Football players train.
Track and field athletes train.
Motocross athletes train.
Olympic Power Walkers train
Outdoorsmen… drink lots of booze, eat chimichangas, smoke, have no regard for sleep, and get extra exercise only when they walk into Cabela’s to spend lots of money on gear… to gain advantages
Ok maybe not ALL outdoorsmen.
And maybe I exaggerated a bit
And that’s pretty spot on.
I know... my examples were all athletes. That’s the difference.
Outdoorsmen aren’t athletes..
I’ve worked in the Fitness industry for 13 years and am an avid outdoorsman. The degree to which these two interests intersect has always worked to make one passion fuel the other.
Not only from a performance and sport perspective, but also from a health and wellness perspective.
Every outdoorsmen would benefit tremendously by adopting some sort of training regime.
Outdoorsmen also have a strong advantage as they navigate down the path to higher levels of health and fitness.
In other words their chances of being successful and reaping results are higher than the average Joe.
But very few seem to feel the same way, or at least don’t recognize how that’s the case.
So here’s my attempt to help clear your vision… unless you already agree. Regardless, enjoy the article and pass it along to anyone who may benefit!
5 reasons why EVERY outdoorsman should train year round.
1.) Training would allow you to get more enjoyment out of your current pursuit.
Nothing puts a damper on a hunt like a sore back. Or a group hike to the summit like a bad knee. Or when a walk to your favorite honey hole spot feels like the Boston Marathon. Especially in a group trip. It can be frustrating… or even a little embarrassing.
I’ve seen trips cut short because the amounted activity over several days was just too much.
I’ve seen people put down bows because shoulders could no longer take it.
I’ve seen people forced to hang tree stands in basements rather than trees due to weight and mobility issues.
I’ve seen physical inability result in confidence issues.
I’ve seen lack of balance lead to falls. I’ve seen those falls result in ruined seasons, where likely a little strength, stability and muscle would have helped withstand the trauma.
On the flip side I’ve seen painful, potentially more serious spills turn into… nothing more than funny stories. No real trauma sustained. #TooJackedSyndrome
Staying dedicated to a solid, year round training regime can help you avoid all the ugly just described. Except the funny falls.
2.) Training gives you the opportunity to ENHANCE your pursuit.
The person who decides to train year round will be better equipped to go further, for longer, in tougher places, and be more comfortable while doing so.
More strength, endurance, mobility, and faster recovery times help make that possible.
Because of their abilities, they have the confidence to do things others don’t.
This doesn’t ONLY pertain to extreme enthusiasts, like an elk hunter scaling mountains (although one of my clients did just that and said had it not been for his training he would never have been able to do the things he did).
This pertains to everyone regardless of level or pursuit. If you take YOU as you are, and keep everything the same but improve your strength, conditioning, mobility, and weight (if needed), you’ll be capable of a lot more.
3.) You already complete a big part of the circle… so just complete the other part!
I’ve worked with a lot of different people. Often times I find myself making very similar recommendations to the majority of clients.
Eat more high quality protein
Find something that gets you excited outside of the gym and use that to motivate you.
I wish there was a demographic that this would just come more naturally to…
4.) A stronger “Embrace” for the “Suck”.
I’m a big fan of the Wired to Hunt podcast. If you’ve listened to that you’ve heard the host Mark Kenyon refer to what he calls type 1 fun and type 2 fun (not sure if he’s the originator, but I learned it from him).
Type 1 fun is the type of fun that is enjoyable right there in the moment. Think games, movies, things like that. Type 2 fun requires more work, and may not even be all that enjoyable in the moment. The result however is something far more satisfying than anything type 1 fun could ever bring.
Think hunting 12 hour days, day after day during the rut, or day after day of 3:30 am wake ups to chase Spring gobblers.
If you played sports as a kid, these are the 2-3 hour practices every day after school; rain or shine, hot or cold.
Training helps better carry you through this type 2 fun. From a mental AND physical standpoint. Which is why many athletes and sports teams hire trainers, or have strength coaches on staff. The benefits extend far beyond the physical. Training helps build mental toughness. If you can push through a workout when you’re sore, or exhausted, and everything burns, you’ll be more familiar and comfortable with being uncomfortable.
If you can better endure Type 2 fun, you further increase your chances of succeeding. You may even find yourself raising the bar of what success looks like because old challenges aren’t so challenging anymore.
5.) Greatest of all…Longevity
I’m not talking about living a longer life.
I am talking about improving the quality of your life, and doing the things you love most with the people you love most, as far into life as possible.
I used to train a guy who was my go to source for anything hiking related. He had hiked every mountain and knew every trail.
Much of his time off was spent in the mountains, or on ski trips, or out camping with his kids. You know what he relished the most?
The cool gear?
Sure that was all part of it, but as his kids grew older he began to love these excursions more and more because of the way they caused his kids to open up. He found the trips would stir up more conversation than anywhere else.
I can attest to this. Anytime my wife and I spend time in the outdoors the conversation is richer.
Maybe it’s no electronics, maybe it’s the fresh air.
Put yourself in a position where you can share these experiences and create memories for many years ahead. With your kids. With your grandkids.
Many of the seasoned hunters I know get more enjoyment out of helping a youngster tag their first turkey than filling their own tags.
My wife and I still laugh about the ONE morning we went out together turkey hunting.
My brother and I get along great, but we’re both busy. Fly fishing is something that regularly still brings us together.
Hunting has helped me rekindle relationships that had been quiet for YEARS. I recently re-connected with two of my first clients from over 10 years ago.
Because we all like to bow hunt.
Who wouldn't want to enjoy these things for as long as possible?
Training pays back.
There are TONS of resources out there to help get you started if you’re unsure how to begin.
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