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Old 11-08-2011, 02:18 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

Being a resident of the state of Michigan and not having any of the challenges I'd be up against on my hunts out in Wyoming or Idaho I found myself a high school football field and used their bleachers to practice on.

Going UP and then back DOWN them at a fairly rapid pace until my thighs felt like they were on fire. At first it was just me without any additional weight,.. then I progressed with a backback holding an additional 10 lbs. Each week I added more weight to the pack and stayed at that level until it went fairly smoothly before adding more weight. After an additional 40 lbs in the pack it was going pretty well for me. I felt like I should be OK with what I was going to be up against. As stated prior though,.. there's NO way you can prepare yourself for the altitude and oxygen difference,.. that comes with some time in the hills. It took me about 4 days to feel like I was breathing better than I was when I first got there (altitudes there ranged from 6900-9800 ft.)

Being a "flatlander" (my norm here at home is 600-700ft) Even after all of my trying to prepare myself I still found myself huffing and puffing at times and had to slow down or stop for a short break,.. some of those drainages are real hell-holes !
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:39 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

at 66 staying in shape is just as important as getting in shape. As I have already hunted in Wyoming and Oregon I am doing well right now but have one more elk hunt to go. This time of the year I concentrate on hills, with a 20 lb pack and 5 or more times a week. My hill is 1000 feet high and a mile from bottom to top. I also do a little weight work for the upper body but hills are what works for me. I quit running many years ago and now only do hiking. Outdoor hiking is the best because it also conditions the knees, ankles, and side muscles. Bad weather is on a tread mill at 12% with the same pack. As onother said elevation is a killer and takes a couple of days. Lots of hiking for elk but many also hike to much and don't sit and glass and watch enough !!
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:37 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

I have been involved in sports for most my life and used basic cardio and strength training routines I learned through sports.

But nothing gets me in shape like P90X. It isn't a program for the light hearted, it is brutal especially the first few weeks but there in nothing like it IMO. I am in better shape today, 39 YO, than I have ever been.

P90X is fantastic!
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:57 PM
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at 66 staying in shape is just as important as getting in shape. As I have already hunted in Wyoming and Oregon I am doing well right now but have one more elk hunt to go. This time of the year I concentrate on hills, with a 20 lb pack and 5 or more times a week. My hill is 1000 feet high and a mile from bottom to top. I also do a little weight work for the upper body but hills are what works for me. I quit running many years ago and now only do hiking. Outdoor hiking is the best because it also conditions the knees, ankles, and side muscles. Bad weather is on a tread mill at 12% with the same pack. As onother said elevation is a killer and takes a couple of days. Lots of hiking for elk but many also hike to much and don't sit and glass and watch enough !!

Right there with you my friend,.. just hit the big 60 this summer,.. still can't believe it,... where did all the time go ?? It seems I was in my 30's not that long ago. Been to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming starting in the late 90's in persuit of Wapiti,.. never had a better time in all my life. Plan on much more of it in my future.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:24 AM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

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at 66 staying in shape is just as important as getting in shape. As I have already hunted in Wyoming and Oregon I am doing well right now but have one more elk hunt to go. This time of the year I concentrate on hills, with a 20 lb pack and 5 or more times a week. My hill is 1000 feet high and a mile from bottom to top. I also do a little weight work for the upper body but hills are what works for me. I quit running many years ago and now only do hiking. Outdoor hiking is the best because it also conditions the knees, ankles, and side muscles. Bad weather is on a tread mill at 12% with the same pack. As another said elevation is a killer and takes a couple of days. Lots of hiking for elk but many also hike to much and don't sit and glass and watch enough !!
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Right there with you my friend,.. just hit the big 60 this summer,.. still can't believe it,... where did all the time go ?? It seems I was in my 30's not that long ago. Been to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming starting in the late 90's in pursuit of Wapiti,.. never had a better time in all my life. Plan on much more of it in my future.
Dear 7mm Mag, I thought you'd be past 65, being a Viet Vet. But since you've been living an active life, keeping in shape should be a given, witness your exercise regimen. You still can maintain your peak till about 63, then it will slowly try to catch up with you. In less than two months I'll also be 66. BTW I think that elk hunting in the mountain states is the toughest hunt I've taken. More so than sheep hunt or elk hunt in Arizona or New Mexico.
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I have been involved in sports for most my life and used basic cardio and strength training routines I learned through sports.

But nothing gets me in shape like P90X. It isn't a program for the light hearted, it is brutal especially the first few weeks but there in nothing like it IMO. I am in better shape today, 39 YO, than I have ever been.

P90X is fantastic!
Wait till you're past 57 YO. Mean while, you can still get better, if you keep at it.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:35 PM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

Im doing the mule deer shuffle, strap on crampons and pound Montana vertical in 2-3 feet of snow, same for elk. It will make you tough or kill ya, just got done doing 8 days, and I have a week to go
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:27 AM
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Re: So how do you get into shape???

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Dear 7mm Mag, I thought you'd be past 65, being a Viet Vet.
I'm 63 and served exactly the same years with a tour in RVN but I spent three years in college going through ROTC. So 60 YO would be exactly right for an NCO who went straight from high school.

I still jog about 3 miles per day and work with enough weight to help with my bowhunting. Because wearing boots is a different than running shoes I will hike some days instead of jogging.
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