Search “fitness” on the Internet or social media and the chances are good you will see incredibly fit, cut and athletic men and women slamming battle ropes, performing burpees, deadlifting heavy weights and generally scaring the hell out of normal folks. Pics like this sell clothing, fitness products and supplements but for “normal” people, it can actually be a detriment. What about those men and women who want to improve their fitness but are a long, long way from the aforementioned individuals who grace magazine covers and Instagram pages? Where do they begin?
One definition of fitness is described as “the state of physiological wellbeing that is achieved through a combination of a good diet, regular exercise and other practices that promote good health.” Nowhere in that statement does it say you have to have ripped abs or be able to bench press 300 pounds but most often, that is where our minds wander because that is what media says is the definition of being physically fit.
At Fit To Hunt, our personal trainers are very clear in that our mission isn’t to make your butt look good in your camo. It is to help you perform better in the field. If your goal is to look good in your camo, we aren’t opposed to helping you get there, but performance is the number one goal. If you find value in the activity and it helps you do what you love to do a little better, we believe you will stick with it. From our perspective, fitness is relative. There are high levels, low levels and places in between, so how do you know if you are really Fit To Hunt? We are really glad you asked.
Fitness is broken down into 5 categories:
1. Aerobic fitness
2. Body composition (how much body fat you have vs. muscle)
3. Muscular strength & endurance
4. Flexibility (range of motion)
5. Balance (not a defined category but we think it is important)
When we begin with a client, the general idea is to progress them from wherever they are at the moment they contact us to something better. Kind of a “duh” statement right but think about it for a second:
1. What kind of shape are you in?
2. What kind of hunting do you engage in (Midwest whitetail or backcountry elk)?
3. How old are you?
4. Do you have any medical conditions?
5. How long do you have to train before your hunt?
The list can go on for a while but our point is where you are right now at this very moment could be very different than the person next to you in the gym. In fact, we have clients who have been able to swing kettlebells from day 1 and others who started with three exercises.
Some of you reading this are preparing for a back country elk hunt of a lifetime while some are reading this with the hope they can simply develop enough strength and endurance to climb a tree stand. Yes, fitness is relative and the struggle is real.
To be Fit To Hunt you need to be willing to combine various aspects of physical exercise, nutrition, appropriate supplementation and sleep to move your fitness level north of where it is today. What does that look like for you specifically? We don’t know because you are unique and we haven’t worked with you yet. Your program has yet to be written and you results yet to be defined.
Fitness is relative but being Fit To Hunt?
That is a mindset, my friends, and we would love to help you get there!
What type of fitness activities do you perform? Comment below and tell us how you plan to get and stay Fit To Hunt!
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!