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Got a Hill to Climb?  You Better Be Ready Flatlander!!!


So you’ve got a mountain hunt planned but you live on a table top of topography.  The clock is ticking and you’ve got to be able to reach that high ridge in time to cut the approaching elk off.  What can you do to be ready?  While there are a million ways to train I wanted to share a couple cheap options that anyone can have access to.  If you live in a vertically challenged environment then take a look at these and consider adding them to your training regimen. Continue Reading…

Take Care of Yourself

April 5, 2017 — 1 Comment

Take Care of Those Minor Injuries Now So You’ll be Ready this Fall (photo courtesy of


Due to some recent events with my own physical wellbeing I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that we are indeed human.  If you’re in the right mindset to get yourself physically prepared for some hardcore hunts this fall then you’ve likely surrounded yourself with likeminded individuals to help push and motivate you.  Since you’re reading this then I’m thrilled that I am one of those people helping you along your journey.  You should be getting encouragement and inspiration to push harder and go farther.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this because nothing is given and as one of my favorite quotes from Cam Haines reads, “Nobody cares.  Work harder”.  There is much truth to this but you have to take some things into consideration when tearing down your body so it comes back even stronger. Continue Reading…

One Arm Jerk Press

December 8, 2016 — Leave a comment

Elk Quarters Don’t Miraculously Hang Themselves, You’ve Got to Be Strong Enough to Get Them There (Photo Courtesy of

In an effort to mix in some upper body training while continuing to improve my overall core strength I began working in the one arm jerk press.  The jerk is 2nd half of the clean and jerk where you lift a weight from the ground and “clean” it to you chest.  Then you “jerk” it into an overhead position.  While I believe the clean and jerk is a great exercise (that I may highlight in the future) I want to focus today on just the jerk, specifically with one arm.  Continue Reading…

Next Year is Now

November 27, 2016 — Leave a comment

Strength Training For Hunting Fitness is Year Round (Photo courtesy of

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. Continue Reading…



The Struggle is Real! (Photo Courtesy of

I had a reader reach out to me a month or so ago and perhaps ask one of the most important questions of his life.  He asked for advise on how to get in better shape for hunting season.  I say this not because he asked me specifically but that he had personally made the decision to not only be a better hunter but more importanty to become a more healthy person.  Continue Reading…


Come On! You Can Do It!! (Photo Courtesy of

So far I’ve told you why stretching is important and I’ve given you some ways to get limbered up prior to your workout.  Today I will give you some static stretches to do after your workout to really stretch those muscles and help you gain some range of motion.  As previously mentioned, it’s this range of motion (flexibility) that will help keep you going in the field.  Continue Reading…


Come on! How Could I Write an Article on Running In the Sand Without Including Rocky! (Photo Courtesy of

Running in the sand?  You’re thinking give me a break.  This is a hunting and fitness website not some beach resort hang out.  Hang with me though.  For a lot of us getting our strides is usually done on flat, hard surfaces.  If you’re lucky you get to mix in some trail runs to add a certain level of difficulty to managing the terrain with your feet and ankles.  Now think about a surface that is somewhat fluid and changes as you apply the force from your foot. Continue Reading…


There Is a Reason Why So Many High Performing Teams and Athletes Begin Their Workouts with Dynamic Stretching (Photo Courtesy of


In follow up to my post last week on the importance of stretching I wanted to give you few dynamic stretches to get you revved up for your workouts.  Just as a recap dynamic stretching involves movements to begin the warming up (literally an increase in body temperature) of muscles and moving them through their full range of motion.  Stretching dynamically will also more adequately prepare your body for exercise(s) by putting it through multiple movements that are similar to the lifts/action you are about to execute. Continue Reading…


OK, So You Don’t Need to be This Person, but You Should Stretch and be Mobile (Photo Courtesy of

Stretching in my opinion is one of the most underutilized and underestimated physical activities we do.  How many of you walk into the gym or get ready to hit the trail and maybe touch your toes before diving right into your workout?  Worse yet, how do you think low levels of flexibility can negatively impact a back country hunt?  Can anyone say unexpected injury miles from help in a rugged environment?

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Tell Me This Guys Isn’t Intense and Utilizing a Magnitude of Muscles to Accomplish a Single Task!  (Photo Courtesy of

I wanted to cover one more exercise regarding functional movements and the three planes of human movement.  The transverse plane which dissects the body through your waist and separates your head from your toes probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves relative to how much it’s used in the field.  Most movements that work in this plane have a twisting effort involved thus working your core muscles in a rotational fashion.  A great (actually two great equal and opposite) exercise to utilize are wood chops and reverse wood chops.  Both of these involve basically the same movement but in opposite directions.  Continue Reading…