Training for Mt Everest Base Camp with BodyArmor

by Amelia Old

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR however all opinions are my own.  There’s 4 months until my journey to Nepal where I’ll be trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp. I’m truly still trying to wrap my head around that. There’s a million things to do to prepare and I’m pretty obsessive reading every article and blog post I can about those who have taken the same path. When I started this, I knew it was going to be tough physically. That was part of my story. Taking a regular wife and mom and preparing her for this major challenge. Let’s face it, I’ve not hiked anymore than maybe 8 miles max. The trek to base camp is more like 38 miles but guess what?? You still have to turn around and come back down! There’s no way I can prepare for the altitude and that’s scary. My biggest fear, other than the dangerous airport in Lukla that I must fly in and out of, is that I make it half way through my trek and have to turn around due to altitude sickness. All the time, energy, and money spent would go down the drain. In my eyes it would. Instead, I must remain positive and focus on what I CAN control and that’s my fitness. I didn’t have that many cards in my favor at the beginning of this journey. I had to have shoulder surgery and spent 8 months in physical therapy. Even though I was released, they are now looking at other options to continue rehabbing me such as needling paired with massage therapy. Due to so much time off from the surgery, I added extra pounds to my weight that I already needed to lose to begin with. I’ve also always had issues with my heart off and on and need to work on making sure it’s strong. There’s a great deal to consider! Thankfully, I have amazing trainers at Ft Mill Fit Body Boot Camp who have been pushing me hard. I am a busy working mom and even on the days I’m unable to go to the gym-my trainers keep me accountable. There’s no excuse…right? Especially when I have a home gym with weights, a treadmill, a spin bike, and a rower. I’ve never been great working out on my own but what I’ve found is being consistent and having a plan helps keep me focused. My gym also recently started a jump rope challenge which turns out to be my perfect cardio. I’m not a big fan of running but have been doing great with the jump rope. In fact, recently, I had my personal best! 3,000 jumps in 55 minutes. I could barely walk the next day. Send in the paramedics!

My quote through all of this has been “Mt Everest isn’t going to climb itself!” Meaning…I MUST push through. With that also comes nutrition and hydration. Especially during a workout. I am pretty sure I had tried all of the sports drinks out there until I recently tried BODYARMOR Sports Drink. Let’s just say-I now have a favorite to help me through my grind at the gym.

BODYARMOR is a sports drink that is packed with electrolytes, coconut water, and vitamins. It’s also low in sodium and high in potassium. It’s available in 11 flavors at retailers including Target, Kroger, Publix, and Lowes Foods. I especially love that this year, they released BODYARMOR LYTE which has only 20 calories per serving. This sports drink was designed by athletes, for athletes. It’s no surprise that BODYARMOR is the brand of choice for athletes such as Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Mike Trout, Dustin Johnson, Andrew Luck, Kristaps Porzinigis, Richard Sherman, Dez Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Skylar Diggins. That’s one impressive list of athletes. I wonder if they want to add me? Hey-Mt. Everest Base Camp is no small feat and Hike for Hope is all for charity!! BODYARMOR is now available in a 6-pack and you can SAVE A DOLLAR today by clicking HERE and following the instructions. If you are interested in learning more about the Hike for Hope campaign and why I’ve chosen to make this journey please visit

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Shasta Gabrielle Staten May 20, 2018 - 1:29 pm

Keep up the good work! I’m very proud of the progress you have made since this journey began a little over a year ago. Sign me up for Team Amelia!

Ryan Biddulph July 18, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Beyond awesome Amelia. I never knew it was freaking 38 miles out. That is one helluva journey. But being serious about training helps you combat altitude sickness because when you breathe air super freely at sea level, you tend to be less effected by thin air. Body sucks it up just find due to your increased lung capacity.



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