

Your Instructor


Sarah Maurer, MEd, ACE-CPT
Sarah Maurer, MEd, ACE-CPT

I’m Sarah, a fitness coach who helps hikers get in the best shape of their lives for big trails and peaks. I'm a certified personal trainer with a master's degree in counseling from Colorado State University. I work with everyone from high-altitude mountaineers to beginners who are new to training.

To help you get the most out of training, I teach the Epic Endurance Roadmap. It's a simple blueprint to outdoor fitness, and it works whether you're starting from zero or getting ready to climb Everest. Once you learn this framework, you can use it for the rest of your life to train for hikes β€” and strengthen your body and mind.

I started my hiking career as a backpacking guide in Colorado's Mummy Range. Since then, I've climbed forty Colorado 14ers as well as big peaks in Turkey, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico and the USA. As an instructor for the Colorado Mountain Club, I've helped dozens of students become safe and confident hikers, scramblers, and mountaineers. I started my blog Miss Adventure Pants in order to help adventurous souls just like you climb your mountain ... and just maybe blow your own mind.

By purchasing this course, you've taken a huge step toward lifelong fitness and well-being, and I'm totally proud and stoked for you. I've thrown everything I've learned in 20 years of climbing and teaching into this course to dramatically increase your chances of reaching your goals. Thanks so much for checking it out. And I can't wait to see you inside!


What customers are saying

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Course Curriculum


  PHASE 1: WALK 2 HIKE Training Plan (4 Weeks)
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  PHASE 2: BEGINNER Training Plan (8 Weeks)
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  Phase 3: MOUNTAIN FIT Training Plan (14 Weeks)
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  PHASE 4: ADVANCED Training Plan (14 Weeks)
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By enrolling in Mountain Fit, you'll also receive:

Bonus #1: 40-Minute Start-Up Consult (a $40 value)

Not sure where to start your training? Got questions about nutrition, weight loss, or heart rate? Are you facing a big training challenge like frequent travel or living in the flatlands? Let's talk about it! When you open your course, you'll find a link to schedule a FREE 40 minute, one-to-one consultation with me. This is a great way to get some direction and encouragement and set yourself up for a successful training season.

Bonus #2: Private Client Facebook Group

If you're tired of outdoor Facebook Groups full of Negative Nancies and Macho Michaels, this is the group you've been looking for. Ask training and course questions any time and get moral support from myself and your fellow students. Everyone in here has taken that extra step to invest in their fitness. So you know we're a serious bunch with lots of wisdom and experience to share.

Praise from past students

Hey Sarah,

I’m continuing to follow your training guidelines & seeing so much progress, it’s almost hard to believe!

When I did your beginner training plan the first time in May, I had a hard time walking the 45 minutes with >10# backpack - that was May 18. Yesterday was August 17, just 3 months later, & I hiked 4 miles, pretty hilly, in 93 minutes with the backpack. For me, it’s huge - I feel strong & competent again.

Thanks for your plans, support & advice. You have changed my life - & I’m not just being Lifetime TV dramatic. I was too overwhelmed to even begin & MAP got me moving & setting goals.

You are a ROCK STAR! ( oh - haha - REAL ROCKS star!)

- Janis V., Denver, Colorado

Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
Once you purchase the course, it's yours forever! Revisit the course page any time to review lessons and download resources. You will also have access to any course updates and future bonus material at no additional cost.
What is the format of the course?
Most of the lessons are text-based. This means you can easily review concepts and check specific details without watching an entire video again.
Do I need any special equipment for this program?
I personally recommend using a heart rate monitor for your aerobic base and lactate threshold workouts. However, it's not absolutely necessary. You'll also learn how to check your intensity just by paying attention to your breathing and perceived exertion level.
Will I need to join a gym in order to complete this program?
While it's easier to get a good strength workout in the gym, you can do many of the exercises in Mountain Fit at home or on the playground. Many endurance athletes periodize their strength training, meaning they only lift heavy for 1–2 months out of the year. If you choose this route, you may be able to simply buy day passes to the gym on days when you're lifting heavy.
What if I'm already really fit? Will this course still help me?
Unless you are a world-class athlete who requires specialized one-to-one training, you will almost certainly benefit from Mountain Fit. I've included a 14-week advanced training plan for those of you who are chasing really tough goals and want to really push your fitness to new levels.
Are refunds available if I'm not happy with the course?
Absolutely. I believe Mountain Fit is the best fitness and self-coaching course out there for outdoor athletes. If you buy it, check it out, and don't agree, just contact me for a refund. It's as simple as that.
Is this course appropriate for beginners and people who are just starting to exercise?
Yes! For those who are new to training, I've included my Mountain Fit for Walk 2 Hike and Mountain Fit Beginner training plans. If you can walk, you're ready to begin Mountain Fit.
When does this course start?
It starts now! The Mountain Fit course is completely self-guided, so you can work through the lessons and training plans at your own pace.
Does this course work outside the USA?
Yes. The Teachable platform that hosts Mountain Fit is available worldwide.
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