Let me first say that you don’t have to be fit to hunt. There are a lot of people out there who hunt that could care less about their performance in the field and I guarantee you a large percentage of this population will harvest a deer, turkey or other game animal. Being Fit To Hunt isn’t a necessity but possessing a high level of fitness will do two things for you:
- You will have the stamina and drive to keep pressing in all types of terrain and conditions which will increase your odds of harvesting trophy animals
- You will increase the lifespan of your hunt
Show up for an elk hunt out of shape and you are hiking into an absolutely miserable experience. Fail to take care of yourself throughout the years and you might learn first-hand how a health condition such as a heart attack, diabetes or stroke could rob you of years of outdoor adventures.
Being a personal trainer for the last 18 years I have learned that what you do today will affect what you become 5, 10 and 20+ years down the road. I have also learned that the better condition you are in, the more likely you are to win; not just in the game of life but in pursing wild game.
Fit To Hunt client Michael Wardlaw of United County Trophy Properties knows this first hand after a grueling Wyoming elk hunt this past November. Wardlaw told me when he returned that “the hunt was far more demanding than I expected, but thanks to the training I was able to keep up with my guide and enjoy the hunt to to the fullest!” For many, an elk hunt might be a once in a lifetime event. You owe it to yourself to be prepared both mentally and physically.
Getting started can be the hardest and most overwhelming part of the process. This is why the personal trainers and fitness professionals at Fit To Hunt keep it simple and design workout and nutrition plans that fit your specific needs. Here is how to get started!
Where are you?
If you are brand new to exercise you will need to go through what we call a base conditioning program. This is where we focus on basic exercises that will aid you in everyday life, build a base layer of fitness and prepare the body for the type of training that will match the type of hunting you engage in. This is an 8-12 week process. If you are currently exercising you may still find yourself in a base conditioning program based upon the type of training you perform, injuries you have suffered or desire to participate
in more advanced types of exercise. Two programs that may work for you is our 6 or 12 week base conditioning e-workout or our online personal training/coaching program.
This program should begin in January to ensure you can be ready for phase two of your training in the spring.
What are you eating?
You cannot out train poor nutrition and while everyone will be “dieting” come January 2nd we are going to offer a better solution. If 2017 is your year to make a real change we recommend the Wilderness Athlete 28 Day Challenge. It is a muscle management system that helps you safely achieve your weight loss goals and improve your overall nutrition. It contains a wide variety of Wilderness Athlete products that make eating healthy and weight loss easier for busy people on the go! It is designed to help maximize fat loss while preserving lean muscle.
Each Challenge Kit contains:
- 28 Day Challenge Guide and Tracker
- 2 Tubs of Meal Replacement and Recovery Shake
- 1 Tub of Hydrate and Recover
- 1 Tub of Energy and Focus
- 1 Bottle of High Performance Multi-Vitamin
- 2 Bottles of Lean Life
- Complete Probiotic
- 1 Tub Green Infusion
Wilderness Athlete Founder Mark Paulsen gives a breakdown of the program below:
Wilderness Athlete 28 Day Challenge Kit (Special Pricing)
We recommend you begin the challenge in January or February of 2017. Improving nutrition is often the hardest part of lifestyle change and since most people gain weight during the holidays, now is the time to reverse the poor eating habits picked up between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
What game will you pursue?
Once you have completed your base conditioning program and have kickstarted your weight loss via the Wilderness Athlete 28 Day Challenge it is time to alter your training program to include training modalities that will mimic the challenges you will face for the type of game animal you pursue.
For example, the training program for a whitetail deer hunter in the Midwest will be vastly different than a back country mule deer hunt. Both are hunting deer but the physical challenges presented by the different species will require different training techniques to be successful.
Fit To Hunt offers several 6 and 12 week e-workouts for as little as $19.99 that will provide you with hunt specific training programs, videos and consultations with a degreed and certified personal trainer. If you want a more personalized approach, the online personal training/coaching program is perfect!
Once you know the types of game animals you hunt and the dates of your hunt, we can get to work implementing your hunt specific program.
How fit do you need to be?
It comes down to several different mindsets. For example:
- What are the physical challenges of the hunt (duck hunting vs. dall sheep hunt)
- Will a base level of fitness afford me the ability to perform in the field or do I need advanced levels of fitness?
- Are you working back from an injury or illness and simply looking for the ability to climb a tree stand and hunt?
- Do you want to extend your ability to hunt into your later years or avoid health-related conditions that can rob you of years of enjoyment in the field?
- Do you consider yourself a Wilderness Athlete and want the top level of conditioning you can achieve?
Mind you, there isn’t a right or wrong answer. Being Fit To Hunt is a personal goal and it will be wildly different for every outdoor athlete we work with but make no mistake; you are an athlete and the clock for the 2017 hunting season has already begun ticking about five minutes ago.
Is this the year you take charge?
If the answer is yes we want to work with you!
Click the link and visit our sit to get started:
I'M READY TO BE FIT TO HUNT!