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Next Year, Be Your Own Pack Animal (photo courtesy of

With hunting seasons freshly behind some of you and several months already under your belt for those who still have some time left, where did your fitness fall short?  On the flip side of that, what went very well for you?  I ask these questions because there is no better time than immediately following an event (or season) to evaluate your performance. Continue Reading…



Just Because You’re Hunting Grounds are Full of Flat Ag Fields Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Need to Be In Shape.


If you are a follower of then you know that fitness plays a huge role in my daily life as well as many of my hunts.  A lot of this dedication and preparation stems from my love of hunting in the mountains.  When you’re in the bush for a week at elevation you’ve got to be ready if you want to be successful.  I realize that many of you reading this get that aspect of being physically fit for those types of hunts, but what about some of the supposedly less strenuous hunts out there?  Here are two examples of what would normally be considered fairly straight forward hunts (not easy,  just not as physically demanding in their design) that I was very thankful I had the strength and stamina to produce a favorable outcome.  Continue Reading…



We’re All Busy but We Also Have Goals(photo courtesy of


It’s nearing the end of August and you’ve got a late September or October hunt approaching fast.  You’ve been maintaining a pseudo active lifestyle but you want to kick it up a notch so that you hit the slopes in top form.  You’re also working 40+ hours and have responsibilities at home that take precedence over all else.  What do you do?  Get rid of wasted space in your workout.   Work your body efficiently and timely to maximize your gains and reduce the required workout time.   Continue Reading…


The Bent Over Row is a Great Chance to Strengthen Your Back and Core (Photo courtesy of

I’d like to throw another exercise at you to mix into your training regimen, the bent over row.  I added this one about a year ago to complement all the pushups I was trying to do. This goes to the equal and opposite principle when using weights to keep your physic balanced.  However, it goes way beyond that. Continue Reading…


Cliff on Pack In

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…