The coaches at Fit To Hunt believe opening day of hunting season should be a national holiday.

The excitement that leads up to organizing your gear for the first hunt can only be surpassed by the excitement of Christmas Eve, but even then it would be close. 

Even as coaches, we sometimes let our excitement get the best of us. Before we know it, an entire week of hunting season has gone by and we’ve only been to the gym once or gotten a quick jog or ride in to feel like we accomplished something. The only road block in these cases is… time.

Time tends to be the number one culprit in why people feel they can’t get to the gym. There are excuses like, “Well I only had 15 minutes, so it didn’t seem worth it.” As a response I go back to something Coach Jeremy preaches, and that’s consistency. Not every workout has to be pretty, not every workout has to be thought out from top to bottom. Just do something

Time

As I’ve said before, using time as an excuse because you only have a little of it is exactly that, an excuse, and a bad one at that. Exercising for 15 minutes today, and 15 minutes tomorrow is better than zero minutes over the course of 2 days.

An example from my personal life is riding my exercise bike for 15 minutes when I get out of bed. YES, even before I take a shower and go hunt! If you do something similar, since time is precious on hunting days, instead of thinking of increasing the amount of time you ride, switch to the setting that tells you how many calories you’ve burned and try to beat your score every time (If you burn 70 calories in 15 minutes one day, try to hit 75 the next). BOOM! You’ve just created an infinite number of workouts and all of them will take 15 minutes and can be done pre-shower or post nap time before you hit the woods for a morning and evening h

Strength Training

When most people think of strength training, they think of a well regimented, well thought out process from start to finish. If you are using a Fit to Hunt program, typically programs tend to be movement based and work the entire body and usually take anywhere from 45 minutes to a little over an hour. And there is that roadblock again…time. My advice? Cut it down.

If you are used to doing, for example, a circuit of 5 exercises for 10 reps, you’re doing 50 reps of each exercise with 20 rest periods built in. Those rest periods start to add up, getting ready to do the next exercise takes time and before you know it, an hour has gone by. If I was trying to get to the woods I wouldn’t want to do that either.

So, what if you took 3 exercises, used moderate weights instead of heavy ones, increased the reps to 20 and did it 3 times through. You’ve now done 10 reps more of each exercise, decreased the number of rest periods you have to worry about to 9, cutting the amount of time you worked in half while still getting your “pump.” The best part? You’ve set yourself up for your next workout already. If your first workout was Deadlift focused, then maybe the next day you have a squat Focus. Here’s an example of what it could look like:

Day 1 (Repeat x 3)

Deadlift x20 (This could be a barbell, KB, Trap Bar, etc.)

Push Exercise x 20

Pull Exercise x 20

Day 2 (Repeat x 3)

Squat x 20 (This could be a Goblet Squat, Front Squat, Back Squat, etc.)

Push Exercise x 20

Pull Exercise x 20


Designing your strength days to look like this will keep the volume at the same level, help maintain strength even though you don’t have real heavy weights in your hand and help you recover and not be sore when you go out for your next sit.

Cardio/Conditioning

Over the years I have come across many people that have a thought in their head that if they haven’t ridden their bike or run a certain amount of miles whenever they go out that the exercise was pointless. I’m here to tell you that’s a load of malarkey. To beat a dead horse, time is not necessarily always on our side during hunting seasons, so being able to devote 10, 15 or 20 minutes to yourself to challenge your body in one way or another is better than nothing.

Get off the couch and run around the block. Grab your Kettlebell and do 50 swings. Get on a bike and ride for time, miles or calories, whatever you feel will get you going. The time of day in which you find the time to do it may not be ideal for you, but do it.

The Takeaway

Your “In Season” programming doesn’t have to be pretty. There doesn’t have to be an hour carved out for a full on 60 minute training session. Be ok with 15 minutes of work, Be ok with a quick run rather than the 10 miler, and be ok with using lighter weights rather than overdoing it. Just like any other athlete, in-season training will and should look very different from pre and post season training. It should allow you to stay outside and do what you love longer. Think about that next time you start to feel sorry for yourself because you haven’t gotten the work in. Do you have 15 minutes today and tomorrow? Then get it done and stay #FitToHunt

If you need help creating an in-season training plan, need support or have a question, please email us at info@stayfittohunt.com. We would be happy to help you develop a routine that will allow you to stay #FitToHunt all season long!

Nick Lape, Lead Trainer at Fit to Hunt