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Michael Griffin talks with Andre
Alipate from The Hunters Club
hen Andre Alipate goes bush he carries everything he needs Wetry to use movements that
with him on his back. And for that type of hunting you need to involve multiple joints of the body, like jumping, pressing,
be fit, but not just gym fit, hunt fit.
Andre, a founding member of The Red Stag Timber
Hunters Club, is well known to television viewers as part
pulling, squatting, hingeing and carrying odd objects, things that utilise the
whole body. They move the largest loads the longest distances, and are also
core compound movements in everyday life.
I'm a details man," he says. "I always make sure my gear is prepared
and ready for the hunt, the same is true for my fitness. It's something l don't
of the popular hunting series which has achieved a strong following with
its spectacular filming, its genuine sense of hunting ethics, and the sheer
Kiwi blokiness of its protagonists. These guys aren't just out there to shoot vok in my preparations. The reality is that hunting (in New Zealand
anything,they're selective trophy hunters, but primarily hunt first and
foremost to eat and harvest clean organic meat for family and friends.
Andre says the best way to keep fit is to keep hunting as often as
possible. But that's not always practical when there's a living to be made and revolves around constantly varied functional movements, often performed
a family to care for.
We've recently had our first child, and I haven't been in the bush as much constantly changing on a day to day basis just like the sort of thing you would
asI'd like,"Andre says
But it's important to maintain a level of fitness so that when it is time to variation approach to training all our athletes, and with intensity it has led to
hunt you can hit the ground running, and make the most of your time in the dramatic gains in fitness."
outdoors and be an effective hunter
generally) is a physical pursuit and requires some level of fitness to be
Our recipe for developing good fitness that is transferable to hunting
at high intensity. Routine is the enemy.We programme in a way that is
encounter in the back country whilst hunting-we employ this constant
Intensity is essential, Andre says, and is a fast track way for people to
"improve work capacity and power output. Completing more work in less
The nature of backpack hunting is that you have to take everything
you need with you, and more often than not the animals we hunt are found time is the aim". It's a form of strength and conditioning sometimes adopted
in some of the most remote,wild, gnarly and unforgiving corners of New
Zealand. As a result, not only do you have to reach these places, you also haveAndit's that sort of fitness which can sometimes make all the difference
to function and think at a high level when you're in there, and then return
home in one piece once you've harvested your meat and bone. Fitness has
played an important role in the way I hunt, especially on some of the longer you can contact Andre via email:www.crossfit3216.co.nz or follow him on
trips I do, and it's something I don't overlook.
When training for these kinds of hunts Andre utilises a functional
constantly varied high intensity style of strength and conditioning with an
applicable and "real world" transfer over into a backpack hunt type scenario.
Andre believes that fitness training should prepare you as much as
possible for the sort of stimulus you are likely to encounter when hunting
whether it's the high peaks of the south or steep hills in the north.
Having a good cardio-respiratory and aerobic endurance base is a key
component, he says
That can involve trail running, walking with a loaded hunting pack
rowing, cycling,and swimming, just to name a few. In conjunction with
developing a good "engine" from endurance/cardio work, high intensity
and functional strength training is used to develop a holistic strength
and skill base. In the gym Andre prescribes a form of training that aims
to use the whole body. For example, the bicep curl is fine for building
big biceps, but isn't very functional or transferable on the mountain
by special forces operatives to improve fitness and resilience.
to the success and survival on a back country hunt.
If you'd like to inquire about a hunting-specific training programme
aving a good cardio-respiratory
and aerobic endurance base is
or in the outdoors on a hunt.
a key component"
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