When one season closes another begins

As the sun dipped below the horizon of the flooded rice field we were hunting, the final chapter of the 2021-2022 waterfowl season closed. Archery season for whitetails wrapped up a few weeks back and now we move into a lull where there may not be a lot to do from an outdoor perspective. I suppose perception is reality but in our world, there is plenty to do and a lot of work to ensure you are either getting or staying #FitToHunt!

The Recovery Phase

I told a friend last week that I am not sure I have had a decent night’s sleep since September. Between chasing deer, waterfowl, training clients, working a full-time job, raising a family and getting my own workouts, it is possible I may have stretched myself a bit thin. If you are in that same boat, I want you to focus on:

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Switching from an in-season training plan to an off-season program

Remember the goal was to prepare you for your season, get you through your season and then pivot back to a foundational program that will allow you to ramp up for your next outdoor adventure. I encourage you to focus on nutrition and sleep but with a few weeks before shed season REALLY kicks in, this is the time to treat your body right so you can begin training for 2022.

Create synergy with your training

There are 101 different training concepts you can implement but I am a big fan of plans that not only create synergy but prepare you for the next hunt. In about two weeks, we will strap on the packs and start putting miles on our boots searching for sheds on the farms we hunt. Walking or rucking with a weighted pack is a fantastic way to build conditioning for turkey seasons which begin opening in March. One activity builds conditioning and aids performance for another.

Strength training a minimum of two to three days a week should also be a part of your plan. If you are not sure where to begin, check out our DIY programs by Clicking Here. We have beginner programs, programs for turkey hunting, getting back into shape, participating in fitness/archery competitions and more! Not sure which one is right for you?  Shoot us an email at info@stayfittohunt.com.

Map out the remainder of your year

We see a lot of SMASH programs, high volume workouts and guys and gals going 110% but we see very little periodization. This concept is really an intentional process where workout loads and intensities are structured to allow progression, reduce risk for injury and help you peak on opening day of your hunt. You can go 110% everyday but at some point, without periodization, you run the risk of breaking down.

Mapping out your training now and focusing on when you need to peak is critical to your success. It is also okay to have multiple hunts that you need to prepare for. This is the perfect illustration for using periodization. It may seem complicated but if you work with an experienced fitness professional, they can help you map out your year and train for your hunts correctly.

What next?

Depending on where you live you could be:

  • Chasing snow geese
  • Applying lime on food plots or frost seeding clover
  • Trapping furbearers
  • Hunting squirrels, rabbits and other small game
  • Cutting firewood
  • Taking down stands and taking inventory of who made it through deer season with game cameras
  • Catch a mess of crappie
  • Getting back to your off-season workouts

When one season ends, another begins. What are your goals for the next few weeks and how are you spending these first few weeks of February?