I'm 37 and this is my first yr going to colorado elk hunting , Ihave been training since feb started with 30 mins of cardion on a eliptical set to a cross training hil workout for 30 mins 5 days a week and working out on my bowflex 5 days a week 1 muscle group a day . In april i moved and took 3 weeks of since i have joined a gym and back to my 5 day routine except lifting with free weights and hitting my legs harder with squats leg presses and lots of calve exercises . I have 2 packages of high fiber oatmeal evey morning at 5 am go to the gym till 7 and then have a protien shake with starwberries blue , black and rasberry barries for antioxidents and vitamin c then at 9:30 a 2 egg and whole grain muffin snack a healthy lunc and dinner and a protien bar and some trail mix thrown in for snacks i try to have dinner no later than 6:30 pm . I also take a vitamin pack and flex joint pack made by universla nutrition its called animal pack and flex pack they also have awesome weight lifting supplements for stacking on lean muscle and burning fat . I thinking in august I will be hitting the high school bleacjers with a 50 lb werighted pack in the evenings .
Ive been hitting the legs, abs and running/biking. I live at 6000 feet and hiked at 8500 last week and was a little gassed. My deer hunt this year is at least 12000, so im gonna try and find a pool to get the lungs a better workout
I'm noticing a trend on here about positive progress.. And I think everyone is dedicated enough to start seeing personal growth in their own independent way.. I have read a lot on strength conditioning for preseason so I'd like to share a few more ideas I haven't yet seen..
They say that eating 5 small meals a day will help boost metabolism.. We all read this and say sure, let me take time away from my full time job to accommodate a rediculous eating schedule.. But I alter this.. I'm 26 so expendable income is used not on buying organic, but buying bullets to harvest "organic" here's what works for me:
Breakfast 6:30am: 1/2 cup oatmeal & 3 eggs (piece of wheat toast, if I'm still hungry)
Snack (between 9:30 & 10:30) protein shake or a poor mans protein shake.. Aka glass of milk
Lunch(11:30-12:30) who cares.. Just keep it smart and portioned (5 chips with a sandwich, not the whole damn bag)
I usually try to fight off the afternoon snack.. If you can't grab a (1) piece of jerky or preferrably a handful of Almonds/cashews (again watch the salt)
Dinner: my wife loves her pasta, I try to take a 1/2 portion.. Throw in some protein (aka elk steak, organically harvested of course) and a crap load of veggies.. Multiply your current intake by 3..
Now for fluids: take your current weight, divide it by two, and drink that many ounces of water per day.. I'm 195 pounds so i drink 98 ounces of water..
Let's be honest, a glass of wine or a frosty brew won't hurt ya and may motivate you to keep up the good work.. Just try to get all your fluids down by 7pm or you will get some midnight cardio running back and forth to the bathroom.
For cardio, rapid change in heart rate is the key.. Start you workout (tho is an extra few minutes to your workout) 2 min walk, 1 min elevated incline run (or flailing motion if your anything like me) repeat for 3 cycles starting out, when you can get to 30 minutes, the rest of your hunting party will hate you..
Lastly, go sockless!!! But only 6-7 weeks before season.. If you don't; you, your shoes, your wife and the whole gym will hate you.. Start with once per week, then twice, the next week 3 times etc etc (I learned this from Cameron Haynes) this will help your feet get into shape too, less blisters=more miles covered= less competition= better stories, more meat in the freezer and bigger racks on the wall!!
Good luck, boys and girl!!!
Dabbling in the paleo diet, doing crossfit training 3 to 4 times a week and trying to run or hike another day. If you want to be sore in places that you didn't even know existed do crossfit.
This one is near and dear to me. At nearly 50, I am a life long athelete whose job has led to a lot of stress and being fairly sedintary. So I gained a bunch of weight. I am currently traing to do a Solo Back Pack Elk hunt not this fall but next. I've been doing 45 min of cardio 6 days a week. Alternating "high burn" "slow burn" days. Slow Burn days I lift for 30 minutes, hig burn days I lift for 20/25 minutes and rotate muscle groups through out the week. I usually take Sunday off, but frequently throw on a pack and do a short hike. So far I have lost 25 pounds. I feel great and honestly find I miss days I don't get a full work out in, so they have become very few.
My goals are about another 15 pounds weight loss before I start working on a little more bulk. Lots of guys shoot for bulk and just lean out, I think that works ok for most younger guys. Lots of guys at my age have a harder time loosing wiehgt and leaning out at the same time, so I am taking a slower approach. It seems to be working for me.
Originally Posted by quicknick
I run 4-5 miles 4 days a week and lift weights 5 days a week. I have also started running the stairs at Red Rocks again. I stay in pretty good shape all year and then start hitting it hard around April. Man I can't wait for hunting season!
Was training for 50k trail run, but now using P90X2, and adding hill climbs to workout.
For me, I've been doing traintohunt.com workouts for almost a year now and as far as diet I do the predator meal plan from the same guys. Considering a year ago I couldn't hardly walk a mile and now I run 10-15 miles a week and I'm down 50lbs and put on a ton of muscle, I'd say it has worked.
I do the workouts 4-5 days a week plus numerous mountain trail runs a week, plus I have done 4 5K trail races this year already. The workouts are based on crossfit workouts but they are tailored to a hunter. The program is run by Dan Staton and Kenton Clairmont out of Spokane Washington. If you have ever watched Bowhunter Magazine TV or read Elk Hunter Magazine, you are probably familiar with Dan as he does the fitness segments for both.
I am doing a little Insanity now. You're right, it's fricken "Insane". I think I only almost puked 3 times during the first workout. I'm not in any sort of shape though, unless "round" counts....
Originally Posted by flatlander51
I have dabbled in P90X last year, and now Insanity. I like Insanity much more. I think the cardio is more intense and it also has more stretching in it (which I need), makes the legs burn more, and no pull ups (I can't do em). I lost 5 lbs in the first week. I started mixing it up now though, and doing hill programs on the treadmill some days, Insanity others...Soon I will be throwing on the pack and spotting scope and get to scouting for whitetails in some hills not to far away. I am jealous of you people that have mountains in your backyard to hike in.