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#5524252 - 01/06/15 06:47 PM How do you train!?
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Hey all I'm getting ready for archery elk season and just wondering what everybody does for this type of hunt to get in shape!?

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#5524330 - 01/06/15 07:18 PM Re: How do you train!? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Mostly, I just talk about and think about working out. I always survive the hunt, so it seems to help.

When I actually do something physical to prepare for an elk hunt, I like to do as many stairs as possible for my cardio, or hill climbs. I feel like that's far superior to flat land walking, although mixing it up with some variety is great. Also, don't neglect your strength training. Guys focus on cardio and come up a little short, most of the time. Look at Cameron Haynes. There's probably not a better example of anyone that trains for elk hunting. He trains about like a lightweight MMA fighter, minus the fighting part. Very well rounded.
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#5524342 - 01/06/15 07:22 PM Re: How do you train!? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Get in the best shape you can, cardio an strength will help. One thing I finally learned is go a few days early if you can to get accustomed to the altitude. Stairs are good but think real hills are better if available.
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#5524551 - 01/06/15 08:45 PM Re: How do you train!? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Find the steepest stairs you can and put a 100lb pack on your back and do that for an hour 4-5 times a week. Practice going up and down. When your hunting the down sucks almost as bad as the up, especially if your boots are a little loose.
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#5525030 - 01/07/15 07:26 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Cardio for the lungs. Incline work for the legs. Hills are the only way I know to work on the downhill part (maybe stadium work).

Getting there early and acclimating is a great tip.

Be in the best shape you can of course. That said, I have found about 80% of it is mental once you get on the mountain. I have seen guys in great physical condition get overwhelmed by the mountains, the cold, the long days, etc. And I have seen guys you would think couldn't hack it suck it up and do well.
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#5525040 - 01/07/15 07:32 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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crossfit will do the trick
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#5525046 - 01/07/15 07:37 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Walk 18 stories every other day......starting with 45lbs work up to 90lbs. Good pack and great boots.

You can't beat the altitude, but can condition your self to recover quicker.

Rest of it like NP said is just mental.

If your doing it right your glassing 70% of the time and hunting 30% of the time...this is for elk.
Mulies you're glassing 95% of the time hunting 5%

Practice with you bow with a pack on and from every position you can think up. Get confident at 50 yards.

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#5525047 - 01/07/15 07:38 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: jshouse]
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Originally Posted By: jshouse
crossfit will do the trick


Or put you on the side lines

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#5525054 - 01/07/15 07:42 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: jshouse]
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Originally Posted By: jshouse
crossfit will do the trick


Oh god here we go....
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#5525061 - 01/07/15 07:45 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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If your out of shape already then you need to get in good general shape

If your in shape you'll be fine. I kept hearing about all this "gotta train for the mountains" talk and it's really not bad at all. If your 30 lbs overweight and haven't been to the gym in 15 years your gonna have a tougher time than someone who keeps themselves in a reasonable level of fitness
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#5525063 - 01/07/15 07:47 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: jshouse
crossfit will do the trick


Oh god here we go....



Crossfit isn't bad, as long as you have great trainers that teach proper form and don't push you to or past your limit on certain lifts. With that said people where Cushing the mountains long before crossfit

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#5525074 - 01/07/15 07:51 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
If your out of shape already then you need to get in good general shape

If your in shape you'll be fine. I kept hearing about all this "gotta train for the mountains" talk and it's really not bad at all. If your 30 lbs overweight and haven't been to the gym in 15 years your gonna have a tougher time than someone who keeps themselves in a reasonable level of fitness




I agree with this for the most part, but it really depends how far and how high you go in. I'd prepare for the worst if you can. I'd sure hate to get on a stud and not be able to get in front of him because I didn't do a little extra when I could of. Or lose a big chuck of meat because I couldn't get him out in a timely matter

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#5525115 - 01/07/15 08:12 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: jshouse
crossfit will do the trick


Oh god here we go....



that was for you sir.

but i'm saerious too, i didnt cheerlead it, just recommended it. if you are mature about your limitations and find a good gym it will get you in great shape.
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#5525118 - 01/07/15 08:13 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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All these are correct, cardio is important but so is endurance and strength, particularly in your legs. The number of times my buddy (who guided) told me about hunters that couldn't even get to the elk much less get one was truely a PITA and frustrating for a guide that is willing to work hard for you.
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#5525166 - 01/07/15 08:32 AM Re: How do you train!? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
If your out of shape already then you need to get in good general shape

If your in shape you'll be fine. I kept hearing about all this "gotta train for the mountains" talk and it's really not bad at all. If your 30 lbs overweight and haven't been to the gym in 15 years your gonna have a tougher time than someone who keeps themselves in a reasonable level of fitness




This is so true IMO. Working out for a few months might help, but a lifestyle can make the overall difference.

Also Agree with BOBO, if your wearing yourself out in the Rockies, you aren't hunting, you're "hiking".

I smoke, drink to much coffee and have hunted the Rockies since 1979 or 80, sure much easier when I was younger, but have come great friends with my limitations. I pace myself and plan my hunt based on what I feel I can do.

My routine is usually changing the fishing line on my fishing poles grin

If you have a certain "health " issue, then you have to address that (I'm loosing serious bone and have a severe bad spinal issues for a few years now) I have taken Diabetics, a few very over weight fellas, they did fine, but stayed within their body's comfort zone. The few I have seen struggle get hurt, where the "jocks" oddly enough.

Take Ginger if you get stomach sickness for a few days before you get there and as BOBO said, going early will help your body acclimate ( I have never had an altitude problem)
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