Getting fit for hunting season isn’t easy

If you’re a KUIU hunting gear fan, you probably get their emails. One of their recent emails has an excellent guide to getting in shape for hunting season.

I’ve said before that I’ve become a huge fan of KUIU hunting gear. Their camo patterns actually break up your outline and help you blend into the scenery, unlike some of the mainstream patterns available today. And KUIU gear is extremely durable, fits well, and keeps you warm or cool, depending on what you need it to do.

But KUIU has become more than just gear. They also send out emails at least weekly – sometimes it seems like it’s daily – that provide tips on hunting, fishing, scouting, camping, and anything else even tangentially related to hunting. Recently, they introduced their new training gear lineup, and last week they provided a great pre-hunting-season workout to help their fans get in shape ahead of the season opener.

This workout comes from Sheridan’s Seth Larson, who operates Cloud Peak Crossfit. I’m kind of excited to start this workout, but kind of dreading it at the same time. It’s a CrossFit workout, for one thing, and CrossFit doesn’t leave room for slacking. It works every muscle you own – and some you’re just borrowing. Seth’s KUIU workout calls for a weighted hunting pack with 15 to 40 pounds, depending on your fitness level, and a sturdy box or platform for doing step-ups.

And it starts with a bang and gets more intense from there. Day One is 20 situps holding your pack to your chest, then raising it over your head as you sit up. That’s followed by 20 bent-over rows using your pack, and then 30 walking lunges. And then you repeat all of that as many times as you can.

Here’s the full workout. To make sure you get these sorts of messages, sign up on the KUIU website. It’s a six-day workout each week, and it looks like a beast, but it will certainly get you in shape for hunting. Rest assured, though, that I will NOT be going hunting with Seth.

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