Training

How to Prep for Hunts by Training All Day, By Todd Bumgardner

What in the heck happened? You trained. It shouldn’t be like this. The problem is you made a mistake that a lot of hunters make while physically prepping for a hunt: You didn’t train all day.

The Mental Wall: How to Get More Out of Yourself During Workouts, By Todd Bumgardner

A few weeks ago, I pulled my truck into my usual parking spot at my gym and just sat there, letting the music play. I wasn’t ready to go in. I didn’t feel like training. 

Why Bother? By Adam Janke

I never thought the day would come. I told myself I would never be one of them. But before I knew what had happened it was too late. The trap had sprung.

Successful Post-Season Strength and Conditioning, By Todd Bumgardner

Big game seasons are winding down. As much of a bummer as that is, most of us already have our eyes on next year’s hunts. If you want to be ready for the mountain next fall, there are some simple things that you can do now to set yourself up for success. 

In-Season Hunting Strength and Conditioning: How to Set Yourself Up for Success, by Todd Bumgardner

As I type these words, it’s mid-October 2020. Many of us have been hunting for two months now, starting with sheep or caribou in August, moose or elk in September, and now cruising for goats or working to fill whatever tags that are left burning a hole in your pocket.

Five Steps: Better Backpacking Prep, By Todd Bumgardner

Whether you’re cruising ridges for high-country whitetails, or humping mountains for elk, some smart packing prep will have you in great condition to handle whatever situation the hunt throws at you. Below I share five steps to better pack training that will have you prepared for the mountain in the fall.

The Best Step-ups You’re not Doing Pt II, By Todd Bumgardner

In part one of this series, I outlined what High-Intensity Continuous (HICT) step-ups are, why they’re important for hunters, and how to do them. We’ll use part two to talk in-depth about performing sets of HICT step-ups and how to fit them into a hunt fitness training program. 

The Best Step-ups You’re not Doing Pt I, By Todd Bumgardner

After perusing hunting prep programs and talking to hunters from around the country about how they train in the offseason, I’ve found that there’s one commonly misused tool—the box step-up. I won’t say it’s a total waste of time, but there’s a much better method that will actually make you much fitter for the hunt

Training for Dynamic Environments Part 2

This is an example of a “typical” gym session focusing on whole-body strength and multi-segmental movements, essentially movements or exercises that force the body to work as a coordinated system.

Training for Dynamic Environments Part 1

The world’s mountains represent some of the most harsh, austere environments on the planet. Snow, rain, blistering sun. Loose shale to moderate ridge lines and near vertical rock faces. We call these Dynamic Environments.