Hopefully you all have had a successful hunting season this fall. I have been blessed and if you follow me on social media then you know I was lucky enough to have to purchase a new freezer to support my wild game habit. Perhaps you’re even still at it hoping to capitalize on some late season tendencies. I have a few tags left in my pocket and a few friends who have stated they would be interested in a deer if I had another opportunity so we’ll see what happens. However, this is not necessarily why I’m writing. I am writing to let you know that next season begins now for those of you who have already filled your tags or gave it your best attempting to do so.
Specifically, I’m referring to your physical preparation starting now. If you managed to maintain your fitness level or maybe even make a few gains focusing primarily on a few core lifts as the hunting seasons progressed then congratulations. Core lifts in my current playbook include the deadlift, power clean, squats, and one arm jerk press. Core lifts in my opinion are what we should do at a minimum from a strength training standpoint. They essentially utilize your entire body to achieve the desired action and are very effective at improving your strength and performance at all levels.
If you were very busy chasing animals then your fitness probably naturally stayed on track but now is not the time to get lazy and bask in your success. A good way to start easing back into a training regimen is with the afore mentioned lifts. Please don’t be mistaken when I say “easing back into”. There is nothing fun or easy about deadlifts, power cleans, squats, or jerk presses but they will make you stronger and burn off some serious calories due to the nature of how many muscles are used during the lifts.
Personally, I plan to expand my strength training within the next month or so to include some new lifts as to keep my workouts fresh and my body guessing. If you have stayed dedicated through the hunting seasons perhaps now would be a great time to mix it up. Another reason to reinvigorate your program is with the temptations to eat poorly or in excess between Thanksgiving and the New Year. One lift that I have been really wanting to add is the Turkish Get Up. If it’s as good as they say it is I will be posting more details in the future so you can add it to your plan. I will also be mixing in lateral lunges as I know I don’t get enough side to side movement in my workouts. Some other things I will continue to do periodically are clean and jerks as well as snatches.
Lastly, the team at Wilderness Athlete recently launched and Elite line of products that I will be giving you guys the run down on. They have improved their meal placement shakes that I use religiously and they added a pre-workout that I’m excited to give a shot. Don’t forget to use code “STAFFORD” for a discount on your order.
Now is the time to prepare for next season so don’t delay. Don’t let the fact that you have 9-10 months before your next hunt deter you from maintaining and improving your overall health and fitness. Just as most of us having hunting on the brain year round, we need to keep our physical abilities on the forefront as we prepare for our next adventure.