Ready or not, hunting season is coming!

Cue up The Final Countdown (One of the best 80 hair band songs of all time: click here) because September is coming in hot and you are running out of time. If you have not made your physical fitness a priority over the last six months, there is still time to improve your conditioning and performance in the field. Watch that epic music video, follow the tips below and get laser focused these last four to six weeks because the clock is ticking.

Reality Check

In an ideal world, we would have six to seven months of training under your belt. Fitness is cumulative and while we want you to train hard, muscles, joints and connective tissue cannot do in four weeks what it takes seven months to obtain, but there is time to improve. How much? We cannot quantify that but if you get really focused now, you can boost your physical fitness from what it is today.

Basic Movement Patterns

There are a lot of programs out there so which one fits this kind of time table? Out of our menu of options at Fit To Hunt, I would recommend out Base Conditioning DIY Program. This six-week program focuses on basic movement patterns (pressing, pulling and leg dominant movements) and is coupled with conditioning intervals to boost performance. The goal of this program is to prepare you for more advanced workouts like Archery Power, Beast Mode or Back Country but if you are brand new to exercise and your hunt is rapidly approaching, the Base Conditioning routine will give you an edge in the field.

The Right Kind of Cardio

I like to run. For me it is a great way to get in miles in quickly but there is a low probability you will be running in the mountains searching for elk. You will be hiking with a heavy pack. The principle of specificity states if you want to get better at the activity you will be doing, do more of that activity. You will not be jogging or riding a stationary bike on the mountain so while those exercise modalities will boost your aerobic capacity, it will not translate well to hiking. With four to six weeks to go, strap on a pack with modest weight and start logging miles

The right kind of cardio over the next few weeks is critical

Peaking at the Right Time

The final tip is to make sure you are recovering and taper off the week before your hunt. The last thing I want you to do is to smash your legs in the gym the day before you hunt. That makes zero sense. When I ran half-marathons I would purposely taper my activity the week before so my body was rested and at peak performance on race day. My suggestion is to pull out a calendar and figure out how you can get four-six weeks of training with a week of tapering off. Do you have enough time to do this perfectly?  Depends on when your hunt is planned but as I tell my clients, a little bit of something is always better than a whole lot of nothing.

Our goal at #FitToHunt is to provide community, support and programming that is rooted in science to help you perform your best. As you prepare for your hunt please let us know how we can help you. Your results are our passion!

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