Training + Trek


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Training + Coaching to Reach the Peak!

Have you been dreaming about climbing Kilimanjaro, but holding back because you’re not sure you’re fit enough to make it?

Do you love having a plan to follow and boxes to check off?

Does being part of a group help you stay motivated?

Does having an accountability partner push you to do more?

Trailblazer Wellness and Whoa Travel are combining forces to offer the Kili Training + Trek Combo!

It includes:


A customized Kilimanjaro training plan based on your current fitness level


4 months of one-on-one coaching with Personal Trainer and Adventure Coach Becki to support your progress (and you can start earlier if you want to!)


Bi-weekly group coaching and education sessions with others on your trip to build confidence and camaraderie

What you REALLY get: 


Extra accountability and motivation.


Less stress and more confidence because you have a personalized plan to follow.


Measurable progress so you’ll feel ready before you get on the plane.


A built-in support group of women who “get it”


New friends who’ll be with you from the pre-trip journey all the way up the mountain!

Photo credit: Ren Fuller

4-month Kili Training + Trek Package

    • Full assessment of your current activity level and the Whoa Kilimanjaro itinerary.
    • Customized 4-month plan to physically prepare for your trip including cardio/stamina building cadence and strength training exercises (start sooner if you want – additional cost).
    • Bi-weekly coaching sessions and adjustments to the plan.
    • Bi-weekly group sessions lead by experts on gear, nutrition, altitude preparation, Tanzania, open Q&A and more.
    • WhatsApp group for camaraderie, support and laughs!


$250 deposit to hold spot for Training, balance due March 1, 2024. Kilimanjaro Trek payment is separate and handled by Whoa!

Experience Details

March 11-July 14, 2024: Training + Trek Program

Week 1 – Introduction to the training plan and one-on-one meetings with Becki to customize the training plan based on your lifestyle, current activity level and preferences.

Week 2 – Group session* on Preparing for a Transformational Experience, including journaling guidance

Week 3 – One-on-one coaching session with Becki

Week 4 – Group session* on selecting footwear and gear with your WHOA GAL

Week 5 – One-on-one coaching session with Becki

Week 6 – Group session* with open Q&A and Experience Sharing

Week 7 – One-on-one coaching session with Becki

Week 8 – Group session* on Tanzania 

Week 9 – One-on-one coaching session with Becki

Week 10 – Group session* on nutrition with dietitian and long-distance hiker and endurance athlete Jacque Maldonado

Week 11 – One-on-one coaching session with Becki

Week 12 – Group session* with open Q&A and Experience Sharing

Week 13 – One-on-one coaching session with Becki

Week 14 – Group session on altitude and what to expect on hike day with WHOA Kili expert Nicole

Week 15 – One-on-one coaching session with Becki

Week 16 – Group session topic TBD based on group input

Week 17 – One-on-one coaching session with Becki

* Group sessions will be held via Zoom on Tuesdays at 6 Mountain time (8 Eastern, 7 Central, 5 Pacific) and will be recorded, order of group session topics is subject to change

July 14-24: Whoa  Kilimanjaro Trek! 


What’s Included

  • 4-month training plan for hiking Kilimanjaro with cardio/stamina building cadence and strength training exercises, developed by certified personal trainer Becki Rupp.
  • Bi-weekly one-on-one coaching sessions with certified coach (Becki!).
  • Bi-weekly group sessions with expert guest speakers on topics related to physical, mental and spiritual preparation.
  • WhatsApp group for camaraderie, support and laughs!
  • Journal and exercises for exploration.

Not included:

  • Personal items and gear.
  • Gym membership or workout equipment.

Please review the full Terms and Conditions.

Photo credit: Ren Fuller


Do I have to be in shape already to do this?

One of the great things about this experience is it’s designed to help you prepare physically and mentally for hiking Kilimanjaro over the course of 4 months (or longer, if you’d like to start earlier).

As long as you’re physically able to walk a few miles on flat ground to start, and don’t have any medical conditions that would prevent you from increasing your exercise amount and intensity over time, you should be able to do it.

The specific training plan will be personalized for your current fitness level and life situation to build up to the trip’s itinerary.

Why should I work with you to prepare for a trip? What will I get out of it?

When you work with me, you’ll get personalized attention, guidance and accountability to help you take the steps (physically and mentally) that are best for you to reach your goals.

My clients tell me it’s especially helpful to meet with me regularly to review their progress, learn what’s working (or not), and adjust what they’re doing to stay on track.

Here’s how one client puts it:

I appreciated the combination of accountability and challenge! I was absolutely prepared for the journey because of the work we did together. – Carly O., Arvada, CO


How do you do training virtually?

One of the “benefits” of COVID is how we adapted to all things virtual, right? I meet with most of my clients via video chat. They do the actual training independently, wherever they are and whenever works best for them. Here’s how it works:

    • During our sessions we’ll focus on how you’re doing with the plan, making adjustments, and troubleshooting anything that has come up.
    • I’ll provide videos of strength training exercises and workouts for you to follow. 
    • As needed, we can dedicate sessions (or a portion of a session) to reviewing form and mechanics of exercises.
    • You can always text me with questions or we can do a quick video chat if something comes up while you’re exercising.
Do I need to belong or go to a gym?

Nope – you should be able to do everything outside or in your home! You’ll get videos and instructions for how to exercise using items you already have (or will need to get for the hike anyway).

Do I need to buy any special equipment?

You’ll need to have hiking shoes or boots, a backpack that will hold the items on the packing list (which we will cover in one of our group sessions), and certain types of clothing.

I also recommend hiking/trekking poles, which we’ll also talk about in the session on gear.

What if I get sick or injured before the training program is complete?

We hope that doesn’t happen! If it does, I’ll work with you to figure out how to make up for the time you miss.

What will the group sessions be like?

Each group session will have a topic or theme. The topics will include intention setting and the pre-trip journey, nutrition for training, Tanzania and indigenous tribes’ culture, gear for climbing Kili, Q&A about the climb, and open Q&A (ask me anything).

Special guests will share their expertise and you’ll be able to ask them questions. You’ll also get to know the others in the group and create connections before the trip!

What happens during the one-on-one coaching sessions?

During your coaching sessions we’ll talk about how training is going, troubleshoot any physical and/or mental challenges you may be facing, brainstorm ways to stay motivated and on track, adjust your plan as needed, and answer any questions you have.

What’s the difference between training and coaching?

Training is the exercising you’ll be doing to get ready for the hike. You’ll get a customized training plan for each week, which will include building your stamina (cardio) and building your strength (key muscle group exercises). You’ll do the training on your own schedule.

Coaching is the one-on-one discussions you’ll be having with Becki about your progress, any challenges, adaptations to your training plan, and staying motivated. Coaching sessions will take place at a mutually convenient time via Zoom.

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