My life has been profoundly altered in many ways since adulthood, and my wife and kids are at the top of the list. They are people who have made me a better man. My wife is a health nut, which pretty much makes me a healthy eater by default. As far as fitness is concerned, it has always been a blast here, a blast there, but never a long term habitual thing. I was always the hunter that went out before season and “got in shape” (pretty half-assed shape at that if I’m honest) and really wasn’t in shape till the end of the season. The result, especially as I got older (I’m 43) was that my hunting suffered because of it.
Then, I heard about Train to Hunt owned by Kenton Clairmont. Kenton’s Train to Hunt competitions, online workouts, and some personal coaching has forever changed my physical life. I eat clean, and train for hunting (happily I might add), year round. It’s the competitions that keep me going when I don’t want to. They are my motivation! And with the easy, low cost online workouts, it’s something new and interesting every day. It’s easy to stay on track with little amounts of time.
I got pissed and said to myself that I would be ready for the next one, and did exactly that. My training went to the whole next level and I pushed myself harder than I ever had before. The next year, I placed well in both events and had a blast doing it.
With the cornerstone being the competitions, it’s important to know my story there as well. Two and a half years ago (when my “before” photo was taken) I was at the highest stress point in my life. In fact, the “before” was me, wanting to remember to never be where I was again. I had to wear that contraption for 2 days because my heart was going out of rhythm as a result of too much stress and no physical outlet. I’ve never had that problem since, by the way.
Anyhoo… I had heard about the competition just a few months prior to the event, and when I showed up I was totally intimidated to look like an idiot and embarrass myself. A foot injury allowed me a easy excuse to sit out, so I watched the event and helped Kenton with the judging. At the event, I saw that many of the competitors were just like myself, not in great shape, but challenging themselves and competing anyway.
I got pissed and said to myself that I would be ready for the next one, and did exactly that. My training went to the whole next level and I pushed myself harder than I ever had before. The next year, I placed well in both events and had a blast doing it. This year I’m even stronger, and can’t wait to run against the young’ns. My goal is to qualify for the National Championships in Denver.
As a final note to anyone reading this, who may be on the fence about hitting an event this summer, DO IT. There is still plenty of time to get ready and here is a good place to start. It will be a game changer in your hunting life and the people who compete have become good friends. I hope to see you there. My intimidation was unfounded, and silly and only delayed the blessing Train to Hunt has been to me.
by Marc Warnke