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Back-Country Hunting I - 8 Weeks (Beginner)

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Back-Country Hunting I - 8 Weeks (Beginner)


Scott Ferguson, Ph.D.

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8 Weeks

Plan Description

This plan is designed for individuals who are regularly active no more than 3-4 times/week and are looking to transition into a more rigorous training approach to prepare them for big-game hunting in the high-country (think Rocky Mountain Elk or Mule Deer). It provides a solid foundation of strength training for core muscles used during uphill propulsion while carrying a heavy pack (work that every hunter hopes for). In order for this plan to be effective, it is important to keep a few concepts in mind: 1) Rest when you are tired. If you miss a workout do not try to make it up. Move on to the next day. 2) If you miss more than two workouts in any given week, then repeat that week. This includes if you get sick. In this case, we recommend that you do not train! Training while sick often leads down a long path of misery and delays long-term performance gains. If you get a cold or the flu, rest. Take the week off and, depending on how long you are out, repeat the week when you are feeling healthy again.

When you have finished this training program, you should be ready for the 16 Week Big Mountain Hunting Plan, which is designed to prep you for longer duration hunts in the mountains.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x3
02:19:00 01:05:00
Strength x2
01:21:00 01:00:00
Walk x1
02:00:00 03:00:00
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
02:19:00 01:05:00
01:21:00 01:00:00
02:00:00 03:00:00
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Scott Ferguson, Ph.D. and George Bieker M.Ed.

Summation Athletics

Summation Athletics offers training for a variety of activities based on the fundamental principles of exercise physiology. We specialize in mountain athletics including rock-climbing, trail running, mountaineering, big-game hunting, and alpine climbing.

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