After I got my tail kicked at 10,000 feet on an elk hunt last fall, I started to rethink my preseason workout program. For other bowhunters who have elk tags to fill, now is the time to start training. Under Armour pro staffer and diehard hunter Cameron Hanes has a plan to get you from zero to elk in three months. Phase one, which emphasizes cardio, strength, and daily shooting drills, starts today.
1. Slow and Steady**
Weeks 1-2 Take things slow in the beginning. "Most people never make it outside because they think they need to run a marathon," Hanes says. Walk--don't run--for 30 minutes every day. Try to maintain a brisk pace, but don't push it. "It takes a while to break in your legs."