I train for hunting in the mountains. Not only out west, but back here in NW Pennsylvania where I am from as well.
Training has been a part of my life since high school, but these days, hunting is what keeps me motivated to wake up at 5am and get to it. Every year, I do usually one trip out west, for a 7-10 day, Elk or Mule Deer, backcountry, bivy style hunt. And back home I hunt our big woods whitetails very hard. When most people think of whitetail hunting, they don't think of it being physical, but when you hunt mobile, in the mountains we have here, it is a grind!
I have tried all kinds of training. I have ran a marathon, tried crossfit, and everything in between.
I wouldn't say that those things don't work, but they don't work the way MTNTOUGH does.
This program has really changed how I look at my training. It is about more than hunting now. It has made me realize what I am physically capable of, and how to mentally push through any struggle. It has positively impacted my entire life.
I have always had a weak core, which lead to a lot of lower back strains and injuries. I will be honest, that issue is totally gone at the moment. I feel strong. I don't bend over to pick something up and think about how I am going to do it. I just do it. I know this will help me tremendously in the mountains!
My legs are stronger. My core is stronger. My stamina and recovery is stronger. I have put on upper body muscle that is unlike anything I have done before. And I don't mean size and bulk. Lean muscle. I think that I "look strong" which is a good feeling.
The largest difference is without question my mental strength. I feel unstoppable after these workouts. And I mean that in all aspects of life. I am more positive, outgoing, and a better husband and father because of it. I know this new mental toughness will be a huge help this fall.
I will without question recommend this to anyone who asks. I can't tell you the number of people at the gym that take notice to how hard I am working. It's intriguing. I have already made a few posts on social media about the program. And that is something I don't usually do, but I am a believer!
I would tell people that doing this program will absolutely make you stronger, faster, and most importantly mentally tough. BUT, you better be willing to work your ass off. It's no joke. And maybe to make their wife happy, buy a separate laundry basket for their workout clothes, because you are going to write a new definition for the word "sweat"! But all joking aside, MtnTough just works. Period. - Kelly McGraw