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I was hiking in the backcountry the other day and I was reminded of a very important lesson: Train for the unforeseen.

You see, I was in the mountains of Northern New Mexico and it had recently snowed. There was about 3 feet of snow on the ground and hiking in those conditions involved significantly more effort than it would have had it not snowed. The elevation was already making things more difficult, but the snow made it hard… very hard. Continue Reading…


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Volume is not just for your stereo or your hair. Volume is an absolutely essential metric for improving your performance in the backcountry. Although strength training, fat loss, and muscle-building are good goals for anyone, increased volume should have its rightful place in your workout plans.

Consider when you are hiking with a pack, bow/gun, and layers of clothing. You are taking step after step after step in rough terrain, often on a steep incline, and you are not resting every 5 or 8 reps (steps) – you might be resting every 25, 50, or even 100 steps. You are doing some serious volume when you are hunting because you are carrying all that weight for a very, very long time. Doing sets of 5, 6, 8, or even 12 reps at the gym is not going to properly train your muscles for this kind of work.

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Stair climbers with weighted backpack for hunt training

The curtain is closed in most of the country for the 2015 hunting season. Going forward, it seems to be nothing but months of waiting, planning and dreaming. It might seem as though there is no reason to start working toward next year, but that is not true. Your health and your fitness level should not suffer during the off-season. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to maintain your fitness level and continue working toward new heights in your overall fitness. If you are like me, you need something to train for because sometimes training for the sake of training can get boring. With this in mind, I have a few ideas of things to train for that will keep you motivated during the early off-season. Whatever you do, do not let your fitness go by the wayside. Continue Reading…


In the coming weeks, Hunting Fit will feature a Q&A session in which I respond to hunting and fitness related questions. Ask any question you’d like and if your question is among the ones picked, it will be featured in the Q&A article. Ask via email, comment below, or ask through the Hunting Fit Twitter and Facebook feeds. Just make sure you ask… You can’t get answers if you don’t ask.


Balance Workout

October 24, 2015 — Leave a comment


One of the most common occurrences that leads to injury is losing your balance. When you start to lose balance, other muscles and ligaments quickly engage to try and regain your balance. Think of when you feel yourself starting to fall: your arms shoot out instantly, your entire body tenses up, and you start flailing around trying to keep from falling. When you do fall, your body is tight and you limbs are extended. All of this can lead to injury.

Balance is crucial for anyone in the backcountry. Traversing uneven, loose terrain requires a great deal of balance. A great way to prepare for this is to train for it. Continue Reading…


(This is an article I recently wrote for To view all content, click the link at the bottom of the article)

Preparation is crucial to a successful hunt. We plan, pack proper gear, practice our shooting accuracy, watch our nutrition and train regularly to ensure that we have the best chance of success. Yet, if we are not careful, all of that preparation can be rendered meaningless if we get injured. Not only that, but the wrong injury at the wrong time in the wrong place could spell dire consequences. While injuries are a likely reality for someone who is active in the backcountry, there are some common causes of injuries that you can avoid as well as some proactive measures you can take to prevent injuries before they happen. In the event that an injury does occur, it is important to know how to deal with the injury to minimize further complications and get on the road to recovery. Continue Reading…


Isometric training (also known as static training) involves exercise in which the muscle length does not change during the duration of the time under tension. Translation: Isometric training is done by holding a static position for extended periods of time. During isometric training, nearly all muscle fibers are activated simultaneously, which is something that cannot be accomplished through traditional exercise movements. The result is increased blood flow, increased strength, and limited stress on joints. Isometric training is very beneficial for your general fitness level and should be incorporated into your workouts regularly.
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Uncle Sam
One of the things that makes the human body so amazing is that it can adapt to almost anything you throw at it. No matter how difficult something is, if you do it with any regularity, your body will almost immediately begin to adapt; however, this can become an issue. If you do something for too long, you body will not only adapt, it will plateau and stop making improvements all-together. The remedy for this issue is to change up your program so that you body is caught off-guard (this principal is often called “muscle confusion”). A good rule of thumb is to make significant changes to your workout routine (frequency, exercises, reps range, etc.) every 6-8 weeks. This will prevent your body from plateauing. Just in case you are wondering if you should change up your workout, here are a few signs that it is time to change things up:
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