As a teen I was addicted to magazines like Muscle & Fitness. The muscular, hulking figures on the pages represented to me the epitome of health & fitness. Little did I know that looks can be deceiving. Bodybuilders look great on stage, but they often lack the stamina, functional fitness and athleticism possessed by athletes and make no mistake; you are an athlete.
As I grew in my training, I also watched my father, great uncle and grandfather, men who never worked out a day in their life, perform incredible feats of strength and endurance. They spent their entire lives working on a dairy farm and the conditioning they built from their daily work created a physique that was lean and strong. They also had the muscular endurance to work sun-up to sundown.
If you are training for a back country experience, are you more focused on your legs, core and upper back or do you continue to make chest day the first workout of the week. If you are, it is possible you are making a mistake with your training.
There are a ton of great programs out there and if the only workout you will do mirrors that of Mr. Olympia, then you are better off than doing nothing at all. However, there are better programs out there that will give you the functional fitness to recreate or work on your terms and look pretty good in a t-shirt to boot. You do not have to trade out performance, aesthetics or health; you can have all three with the right program.
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Whether killing turkeys or CRUSHING fitness goals, persistence is the key to success!
I would not describe myself as a great turkey hunter. I am awful with a mouth call often creating the sound of a drowning chicken but year after year, I tag a bird. I personally believe many people overthink the process it takes to kill turkeys consistently. Yes, you need to be able to call but I feel understanding turkey biology and being okay with the fact that turkeys do what turkeys want to do on any given day takes the pressure off. Why is it when I make beautiful cuts and yelps on my box call, they go the other way on Tuesday but come running to the business end of my shotgun on Wednesday? Because they are turkeys. If you want to kill one, be in the woods, a lot.
Naturally, there are other strategies that will boost your chances of filling tags, but it is uncanny the similarities between tagging turkeys and accomplishing your fitness goals. Spoiler Alert: It takes persistence to do both.
I always take the first full week of turkey season off for three reasons:
1. There are always more turkeys to kill on opening day
2. It allows me to learn their patterns and make up for a mistake or two
3. I have seven full days to convince a bird I am what he is looking for
I usually tag in one to three days. I was off my game this year and it took me five, but the key was never giving up even when I messed up or the results were not what I envisioned. When it comes to your goals (weight loss, fat loss, building muscle, back country hunt, performance, etc.), there are many comparisons to turkey hunting.
Many times, we put in the work, but we do not get the results we envisioned or expected. It can be frustrating and discouraging. Sometimes, you feel like quitting. I had that same feeling in the woods last week at least a half dozen times…but I persevered and kept hunting.
Why isn’t your body responding? I am not sure that is a simple answer or fix. Same as why a turkey walks the opposite way one day but comes sprinting into your decoy set the very next day…or sometimes on the same day.
The simple truth is, if you are consistent with any fitness or nutrition strategy, you will ultimately get a result. There are thousands of plans, coaches and systems that will work…if you stay true and work the plan. Just like working a stubborn long beard.
Do not give up. You are closer to achieving your goals than you think.
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Every show has a recurring philosophy when it comes to survival: stay busy.
If you watch enough episodes, you will see him scavenging for food he can either hunt or gather. He may whittle sticks, looks for ways to improve his shelter or tidy up his camp. Stroud, a musician, almost always has his harmonica and plays it in almost every episode, but why? There are three reasons:
1. Staying busy builds morale
2. Staying busy keeps your mind occupied
3. Staying busy may ultimately improve your situation and boost your chances of surviving longer
Right now, we are all in survival mode. No, you cannot go to the gym, so instead of getting down about it, create an in-home exercise program or workout.
If you are working from home, what are you learning about technology or communication that will make you even more valuable when you return to the office?
If out of work, are you REALLY looking for opportunities or are you wallowing?
If you are stuck in the house with family or homeschooling are you soaking in every second with your kids and embracing this time together or are you complaining about it?
Since we are not supposed to be out and about, are you learning to plan grocery trips or runs for needed items in advance? If you are, congratulations. You are developing skills sets.
Not a good cook? Use this time to try some new recipes.
Read a book that will help you develop personally, professionally…. or both.
In Survivorman, Stroud often goes into situations with just a multi-tool, fire starter and the clothes on his back. We have a lot more resources than that at our disposal.
He will also reference positivity and hope. Those two things may get you farther than anything else during this time frame.
I am not sure where you are right now mentally or physically but rest assured, we are all in survival mode. How we come out of this will depend on what we do during this time when our lives are turned upside down because just like being thrust into a real outdoor survival situation, no one saw this coming.
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Pain is a relative term.
We often use the phrase “No pain, no gain” to describe
the mindset we need to get in shape or accomplish a goal.
After a long winter where it may have been more attractive to sit indoors under a blanket or by the fire, longer days and warmer temperatures are luring you to get outside.
Here are some tips you can use to build conditioning for your spring/summer pursuits while limiting pain and soreness that often accompanies exercise or outdoor activities.
