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Hunting Bootcamp: Archery 8-Weeks (Pre-Season)

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Hunting Bootcamp: Archery 8-Weeks (Pre-Season)


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8 Weeks

Plan Description

We designed this plan for mountain athletes who have been active for many months and are ready to transition to structured training to round-out their aerobic fitness and climbing strength as they head into the fall hunting season.

This is an ideal plan is for those who have a goal of maximizing their chances of success on an archery hunt in the big mountains and has specific strength workouts aimed at improving muscle strength and stamina associated with bow-hunting. This would also be an ideal plan for an experienced hunter with a good base of endurance to use as a crash-course for those surprise hunts or last minute over-the-counter tag opportunities. This eight week plan progresses gradually but has difficult days straight out of the gate in the first week.

Athletes should expect to see significant gains in their ability to climb steep terrain with heavy packs. However, these gains come at a cost and will require adequate recovery/tapering before heading into the backcountry to tackle your objective. The plan can be repeated if the initial volume and intensities are reduced during the first pass through the program. We have placed recommendations for alterations within the plan and are always available to help via our website:

We have used this type of programming to help many hunters finalize their strength and endurance potential for elk and deer hunts in the high-country of Colorado at altitudes over 12,000 ft. It pairs well at the tail-end of our 16 Week Big Mountain Hunting Plan. Stick with the plan and we are confident that you will be seasoned and ready to go for your big-mountain hunt this season!

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x3
02:39:00 01:30:00
Strength x2
01:52:00 01:00:00
X-Train x2
00:37:00 00:20:00
Walk x1
03:26:00 07:30:00
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
02:39:00 01:30:00
01:52:00 01:00:00
00:37:00 00:20:00
03:26:00 07:30:00
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

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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