A few years ago a good friend from college asked for help to get in shape. He was applying for a federal law enforcement position that required he pass a physical assessment. The performance standards he had to meet included completing the following for time or reps:
1. Run 1 ½ miles
As we discussed the development of his program I asked him how many pull-ups he needed to complete. He said “10.” I asked him how many he could do. He replied “1.” Since college he had put on 30 pounds. It was at that point that I explained that while we would make him faster and stronger, it would be much easier to rip off 10 pull-ups if he were 30 pounds lighter. Weight loss became the focus of his training and he easily surpassed the normal standards on all of his physical testing standards.
Many of you are already thinking about your Fall hunts and some of those outdoor adventures will require a tremendous amount of physical exertion on your part. Mule deer and elk hunting require a lot of walking with heavy gear in hilly, mountainous terrain. In fact, I had a conversation with a gentleman this afternoon who was expressing great concern over his elk hunt in Wyoming later this year. Yes, you need to improve muscular strength, muscular endurance and aerobic conditioning but if you are
carrying more lbs. than you would like, now is the time to considering a plan that will help you drop some weight before your hunt. Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Consult a professional: You are using a guide for your hunt to increase your odds of success right? Find a certified personal trainer, preferably one who understands they type of hunt you are preparing for, and hire them to design a program for you. Most people think they can do it on their own and end up missing the mark. Not being physically ready for your trip can ruin the hunt of a lifetime.
2. Kick start the pounds: If you are serious about weight loss, using an initial detox to get the weight loss jump started will help you move the scale in the right direction. Here is a 3 day program that is super easy to follow.
Breakfast: Wilderness Athlete Meal Replacement Shake
Mid-Morning Snack: Apple and Greek Yogurt
Lunch: Wilderness Athlete Meal Replacement Shake
Afternoon Snack: Banana and 1 oz Almonds
Dinner: Salad, Grilled Chicken, Asparagus
Evening Snack: Cheese stick (if hungry)
After three days continue on with the shake for breakfast but replace your lunch shake with a salad, turkey sandwich on whole wheat and a piece of fruit.
3. Ditch the sugar: It may seem difficult, but voiding foods that are high in simple sugar (cookies, candy, cake, soda) and processed foods will jump start your weight loss. Yes, fruit has sugar in it but it is natural sugar and fruit is loaded with fiber and nutrients. Candy bars aren’t.
4. Hydrate: Start drinking water. A lot of it. You need half of your body weight (in ounces) each day. It is one of the simplest things you can do to drop pounds and ward off hunger.
5. Stick with what works: After you experience success, focus on the behaviors and habits that work and stick to them. Most of our clients try to overcomplicate things. Keep it simple. Simple programs that combine the right elements are far better than complicated ones that confuse you or are hard to complete. We don’t tend to stick with things that are complicated and confusing.
We suggest you begin your kick start as soon as possible. This will give you almost three months to focus on lightening your pack and preparing for your hunt. Even a ten pound drop will be noticeable as you hike, climb and crawl up and down steep hill sides in search of your trophy bull or buck.
Fit To Hunt can design programs, train clients and design nutrition plans online anywhere in the world. If you are ready to kick start your fitness for the Fall hunts e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.