That first warm day:
We have all fell victim to the first warm day where it feels so good to be outside, we overdue activity. This could be doing work on your farm, in your yard or going for a run or hike. It feels great while you are doing it; then the next morning, sore muscles and achy joints make it tough to get out of bed. The solution is to be mindful of how much activity you indulge in on day one. Ease into yard work. Limit mileage to a volume or pace that is reasonable. You have all spring/summer so enjoy the day like a greasy cheeseburger: in moderation.
Do not anger your hip (or other joint):
Be mindful of achy joints. Many people suffer from bursitis, arthritis or other joint issue. Regardless of whether you run marathons or not, adopt the approach of a runner. The goal isn’t to train as hard as you can day one. It is to get to race day without injury. You have a long summer of fun, outdoor activities ahead so go slow with any exercise routine. If it hurts, don’t do it and ask your fitness coach or personal trainer for another exercise that is kinder to your joints.
Whether walking, hiking or running, be mindful of your mileage and how fast you are adding volume or time. The cardiovascular system improves faster than muscle and connective tissue which is why you often experience knee, hip or low back issues after beginning an exercise program. Warmer temps will tempt you to get out and go for broke. Pick a distance or time that is manageable for you. After you have performed three workouts with no ill effect, add 10% to your efforts. For example, if you walked 30 minutes, add three minutes to your routine. If you walked two miles, add .20 miles to your course. Slow and steady wins the race and may keep you from developing an overuse injury.
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What do you do to get back in shape after a long winter layoff?
It is always possible to sit down against a big oak opening morning and have a long beard stroll in front of the business end of your shotgun at fly down. It has happened to me, but it is rare. Most of the time, it is a game of endurance combined with a flashes of fast action and pure adrenaline. You don’t have to be physically fit to kill turkeys, but it helps.
Here are five reasons you should start training for turkey season today!
Time is on your side
Being the first week in February, you have roughly six to ten weeks to improve your fitness before opening day, depending on what state you live in. We aren’t asking you to train for a marathon, but if you start a program now, you will be physically better than you are today.
Stronger core = more opportunity
Whether belly crawling to get in range or simply holding a shotgun steady on a hung-up gobbler, a stronger core will result in more opportunities to harvest turkeys. If you suffer from low back pain, a stronger core will also help you stay in the field longer. The more time afield, the greater your chances of tagging.
Getting winded means fewer opportunities
The ability to walk long stretches or climb a ridge to cut off a gobbler without getting winded will not only make for a better experience, it will help you kill more turkeys. Having to stop and catch your breath when birds are on the move puts you at a disadvantage.
Sitting for long periods of time can cause anyone to get stiff and achy. Working on flexibility and range of motion exercises can help you remain loose and pliable in the field. At some point, we all get stiff but those who actively work on their flexibility last longer than those who do not.
Drop a turkey
We aren’t suggesting you drop a turkey, but if you lose 15-20 pounds before opening day, you will see an incredible difference in how you feel and perform in the field. Again, time is on your side. 1 ½ pounds a week would net you 15 pounds in ten weeks, so start today.
Hunting turkeys is not as arduous as killing elk but there are physical components that impact your success.
If you need help piecing together a program, the experienced coaches at #FitToHunt are here to help you prepare for your upcoming adventure.
What do you do to get physically ready for turkey season?
The barrage of New Man/New Woman plans are already blowing up
your news feed and cluttering your inbox!
If 22 years as a personal trainer and coach has taught me one thing,
this is the time of year to make hay in the fitness industry.
Everyone is back to start all things new including their health, fitness and weight loss efforts, but I am here to tell you there is no reason to start anything new.
You simply need to pick up where you left off
and focus on improving your processes.
Here are 3 tips that will help you take massive action toward your 2020 goals!
BIG AUDACIOUS ACTION is flashy, but it rarely lasts. What does last are teeny, tiny actions so small they could not be captured in your Instagram feed.
Once you master that action, add another.
Tiny action steps snowball quickly into massive results.
Even better if:
What about your plan did not work in 2019? What worked well? Can you look at what you were doing from a 50,000-foot view and identify areas that you can improve? You weren’t necessarily doing anything wrong but is there a way to achieve goals faster if you tried to do things a little bit differently?
A small tweak to your program may very well hold the key to better results.
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Some retailers like Menards only bring in stands around deer season or have extremely limited inventory. If you are wanting to pick up some new sets, start hitting the stores late December or early January. You may even be able to negotiate. I have a client who has become a master at negotiating price for stands used as displays. The store manager does not want to disassemble the stands and on top of a discounted price, they are already put together!
If you have holes in your outdoor wardrobe, real or metaphorical, start looking at the clearance racks. You may run into odd sizing but every now and then, you strike gold! Storing inventory costs money and no retailer wants to lose money. A few years back I was able to get an outstanding duck hunting jacket for well over 60% off! I still use it today.
If you have all you need please save your money. We do not want you spending hard earned cash for gear you do not need, but if you could use another stands or a camo jacket, take the gift cards you get for Christmas and hot foot it down to your favorite retailer. You might come back with all you need for the 2020 deer season!
What is the best deal you have ever found in the off-season? Let us know in the comments!
