Strength Training For Hunting / Survival - Survivalist Forum
Survivalist Forum

Advertise Here

Go Back   Survivalist Forum > >
Articles Classifieds Donations Gallery Groups Links Store Survival Files


Advertise Here
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Survival Course/Survival Training School of California stsc1 Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 15 02-06-2018 07:37 PM
Training a Silky Terrier for squirrel hunting. ATLPilgrim Hunting and Trapping General Discussion 21 02-21-2015 11:15 PM
Training hunting dog, looking for advice Riverhound General Discussion 16 02-19-2015 09:20 PM
Survival Strength Training Survival Strength Fitness Blogs 0 09-02-2014 03:18 PM
Training for Survival vs. training to look good SandyBurton Health, Fitness and First Aid 21 01-05-2013 05:01 PM
Strength Training Supplements The Heathen Health, Fitness and First Aid 16 09-20-2012 09:07 PM
Survival Training: Upcoming Central Rockies Lightfoot Survival Training firestat Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 0 02-22-2012 08:57 PM
Need Help training Dog for hunting Crutch Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 21 04-27-2011 04:34 PM
Importance of Mental/Spiritual Strength in Survival Gulcher General Discussion 1 11-25-2010 01:19 PM

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-12-2014, 01:42 PM
Survival Strength Survival Strength is offline
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 10
Thanks: 2
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Default Strength Training For Hunting / Survival

Advertise Here

I'm not sure if anyone out there does this, but I've been training for hunting trips to gather food for a while now. Not only that, but to have more of a physical toughness mind and body.

Hunting above 7000 feet makes everything difficult. Especially when you get an animal down. I use no motorized devises or horses so physical strength is a major priority and is why I started doing this.

Does anyone else strength train or do anything to stay in shape for their hunting trips or outdoor objectives?

With everything going on in the planet these skills are critical in my opinion. You can have all the survival tools, but if the physical and mental strength lacks there's a whole in the survival scheme of planning.

I even started blogging my progress with all this. Anyone out there strength train to survive? Let me know because I would love to hear what everyone's been doing.

Last edited by Pawpaw120; 09-16-2014 at 05:29 AM.. Reason: Edited out link
Quick reply to this message
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Survival Strength For This Useful Post:
Old 09-12-2014, 02:46 PM
Tex's Avatar
Tex Tex is offline
Anvils and Welders
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Wyoming
Age: 47
Posts: 5,034
Thanks: 13,967
Thanked 23,952 Times in 4,443 Posts

This is a subject I have been very interested in here lately. I live in one of those places where hunting can take an extreme amount of exertation and endurance and have been wanting to get in better shape. I have a whole list of legitimate excuses, but the fact remains, I have no excuse.

Clue us in and give us some more details.

Quick reply to this message
Old 09-12-2014, 02:50 PM
last1standing's Avatar
last1standing last1standing is offline
life member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: 3rd rock USA
Posts: 1,188
Thanks: 634
Thanked 2,145 Times in 716 Posts

my cousin would take concrete blocks tie a rope to them and drag them thru the woods
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to last1standing For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Old 09-12-2014, 07:15 PM
TDFbound's Avatar
TDFbound TDFbound is offline
Average Joe
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 2,654
Thanks: 25,147
Thanked 2,321 Times in 1,186 Posts

I'm not sure that strength training for hunting is really all that different from strength training in general. If you want to get stronger, do it. It will benefit every part of your life, not just one. I would also say that of greater importance than raw strength is endurance and stamina.
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to TDFbound For This Useful Post:
Old 09-14-2014, 09:11 PM
falconbrother falconbrother is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 635
Thanks: 62
Thanked 819 Times in 310 Posts

I had a buddy that went hunting in the Rockies every year. We live at like, 200 feet above sea level. So, to train he would put on his loaded pack and walk up and down the parking deck every day for a couple of months before his trip. He told me that the first year he went he suffered so bad that it ruined his trip. So, he actually trained for the trip every year. He would also be in the gym at about 5am most days during that time doing strength training.

I would also note that he got lost for several days in the Rockies on one of his trips. He had packed a day pack and had his rifle. Somehow he got lost and it took him several days to find his way. He said that he had packed a bag of candy bars and that's what he lived off of. He told me that he never really felt scared just concerned. He said that he believed that his physical fitness probably saved his life during that time. For one thing he felt strong so, he never felt panicked, just a little hungry.
Quick reply to this message
The Following User Says Thank You to falconbrother For This Useful Post:
Old 09-15-2014, 02:00 PM
Survival Strength Survival Strength is offline
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 10
Thanks: 2
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts

Anytime you train the question needs to be asked for what do you train for? For example I wouldn't train like a football player to go hiking. The energy systems that are used are completely different. For example if you're in the back country the focus will be primarily on strength endurance to get in shape for it. The same goes for hunting. If you are lucky enough to knock down an animal be ready for the long haul.

Here's some ideas that need to be taken into consideration...

Altitude, weather, terrain, weight of pack, animal.

Just walking at high altitudes increase heart rate big time. Add weight to that and it's magnified. There's so many things to consider that many don't think about, but just training the common 3 x 10 reps or training like a bodybuilder won't cut it.

training complexes are my go to with the getting in shape for the high country. The carry over effect is great for the altitude plus it gets you jacked.

Here's what a complex looks like...

1) Barbell Overhead Press x 5
2) Front Squat x 5
3) Bent Row x 5
4) Reverse Barbell Lunge x 5
5) RDL (romanian dead lift) x 5

This is just one example of many that you can do, but complexes are awesome!
Quick reply to this message
Old 09-15-2014, 02:07 PM
Marcie's Avatar
Marcie Marcie is offline
Military MOM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: In the timbers
Posts: 4,766
Thanks: 16,161
Thanked 7,388 Times in 2,866 Posts

Put a loaded backpack on, and walk on an inclined treadmill. That is, if you don't have hills and mountains to climb. Run different scenarios in your mind while walking. Yoga is good too. If you don't stretch the muscles before and after, you could be in a world of hurt. It is also good for strength and endurance.
Quick reply to this message


hunting, strength training, survival

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Survivalist Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:47 AM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © Kevin Felts 2006 - 2015,
Green theme by