Fact: Adding the right moves to your program will help you perform better in the field

Getting the same volume of workouts while trying to maintain work, kids, and the holidays is a chore which is why many of our clients, including our coaches, opt for in-season training during the peak of hunting season. This allows us to maintain our fitness while we are out in the field chasing whitetails, mallards, elk, or upland game birds. And for many of our non-hunting clients, accessory exercises are easy. Toss in some bicep curls, triceps extensions, and a few leg curls and call it a day, but for you, there is an art to the accessory.  Let’s break it down!

What is an accessory exercise?

Your program and all of the programs designed at Fit To Hunt should be made up of primary lifts. You may know them as “The Big Lifts.” Think squats, pressing variation, upper back work or deadlifts. These are also going to work larger muscle groups and oftentimes, involve multiple muscle groups at one time. Accessory exercises are smaller muscle groups and movement patterns that complement the work you do with your primary lifts.

How are you performing in the field?

If you read our September blog, you may have already put some thought around this but if this concept is new to you, pay attention the next time you are afield. Online coaching client Brent C. from Maine likes to chase grouse and partridge with friends and he made some important notes in the field. “I found that I could go all day based on my training. It was great. I was not out of breath and I barely broke a sweat.” However, in our weekly call, Brent noted that while chopping wood, he felt his core could be stronger. That is the kind of assessment we are asking you to do. Go have fun doing what you do, but pay attention to how you perform.

Where are the leaks?

This is the easy part. Brent was able to clearly identify a weakness in his performance that we were able to fix. Where are your energy or core leaks? If you can lift heavy things but are gassed hiking to and from the stand, it means more cardio or conditioning is in your future. If you lean to the side after carrying your pack for an extended period of time, what core or upper/mid-back move are you missing? Find the area that needs improvement and start thinking about the accessory move you need to include.

Pick a move

If you are feeling fatigue in your low back after a day in the field, bicep curls won’t help. So where do you go to find an accessory exercise? Our YouTube library has over 360 videos that can help you figure out a move that can help you build around your primary lifts and we invite you to subscribe! We are also happy to consult with you on a move. If you would like to discuss your program and what accessory moves might be right for you, please shoot us an email at info@stayfittohunt.com.

Our tagline is we can help you prepare for the hunt of a lifetime or just hunt for a lifetime. Tagging big bucks and bulls is great but we want you to enjoy every second in the field to its maximum potential. If we can be of service, please reach out. We’d love to connect with you!

Thanks for reading, good luck this month, and Stay #FitToHunt!