By Erin Wade
Now that hunting season is over it is time to set traps and hunt predators. Coyotes, raccoons, opossums and even skunks can significantly impact your deer and turkey populations.
Always check your local trapping and small games guidelines for season dates.
Improve your land:
There are multiple ways to make your property better, but after season is the best time to survey your land and decide where work is needed. Start by working with a professional forester who can evaluate your timber and make suggestions for trees to cull and trees to keep! By cutting out selected trees you are opening the canopy which allows sunlight to reach the ground creating more suitable habitat for your property.
You can also hinge cut trees to create bedding areas. Hinged cut trees, if done correctly, are still alive and will produce green vegetative growth producing safety and forage.
Most people will plant a springtime food plot and then forget about it. This is a good time to map out and clear out future plots. If you already have existing food plots in place, frost seeding can help you maintain your stand of clover. Frost seeding doesn’t require as much work. Broadcast the seed over the existing food plot. When springtime comes, the thaw will pull your seeds into the dirt. Between January and March is generally the best time to broadcast the seed. This will only be effective on existing food plots. If you wish to do this on a new plot, kill all vegetation the fall before you frost seed.
Trail Cam Surveys:
We run our trail cameras all year round. This is especially important to determine when bucks start shedding their antlers. It also helps us know which deer have survived hunting season and mother nature. Once we see the antlers starting to drop, we start shed hunting.
If you plan on upgrading stands, building box blinds or hanging other sets, now will give you the best view of your proposed set up.
Trails this time of year are very well worn, letting you know exactly how the deer are traveling.
Now is the time to plan, prepare to produce for next year. What activities will you do to prepare your land for next season?
Erin Wade is a Sargent in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Knox. In her free time, she is either in the gym or in the field spending hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors with her family.
To Erin, hunting, fishing and conservation isn’t a hobby; it is a passion. She loves getting her hands dirty and working the land.
Here are some tips that will help you jump start your 2020 resolutions to get #FitToHunt:
Define your goal:
Most people want to lose weight or improve their fitness. The problem is they leave the objective open ended. To say “I want to lose weight” is a wish. If you state “I will lose 10 pounds by March 30, 2020,” you have created a definable goal. You can further define your action plan by listing weekly goals.
Another common flaw in the New Year’s Resolution effort is trying to change everything at once. Studies have shown if you opt for one change in your life, you will be 66% likely to make it stick. Add two changes and your success rate plummets to 33%. Instead of going on a diet that will change everything about how you eat, pick one strategy such as eating 15 grams of protein for breakfast every day. Once you make that part of your everyday routine, add another tactic such as a piece of fruit mid-morning.
Be realistic with your time:
Gyms make their money in January because everyone joins with the greatest intent to exercise 60 minutes a day; 5-6 days a week. To avoid burning out in the first few weeks, start with an exercise duration that you can easily accomplish with little to no effort. Build gradually vs. participating in workouts that smash you in the teeth and leave you sore for days.
Enjoy your activity:
Join a gym every year only to quit within a month? You may be performing the wrong type of exercise.
Just because your gym has treadmills doesn’t mean you should be using them.
What activities do you enjoy?
If you find a form of exercise that makes you want to come back and do it again, do more of that type of exercise within reason.
It is easier to accomplish your goals with a team of supportive, like-minded individuals who are keeping you laser focused.
It is the #1 reason we created Fit To Hunt!
Make sure to surround yourself with people who have your best interests at heart.
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Breakfast is more important than you may realize. Hit your morning meal out of the park and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. It also gives you the nutrition to hunt, train and excel at work. There are tons of healthy options to get your day started the right way, but for many of us, if it is not convenient, we will not do it. This month, we focus on two options that not only provide a nutritional punch, they are also convenient.
Wilderness Athlete Meal Replacement Shake
Wilderness Athlete Meal Replacement is one of our favorites. We dare you to find a better tasting meal replacement shake and with 18 grams of protein, 24 grams of carbohydrates and 9 grams of fiber, this shake packs a nutritional punch! It provides the ideal level of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) to fuel the body and quash hunger for an extended time period. Due to the high fiber content, it might not be the choice before heading to the tree stand…for obvious reasons, but if you are wanting to lose fat and build muscle, adding WA Meal Replacement is an excellent choice!
Start Right Foods Protein Waffles
A St. Louis company, Start Right has us all asking the same question: Who doesn’t like waffles? Available in original, blueberry and maple flavor, a single serving yields approximately 210 calories, 15 grams of protein and 22 carbohydrates. They are also gluten free. I have had the privilege to befriend owners Clint and Kyle and they are both fantastic people (Clint is a big-time deer hunter). They also happen to market a tasty and nutritionally ense product. It is easy to support them!
Start Right is a product I have began to use before my hunts.
I like a hot breakfast, but I am not getting up any earlier to prepare it. As the coffee brews, I can toss my protein waffles into the toaster and in seconds, I am fueled and ready to get after those whitetails.
The number one way for breakfast to work is to eat it.
When you are pressed for time throughout the week or scrambling to get to the deer stand before dawn,
here are two options that will keep you fueled and provide convenience.
What are some other breakfast options you like that are both healthy and convenient?
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