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So how do you get into shape???

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Unread 05-16-2011, 05:54 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

Put on a pack and get to walking. Also do as much cardio as possible. Ive done the gym thing with work out plans etc. Ive noticed the best shape ive been in is buck as many hills or mountains(depends on were your from) as you can. Increase weight and distance as much as possible.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 01:07 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

I have found that drawing a tag helps with the incentive to exercise. A goat tag I lucked out drawing for in my home town worked wonders for my incentive. The best
exercise was to scout the mountian I was hunting and also running a stash of supplies to my base camp. I live @ 4880 and was hunting 10,000 to 11,000 first trip the altitude sickness got me I wasnt sure what it was, but never had it again on my many trips up the hill. next use a little logic. the goat meat on a big billy isnt the best, but you do need to get the meat to the freezer even if all you do is give it to unsuspecting friends who havent worn out there jaw muscles trying to chew it. So I took a small ice fishing tabogan with me and boned the meat tied it in the tabogan give it a shove toward the truck it would go maybe a hundred to a hundred and fifty yards then i would retie and give it another shove down hill. my friend who was in much better shape than me packed out the full body cape & head. killed the goat @ 7:00 am had him to my taxadermist @ 2:45 the same day
Now I just invested in a long range rifle and make sure my son's one who is an active Marine the other a fitness junky has leave & time off. thats the best solution for us outta shape lazy old farts
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Unread 05-30-2011, 03:00 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

Just got back on the wagon after packing on pounds this past winter. Don't know how other parts of the country are but we are like 2 months late it seems for weather. Should be 20 degrees hotter right now. Rain every day of Memorial Day weekend is unheard of in California LOL!

Look in to burpees, the prison work out! No equipment needed and they will flat out ruin you. The basic burpee is a push up in to a squat jump and repeat. Here's a bunch of crazier variations

Body Tribe is a gym my brother goes to in Sacramento, all sorts of crazy body weights, flipping tractor tires, swinging lead filled bats, kettle bells, sand bags and not a single mirror in the entire gym! These guys put a lot of emphasis on mobility and general fitness as opposed to body weight and or fat percentage.

I recently started climbing the hill my street is on with 50 lbs. of sand wrapped up in a plastic bag and duct tape stuffed in to an old backpack. It's BRUTAL but so is that first day at 10,000 feet. That combined with squat presses, lunges, burpees, kettle bell exercises and medicine ball twists and planks for the core.

Taking 10-20 pounds off your belly will make a much larger difference than shaving a few ounces by fluting a barrel.
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Unread 07-08-2011, 09:29 AM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

Start earlier than you think that you need to. No matter if you start walking around your block, treadmill, stairclimber... whatever just get started. Then advance to using a heavy pack walking and stair climbers work great because you will need those muscles for going up the mountains. Some people use the P90X or Insanity to help overall but a stair climber will do you a lot of good, that or go somewhere that you can walk bleachers/stairs... this way you can get stamina going up and down. I know some people who struggle with their footing coming down the mountains.

Just my two cents...
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Unread 07-11-2011, 10:25 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

I have an advantage over some as I live at 6,600 feet A.S.L. and am more used to the altitude. Regardless, hiking from 8,000 to 11,200 with a big pack is hard work. I was in a t-shirt last year hiking in a light snow flurry I was working so hard at it.

I am not specifically training for elk hunting but more of a general, overall fitness. Many may respectfully disagree with my approach, but this is something I am doing in coordination with my doctor. I get regular check-ups and blood tests as part of a larger solution we are working on.

First of all, I have stopped running long distances on a regular basis. My opinion from my research is that the type of trail running I was doing, chasing the 147 lb marathoner from work did more harm than good. It possibly raised my cortisol levels too high and made putting on muscle too hard. I may run 3 or 4 miles once a week, but that is it. Instead I try to perform 30 seconds sprints up a hill at max effort for up to 8 sets, though recently 4 or 5 is all I get.

2-3 days week - bench press, squats, dead lift. I try and max out one day/week.
2-3 days week - shoulder presses, power cleans into a push press, bicep curls, weighted pull-ups.

I also bought an Army 3 day assault pack and loaded it with pea-stone. It weighs about 38lb. I brought it to work today and walked about 2 miles during lunch up a loop with a hill. I will do this several days week. I work in a company with a casual dress code and can wear shorts or change/shower if need be during the summer.

I plan on doing hill work from my home with the same pack - maybe with more weight. I can hike a butte near my home that has a 200-300 foot 35% vertical rise and go up and down like stairs. I also take the pack to the soccer field with some dumbbells and do farmer's walks with the dumbbells and the pack.

I will continue to mix it up. I used to do Crossfit style workouts but no longer do. At my age, packing on muscle is very hard so that is my focus.

I also have a contrarian diet that makes people at work cringe. I eat an ancestral Weston A. Price diet similar to paleo but not quite as strict. I eat lots of saturated fat and shoot for 50% fat intake. Bacon, sausage, eggs, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, real butter, raw unpasteurized politically-incorrect milk from the farm, grass-fed beef along with vegetables and fruit. I take the FDA food pyramid and flip it upside down. I avoid grains and legumes but do eat them on occasion, often when travelling for work.

Though the focus of this thread has not been nutrition, for me, that is a big part of how I am living my life these days and it is part of how I am getting in shape. I am new to the forum and donít know the average age. What might be appropriate for someone 22 years old might not be for someone 62. For comparison sakes, I am 42 years old, 5'-11" @ 178lb.

PS, OTC tags go on sale July 12 @ 9 AM. Less than 12 hours from now.
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Unread 07-25-2011, 09:31 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

being respectful continuing the exercise content from the http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f86/good-pack-elk-74582/index4.html thread a more appropriate thread.

BrowingLover - I said I report back on the squats and here it is. Last Wed I worked up to 4 sets @225 and the # of reps were 10, 7,8, 5. At one point I thought my eyes were going to pop out, at another point my nose felt like it would bleed. I followed up tonight with 4 sets of 7. I have safety bars but am still a little leary of dropping the weight if I can't get it up. I have worked my way up to 300 for 1 recently, but never over 5 for anything significant. For squats I feel a big difference between 5 and 10 reps, unlike the bench press. I have a torn disc and two herniated discs in my back so proper form is key. One might argue not going it at all is better but I feel a stronger core helps my back.

The 37lb pack is working out well too. I can handle more weight in it but I am not sure what the pack can actually hold. The pack is a 3 day Army Assault pack (surplus).

I dead-lifted 370 tonight. That is an all-time record for me and over twice my weight.
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Unread 07-27-2011, 09:20 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???


That's awesome that you are squatting that much. I found the same problem that after 5 reps I found it much harder on squats. The way we got around it was to make sure we always got to 10 reps, even if it meant that we had to drop weight. We found that more reps with less weight actually helped us out on the mountain a lot more than higher weight and lower reps.

Set a specific goal and keep working at it. Maybe do 4 sets with 185 pounds till you feel comfortable, or do two sets of 10 at 225 pounds and then drop down to 185 pounds for your last two sets. As you mentioned proper form is everything. When you get to the higher reps it is very important your form stays good or you can really hurt yourself.

Let me know if it helps you in the hills. I know it made a huge difference for me and my hunting buddy.
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