As a western big game hunter I wanted to write a little bit about what fitness means to me related to hunting. Fitness is important, however being able to bench press 400lbs does not do me much good if I cannot hike 5-10 miles a day.
As you all know I am a Pro-Staff member to the TV show Beyond Rubicon. Being “pro-Staff” brings with it some benefits as well as expectations to perform. In order to perform in the field and be successful as a hunter, physical fitness plays a large role. My typical day hunting elk usually entails me hiking an average of 5-10 miles a day in the mountains with a 30-45lb pack. If I am lucky and I harvest an elk, that pack weight jumps up quickly in weight. Hopefully at max I’m looking at a 3-5 mile hike out one way with meat. Typically I am looking at doing this pack out at-least one more time to get all the meat out if I am lucky and have a partner with me to help.
Looking at what an elk hunt looks like for me helps me understand what I need to train for. I need endurance over long distances day in and day out carrying a load. I do not need to be able to bench press 400lbs! Lifting weights is not a bad thing at all, I am not knocking it. I do work on strengthening my core lifting weights while working on endurance too. I like to focus on exercises like dead lifts, squats and other exercises that engage a majority of the muscles in my body. I aim for higher repetitions versus throwing up heavy weights.
Working out is only part of the equation to becoming “fit.” Nutrition is absolutely key in helping my body perform at optimum level and ensure my muscles are getting everything they need. I am working with Redy Nutrients under the Beyond Rubicon team to help me with supplementing my nutrition. Supplements are just that, supplements, and help me ensure I am getting exactly what I need at the right time without consuming extra calories. Supplements can help ensure your body is energized for a workout, providing BCAA’s (branch chain amino acids), to providing proteins that are easily digestible and used by your body right after a workout. Not only can these supplements be used in the gym, but they can be used in the field while hunting!
Fitness is important for hunters, and extremely important to me. We will be posting more on fitness on the Beyond Rubicon Facebook page on our journey in preparation for a Train To Hunt event in Colorado we will be competing in. Please go check out Redy Nutrients for what we believe are top of the line products in nutrition; or otherwise we would not have teamed up with them. Train hard this off-season and we hope to see your successes in fitness lead to successes in the field.