Have you ever found yourself completely winded after reaching the top of a ridge? If so, you might consider your plan for continuing to enjoy the sport longterm. When I reflect on my hunting career, my first priority has always been my physical health.
I find pleasure in seeing new places and getting off the beaten path which is the majority of the reason we all enjoy being in the outdoors. Being able to hike for longer and hike terrain inaccessible by 4-wheelers is game changing when it comes to hunting. Some might start training their physical fitness about two months before the hunting season. I would argue that to make the most of the season and be able to conquer more challenging terrain, hunters should be motivated to stay in shape year-round.
What type of hunter are you? Do you prefer to hunt alone, or do you prefer to hunt in a group? If you are a solo–hunter, most likely you will find it satisfying to find a fitness routine that you can do by yourself. If you are a group hunter and find it more helpful and enjoyable to tag along with a group of friends, that’s the type of fitness routine you might consider.
Having a consistent routine makes it easier to achieve your fitness goals and stick to them. You reach a fitness goal when you successfully perform a physical task which you couldn’t complete prior as a result of physical training. It is helpful to write down your goals and place them somewhere where you can see them every day. Your goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound. If you can’t think of a specific fitness goal, then make a goal of sticking to a routine. If you are going to a gym with a group of friends, tell them your goals and hold each other accountable.
In today’s world, physical fitness is becoming more popular in the sport of hunting. There are several resources I look to for tips, motivation, and ways to mix up my fitness routine throughout the year. Podcasts such as “Elk Shape,” and “Gritty Bowman” are my go-tos for talk on hunting and fitness. I also do best in a group setting and joined a gym that conducts group classes to hold me accountable. When I get bored with my routine, I change it up and throw my pack on, add some weight and hit the trails. My love for hunting and being able to hike and hunt hard without feeling like I might die before I get back to the pickup is a good motivator for me. I encourage you to set a goal and find the fire that keeps you going to get outside and enjoy what we all love most.
Back Squat 3 set of 10
In outs 10 Weighted Sit-up 10
Russian Twists 10
Dumbell Bench 3 sets of 10
3 Point Row 3 sets of 10
Inverted Row 3 sets of 10
Bicep Curl on tower 3 sets of 10
Tricep Pushdown on tower 3 sets of 10
YTLI 3 sets of 5
RDL with Bar 3 sets of 10
Plank 30 seconds/Side Plank 15 Seconds Each 3 sets
Shoulder Press 3 sets of 10
Assisted Pull Up 3 sets of 5
Assisted Tricep Dips 3sets of 5
Kettle Bell Swings 3 sets of 12
Goblet Squat 3 sets of 12
1 Minute 50% max effort sprint
1 Minute max effort sprint
Alternating for 30 minutes.
5 Minutes Running
5 Minutes Rowing machine
5 Minutes Elliptical
Repeat cycle 5 times.
*Increase by 5% weight each week.