Pulling exercises are incredibly IMPORTANT! Sorry for yelling but for many, it appears all we do is sit, slouch then sit some more in our everyday lives. Don’t believe me? If you are at work right now, walk around the office and check out your co-worker’s posture. You will see first-hand the result of weak back muscles and bad posture such as rounded shoulders, heads jutting forward and the beginning of a curved spine. I also bet you are taking this posture with you into the woods which only compounds the problem because you are most likely loaded down with gear. You compensate for weak back muscles on the way to your spot then proceed to use poor posture during your hunt. The
good news is there are exercises that can correct posture and enhance your hunting experience and we are going to show you how to add it to your workout!!
How can pulling exercises fix your posture? Think of it like this, if you slouch in your stand and your back starts to ache your first instinct is to sit up and PULL your shoulders blades together to alleviate the discomfort. And the pulling motion doesn’t start there because depending on what and how you are hunting, you have the potential to pull things the entire hunt. You have to pull yourself into your tree stand, pull up your gear and if Good Lord willing a dandy buck walks by, you will use all the pulling muscles you have when you draw back your bow. Do you see where I'm going with this?
For so long, especially in my athletic career, emphasis was based on bench press and squat. We call them “Mirror Muscles” because these are the exercises you can see in the mirror and people dig it. They like seeing muscles in action but they tend to neglect the pulling muscles in the upper and lower back. What they should have told me was to do chin-ups and rows which is why now I'm placing emphasis on pulling exercises which not only enhances my fitness, it has enhanced my outdoor experiences because I perform better in the field. If you are working out to make your hunts better start focusing on the pull, because I promise you will never push a deer out of the woods.
When you start thinking about what it is you are going to undertake in both life and the field, you have begun to think about the way your body needs to move. Not only will these pull exercises help with your hunts, but they will begin to help with posture so that you can slouch a little less and stand a little taller. Strengthen yourself and you will strengthen your hunt.
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!