Hunting requires more fitness than some think. Here’s how to get in elk shape.
These two quick and easy workouts can be done around your house or neighborhood.
Laura’s Hunting Health Tips:
1. Which muscle groups should I focus on?
Focusing on legs is a big part of getting ready for hunting. Legs are your biggest asset in getting you in and out of the areas you hunt, so continuously working on the large muscles will gain you both strength and mobility. Quads (Squats), hamstrings/glutes (Wall Sits), and calves (Calf Raises, 3 positions) in working these you will initiate work on all the small muscles as well. Shoulder, back and arm muscles should be getting worked on when you’re shooting you bow, which will give you muscle memory as well.
2. Which Cardio style works best?
I truly believe that there is no better cardio to get you in shape for hunting season than throwing on your pack and walking/hiking mountains. Yes, running, cycling, and swimming
Yes, running, cycling, and swimming are all great cardio options, but they don’t not get your body or mind mentally prepared for the elevation change or the weight that you are potentially going to have on your back. When in doubt, try to replicate the movements that you do in the woods. This also gives you the opportunity to work on your ability to walk on different terrain while maintaining the quiet steps needed to spot and stalk. Use every opportunity you can to replicate scenarios that could happen during
This also gives you the opportunity to work on your ability to walk on different terrain while maintaining the quiet steps needed to spot and stalk. Use every opportunity you can to replicate scenarios that could happen during the season. Along with
Along with toning, it’s also important to improve muscle flexibility Gaining muscle is a very important aspect of training, but flexibility and mobility are just as crucial. If you don’t work on your flexibility, your muscles have a greater chance of getting injured. During
During season we often roll out of our sleeping bags, throw on our boots and away we go. I always try to move my body around and take just a couple of minutes to stretch to not only wake myself up, but loosen up those muscles after resting to prepare them for the miles they are about to endure. Then, take opportunities to stretch your legs when you can during the hunt. If you stop near a rock or tree stretch your calves out.
All of this will allow you to push just a little farther when you need to.
Laura Gesh is a bowhunter, crossfitter and Bowtech ambassador. She grew up in the great Northwest and calls Oregon home. While always being and avid outdoor lover, she was not introduced to archery hunting until 2003 when she met her best friend, husband and hunting partner Brett Gesh.
She couldn’t imagine her life without the outdoors. Her main passion is hunting Rocky Mountain elk in eastern Oregon, but she also hunts turkey, bear, cougar, mule deer and blacktail deer. In her off season she is a competitive crossfitter who takes part in competitions throughout Oregon.
She loves sharing her passion for fitness and the outdoors with others.