In the July Newsletter, we collaborated with Eric Chesser from Tines Up for the fitness challenge. I asked him if he would tell everyone a little bit about himself, so that you all would know who he is and why he knows his stuff!
Fitness and hunting, those two words describe the lifestyle I live and it's been that way for a long long time. Growing up I was always involved in team sports and loved doing anything outdoors. At a young age and while living in California, my Dad would take me back to his hometown of Filmore Utah for the general season deer hunt. The first time I ever saw a set of antlers I was hooked. The antlers off my Dads very first buck are by far my favorite set of antlers in my collection. When my family moved back to Utah I grew a love for the outdoors and the wildlife that inhabited it greater then I could ever imagine, especially those animals with "antlers". I spent many days hiking the hills carrying a camera and binoculars.
Since that day not much has changed. Whether I'm out looking for shed antlers or hiking the hills in search of that trophy animal you can be sure to find me with a camera and optics. I love every aspect of the hunt; scouting, practice shooting and getting my body ready for the upcoming fall. To me the harder I work on a hunt, the more rewarding it is! And that's why fitness plays an important part in my life and in my preparation for the hunts. I want to be in the best shape I can be, come hunting season. Hunting is a sport and we are athletes too. We need every advantage we can get because its one on one and we are playing on their home court. At age 14 I got a weight set from good old Santa Clause and I have been addicted to exercising ever since. It made me feel good back then and I still look forward to it every day. In 2005 I had a good friend and gym partner tell me I should compete in a fitness competition. My first reaction was "you're crazy". Well he talked me into it and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. From competing I have learned so much about myself and my body and how it reacts to different types of food. Diet and nutrition now play a very important role in my fall preparation. I did very well back in 2005 and 2006 and recently in the last couple months I competed in both Utah and Colorado.
The best part of these competitions is it's YOU vs YOU. The only person holding you back is yourself and that's what you need to remember when you commit to a diet. Now I'm in great shape and I'll continue to maintain it for the upcoming fall hunts. It’s crunch time everyone! Now is the best time to push yourself and test your self control. I hope many of you can benefit from this challenge and I'm very excited to see some results. Don't do it for anyone else but yourself. Good luck and remember to have fun, it's not as hard as you think.