Paperclip Hills

9 Sep

Struggling to get your hill workouts in? Or want to amp up your hill workouts?

Try a Paperclip Hill. Or try five.

Our boot camp instructor introduced us to this workout, which feels like it’s half the work, but you’re getting in a quality workout.

With our boot camp instructor in Las Vegas for the Half Ironman World Championships in Las Vegas (Good luck, Kris!), four of us met up this morning at 6 a.m. to run together.

We headed to our town’s most popular running hill (Harvey Street, for you Perthites), and decided to complete five paperclip hills. Doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? But wait until you try it!

Here’s how Paperclip Hills work:


1. Start at the halfway point of a hill.

2. Run up the hill hard, then run to the bottom of the hill.

3. Run up the entire hill – yes, still hard.

4. When you’re at the top, turn to go back down to the hill, running back to your halfway-up-the-hill starting point. This half-hill descent is your recovery.

5. Start again at the halfway point of a hill.

That is one paperclip.

We pushed it this morning, and after completing five hills this morning, we were toast.

Paperclip Hills are a really good way to mix up a boring hill run and it makes your brain work during the workout, too.

And now I can eat all the Perth Fair Fudge today. Right? I’m sure that’s how it works.

Have a great weekend!

3 Responses to “Paperclip Hills”

  1. Amy September 9, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I puked it my mouth just reading about this! 🙂

  2. Madeline September 9, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Love paperclips. Have to find a hill here in my new neighbourhood so I can continue using these as part of my workout. Try it Amy!! They are great.

  3. Leanne September 9, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Cathy -you were the leader of the pack so kudos to you for pushing yourself on your own. For me, I was using you and the others to keep me persevering to the end. Good job.

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