Once again, Woods Walker puts theory into practice.
"Ok 30 pounds isn't a bunch of weight or is it? Just for fun load up a pack till it's actually 30 lbs on a scale then lift it. Yup, it's a bit heavier than the number sounds on the computer screen. Not too much more but a bit. 30 lbs is also within the range of my 3 season hiking or 72 hour BOB. I can hike with more but beyond exercise for me there isn't really a need. So training with the actual weight range one might be expected to carry does help. I do this at least 3 times a week. The other days I will pack less or more. Taking a day or two off sometimes is necessary if other responsibilities take precedent. Naturally to each their own."