By Jeremy Koerber, ACSM Exercise Physiologist, CEO Fit To Hunt
For a lot of people I talk too, getting to the gym is not, nor has ever been a problem. I’ve been a personal trainer since 1998 and it is extremely common to run into the warrior who can lift, run, jump, stretch, bound and flex but they can’t lose weight or reduce body fat because their nutrition is horrible.
Once we are able to get the buy in necessary to commit to a nutrition change, the look on their face when they realize the results they get from a more balanced approach that includes the right amount of exercise and nutrition vs. trying to out train a poor diet is priceless.
As Wilderness Athletes, there is a certain amount of nutrition that we need to cover the bases of good health, a certain amount to promote muscle growth/fat loss/recovery, and what I like to call performance nutrition. For example the following products do very different things:
High Performance Multi -Vitamin: This should be the flagship product you consider. The goal of a multi-vitamin is to cover nutritional gaps in your diet. Wilderness Athlete’s High performance Multi-Vitamin contains a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals and it serves as the foundation for superior health, wellness and performance.
Meal Replacement & Recovery Shake: Probably our favorite product and quite possibly the most delicious shake we have ever sampled, this product can be used to replace a meal to lose weight or as a post workout recovery shake. Studies have shown that consuming 10-20 grams of protein and 20-30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of exercise can boost results significantly. Basically, give the body what it needs when it needs it and you’ll get a result. This product meets those requirements. It’s also a great strategy for those of us who skip breakfast because there just isn’t enough time.
Hydrate & Recover: Even mild dehydration will compromise both focus and performance. It’s hard enough to arrow a trophy animal; trying to do it when we are running on empty may be the difference between a freezer full of protein or a tag sandwich. The Hydrate and Recover products are awesome to use after a sweaty workout but we also take them into the field to stay on our “A” game from the start of our hunt to the finish.
And these are just a few of the many high quality products available from Wilderness Athlete. There is also fish oil, greens, energy drinks, metabolism boosters, pre-workout, pro-biotics and some of the coolest gear you will ever find. Wearing a logo t-shirt kind of makes us feel like Superman in the woods!
The other key element about this company isn’t just the fact their products are on the cutting edge of the nutritional supplement industry, but the fact they are building a movement of outdoorsman who can go longer and harder in the field. Their customers perform better and are healthier because they use Wilderness Athlete products and the company makes it easy to become a loyal fan of the entire line by making it easier for you to buy their products through discounts, promo codes and a phenomenal loyalty program.
Here is how it works in four easy steps:
1. Visit the Wilderness Athlete website HERE.
2. Pick the products you wish to try and create an account
3. Use promo code: fittohunt at checkout to get 10% off your order
4. You earn points with every supplement you purchase that you can use to get FREE product.
Points never expire and you don’t have to do anything. If you want to see your balance just log into your account. You get 5 points for every $10 you spend!
Want to get an even better deal? Consider the Wilderness Athlete Loyalty program! This is an automatic-shipment program that will send your favorite products on the delivery schedule that works best for you. You can opt for every 30, 45 or 60 days. The benefits of this program include:
1. FREE Shipping
2. Loyalty customers automatically receive any giveaway promotions that Wilderness Athlete runs such as hats, shaker bottles, decals and t-shirts
3. The convenience of never having to place an order or run out of product before that big hunt
4. No hassle cancellation process. Some are scared because with other companies it takes an act of Congress to cancel an auto-shipment. All Wilderness Athlete requires is a simple email request.
To become part of the loyalty program simply select the “Subscribe to free shipping” option and add the product to the shopping cart. The website will prompt you on what to do the rest of the way!
Wilderness Athlete is committed to improving the health and quality of life for the outdoor athlete by providing field tested, scientifically validated nutrition and sports performance formulations and they are the Authority on Outdoor Performance Nutrition. Founder Mark Paulson created a company to address the needs of people like you and I and the partnership between Wilderness Athlete and Fit To Hunt is a natural fit. We create the fitness programs and they provide the fuel to help you recover and push on!
If you have not checked out their website or are curious about the product line visit their site HERE...Stay Wild my friends!
By: Fit To Hunt Staff Member: Nick Lape
With archery season rapidly approaching here in Missouri, you can find most hunters at an archery range dialing in their bow for that chance encounter with a monster Whitetail. As a matter of fact you have probably been spending months working on muscle memory, consistency and even endurance while shooting your bow. It's like a pre-season workout schedule. You want to be at the peak of your performance when the season starts to make sure you are successful in the deer woods. But what happens after the season starts? It is extremely important that even though your attention has turned to hunting, not to forget your practice routine.
There is a phrase used a lot in the fitness world that translates perfectly that says, “If you don't use it you lose it.” From experience I think it's pretty safe to say that when hunting whitetails, you won't be shooting every day that you go out. Shooting your bow and getting to the gym to maintain your draw strength is a real game changer. Just like any other athlete, archery is strength based so continuing moderate strength training with a few heavy workouts are important for the strength of your shoulder to maintain proper shooting form.
As both a certified personal trainer and hunter I like to follow a simple rule: I keep my heavier lifting days towards the beginning of the week and taper to more moderate and even light intensity towards the weekend when I plan to hunt. When I'm in a tree stand the last thing that I want is for my body to be fatigued or overly sore. Not only can that hinder your accuracy, it can make getting into and out of a tree stand increasingly difficult. Using this tapered type of training, you will maintain your conditioning throughout the season. I suggest a strength routine that focuses on major muscle groups
with exercise selection that will mimic the movement patters you will use in the woods. This means a lot of pulling, pressing and squatting. Ideally, I would like you to get 15-20 total sets which should take you 35-40 minutes to complete. You will probably be getting most of your cardio hiking into and out of the woods but if you want to add in some extra work, 20 minutes of interval training will keep your aerobic conditioning on point and will help blast away body fat. Perform this routine two days per week.
What can you expect if you focus solely on hunting and skip out on practice and your
workouts? Take it from a guy who has done it before. You start to get that burning feeling in your shoulder a bit sooner and will have more difficulty holding you bow steady (especially at that downward angle in a tree stand). Drawing and holding your bow, even with 80% let off will be harder than usual. The focus then becomes the fatigue in your arm and not the pin on your sight. Finally, you snap shoot a shot just because you can't hold any longer and you either miss or put a bad shot on the buck you've been hunting all season. If that doesn't sound good to you, it is imperative to maintain at least two training days per week throughout the season. These will most likely be shorter versions of your pre-season workouts but that is okay. You trained to hunt and now season is here. We just want you to maintain the conditioning you worked so hard to achieve since January.
One last word of advice that I can give hunters is to shoot on days that you hunt. I'm not talking about taking 20-30 shots at a target; I'm talking about getting your arm warmed up. Take 5 shots on a 3D target focusing on arrow placement before you hit the field (it’s like batting practice or groundballs for a baseball player). It's always good to imagine each shot is the one and only shot to take down a stud whitetail. Long sits in the stand or blind can make a shoulder stiff. Get your workouts in, keep practicing and make sure that you are just as prepared In Season as you were in the Pre-Season.
What do you do during hunting season to stay sharp and Fit To Hunt?
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