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You’ve probably read the content I have posted recently about volume training. You don’t do 5 sets of 5 reps in the back country; you do rep after rep, step after step, with weight in your pack and in your hands. You work for extended periods without rest.

I want to start a movement among hunters to encourage one another to buck the traditional training trends and embrace pushing the limits, just like we do in the backcountry. 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.

You need volume training in your workouts. Continue Reading…