So how do you get into shape???

Discussion in 'Physical Training For Mountain Hunting And Backpac' started by BenY 2013, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    So my dad and I would really like to go hunting somewhere in the mountains. Thing is I don't think either one of us is in the best shape we could be.....so I had the thought how do you get into shape before a "out west hunt"????
     
  2. fj40mojo

    fj40mojo Well-Known Member

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    There really is no way to prepare yourself for the altitude change. 'Bout the only thing you can do is cardio cardio cardio. You have to condition your muscles to function with less O2 than they are accustomed to. Find the steapest hill you can and walk up and down briskly until you puke and then pick up the pace to a jog after tossing on a pack board with 100# strapped to it and repeat until you pass out. Do this 8 days a week.:D
     

  3. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Hahaha, ok so cardio and muscle strain, sounds like a good workout!!!!
     
  4. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    A stair climber is what I use. Do it for 30 minutes at a time and then start using a pack while on the stair climber 50 pound bag of shot works good and when you feel good add another 50 pound bag. I live at 6500 feet so altitude does not affect me as much as someone at 1000 feet. Takes about three days for you to ge acclimated to the altitude.
     
  5. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Thats another good idea!!
     
  6. bigngreen

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    I chase elk during bow season to get into shape, the first week is brutal!! But after that we're GTG till lion season, then that takes all the rock star right out of ya following hounds all day!!
     
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    Im starting to get older but love chasing elk. My program, hunt as much as possible, watch what I eat more, ski in off season, horn hunt,bear hunt, bow hunt, rifle hunt,stay active. Try to keep up with my 16 year old wrestler,football,track,baseball kid. I can still out hike him, but he takes off alot faster than me:D When I was in my 20-30's I used to go on high mountain fishing trips in Glacier park, got in some good hikes and caught some 2-4 lb. cutthroats on the fly.
     
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  8. BenY 2013

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    Cool I wish I had more game to chase around my part of the world. Chasin deer can get old after a full season. BUT this year should be better I'll be chasing them from over 400yds:D with my new long range gun. Thanks for all the advice.
     
  9. roninflag

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    i walk 5 miles 3-5 times a week . working up to running
     
  10. Guy M

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    BenY - you looking at this fall for your western mountain hunt? Many of the states have already closed their tag application period, although you can still buy an over-the-counter license & tag in some states.

    I don't know what kind of condition you guys are in now, but it's certainly not too late to start preparing for a hunt this fall.

    If you're not walking regularly. Start. Some jogging is good too, but high mileage or high intensity running can result in injuries, setting you back instead of moving you forward.

    Some strength training is a good idea too. Particularly for the legs & back.

    How do I do it? Well, I'm 55 years old, too heavy around the middle, but still a pretty strong hiker with decent endurance and strength. No, I can't hike and hunt as hard as I could 20 years ago.

    I never let myself get really out of shape. Cross-country ski & snowshoe in the winter. Start hiking when the snow melts, first at lower elevations, then higher as the snow recedes. Haul out the ol' bicycle every spring, dust it off, pump up the tires and start putting in the miles. Long as I don't fall off the doggone thing, it's a fun, low-impact way to good conditioning. Don't expect to do it all on the bike though. Still need to hike, particularly uphill, particularly with a pack.

    Increase the duration, load and intensity of your hiking gradually, week by week.

    Hit the gym. Every day I that I work, I go to the gym. If I'm in the gym, I make myself do 30 minutes of cardio on one of those infernal torture machines. Then I work on weights for another 30 minutes or so. Some stretching is also a real good idea.

    Watch the diet. This is my biggest weak point. Mama and I cook pretty well, and I enjoy a glass or two of red wine with dinner. Sigh... Yup. I just plain eat too much! So, until I change that, I'll likely never be under 200 pounds again in my life! We eat good stuff, mostly lean foods, but I'll gobble it down like I did when I was a 25 year old Marine. Hah! That was a good idea then, not now.

    For me, the key is having fun. There's guys I like to work out with, and I meet them in the gym regularly. I also enjoy the heck out of cycling, skiing and hiking. That makes it fun.

    Also... You can be smart about where you're going to hunt. Not all the elk and mule deer are taken up at 8,000 - 11,000' elevation... Figure out some lower altitudes, and maybe some milder country - that can be a real help. Consider a ranch hunt. Consider hiring somebody to pack you into a camp on horses... Be smart about it. A guy doesn't have to be an Olympian to hunt "out west" or I'd never get anything.

    Regards, Guy
     
  11. BenY 2013

    BenY 2013 Well-Known Member

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    Wow thank you guys for all the info. I sure hope me and dad could make a hunt this year but not sure if we'll get to.
     
  12. Eaglet

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    And you're from Idaho hey? Amazing sense of humor. You had me going up to the
    puke part, after that I woke up and was laughing real hard... Until you pass out... that's hilarious...
     
  13. Guy M

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    Yeah, that was funny, and reminded me of workouts from coaches and Marines in my past...
     
  14. azsugarbear

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    BenY,

    In addition to all the good advice on getting physically in shape, you need to start doing some research on the terrain where you want to hunt. In my home state of AZ, we have some great, quality elk hunts. Problem is: it sometimes takes years to get drawn. Some of the units can be very tough, rugged hunts, but most are on open, rolling terrain. Nearly all units for elk are at 5,000 to 8,000 feet altitude. Units 2 through 10 tend to be rather flat or gently rolling hills with a few steep canyons. Generally easy to hunt once you get acclimated to the elevation. I'm sure other states have similar areas. Colorado still has some OTC elk tags. I believe west central CO has some forgiving terrain. Maybe someone from CO will chime in, Good Luck.