If you want to effectively train for backcountry hunting in mountainous terrain, you need to train specifically for the demands of that pursuit. You are not a runner training for a marathon. You are not a powerlifter training to raise your lift total. You are not a Crossfitter training for a score. You are not a bodybuilder training to sculpt an aesthetic physique.
You are a hunter, and you should be training to hunt more effectively.
I have spent six years hunting elk on public land. I have learned new lessons on every trip, brought home new experiences each time, and thankfully, I also tagged-out 4 of those years. I am far from an expert, but as a regular do-it-yourself guy, I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned that could benefit other folks, like you, that are learning to hunt elk on public land.
If all your prep work goes into shooting and fitness without paying any attention to practicing the skills required to backpack, then you’re neglecting half of the skills required for backpack hunting. How many times throughout the year do you focus purely on your efficiency in backpacking?
Gaining the knowledge of just backpacking, not to mention the gear side of things, took quite a while to acquire in its own right. What I want to do here, is lay down a platform that can help you get started in backpack hunting if that is something you have been considering.
In this article my goal is to share some of the interval training that I employ on my athletes and give you some options to choose from when preparing your body for demands of your upcoming hunting season.
The basic logic behind interval training is that it offers big dividends in a short amount of time. You’re giving up volume for intensity, or simply put — you’re exerting more effort in less time. Since all of us have to make sacrifices to train, this interval option bodes well, because you can literally suffer for a few minutes and make significant strides toward physical preparedness.