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22 Oct 2015
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By Jimmy Herman

I just want to take the time to congratulate each and every one of you that have participated in this 7 week “Zero to Hero” workout!  Many of you that have emailed me in regards to this program have been hunters that have never really had any sort of consistency in working out, but have found this to be really motivating.  It hasn’t been any easy 6 weeks by any means, but the hurdles you all have been overcoming have been worth it when I have read about the progress you all have made thus far!  If you have been following the workouts to the letter, you should be solid in maneuvering up and down the mountain on your next hunt.

I really hope that this workout showed you just how much progress you can make when you commit to stepping up your fitness level and how important it really is when it comes to successful mountain hunting.

Just think of where you can be a year from now if you apply yourself to every week in the gym like you did toward this 7 week workout!

Good luck on the mountain and keep me updated on your progress throughout your hunting and fitness journey to come!

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Now let’s finish up strong!!



Week 7 – Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 

We’re starting this final week with a mid-level cardio warm up just to put our bodies under load, getting the blood pumping, and the lungs working a bit.  This week’s workout will only be every other day; Monday, Wed, Friday, and Sunday.  This will give your our bodies a day of rest and recovery between each workout.

 Stair Machine                         or                               Treadmill

8 min between level 8 – 11                            10min @ 15% incline, 3.5 – 4 speed

*You’ll benefit most from this warmup by wearing your actual hunting pack or a backpack loaded with the weight of what you will be carrying on the mountain*

Pullups – 3 x max reps

Flat Bench Dumbbell Close Grip Press to Flys – 12,10,8

Split Squats using flat bench – 10,8,8

*use either a barbell behind neck or dumbbells held at your sides*

Dumbbell Bicep Curl to Overhead Press – 10,8,6

Dips – 3 x max reps

Tbar Row – 10,8,6

Incline Barbell Chest Press – 10,8,6

Deadlift – 10,8,6

*use manageable weight and make sure you use proper form*

Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 10,8,6

Skull Crushers – 10,8,8

Preacher Curls – 10,8,6

Abs – 3 rounds

15 V-ups

20 Bicycles

45 second Plank

Run 2 miles for time

02 Sep 2015
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By Jimmy Herman

MRC stretched Fall Gray

3 Rounds of each

Flat Bench Press – 10 to 15 reps ** Use weight that is 60% of your 1 rep max***

(drive the lower back into the bench as you press the weight to avoid injury)

Step Ups – 10 reps / leg

Pullups – Regular grip – Max reps

Squats w/ Resistance Bands or Dumbbells – 25 reps  (keep feet shoulder width with heels on resistance band while holding both handles at shoulder height or if using dumbbells, hold dumbbells at sides)

Dumbbell Curl to Overhead Press – 12-15 reps (choose a weight that you can control)

Flat Bench Dumbbell Row – 8 reps/ arm (choose weight that you can control while keeping shoulders parallel to the floor throughout the exercise)

Wall Sits – 3 reps (Hold 30 sec, rest 15, hold 30 sec, rest 15, hold 30 sec)

Dips – max reps

Burpees – 8 reps

Abs – 3 rounds

Planks – 30 seconds

Sit ups – max reps

2 Mile Run   **  Run your 2 mile loop.  Walk when you need to, but strive to run/jog the entire loop**  Challenge yourself by trying to beat each day’s time.  **

17 Aug 2015
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Growing up in the heartland of America – specifically the dairy state, I was raised hunting whitetail from a tree stand with peak times ranging from Halloween all the way thru the first two weeks of November. As a whitetail hunter, there are many long hours sitting on stand just hoping that with every doe that comes down the trail, a monster buck of a lifetime is following close behind. Spending so many hours in the same area, the woods starts to become like the local bar & grill with the same squirrels, turkeys, and raccoons becoming the regulars to frequent the limbs and trails. At most times tromping thru like a dream 180″ buck.

As a kid, I really never imagined that I would be “swooped off my feet” in my 20’s and 30’s by the love of hunting elk. The more and more hunters I talk to, the more and more seem to have been bitten by the same love bug.

My courtship with elk hunting began the moment I stepped foot in the Bridger Wilderness of Wyoming in 2003. A friend and I loaded up our frame packs, rifles in hand and ventured off into what was my very first experience of what backcountry hunting is. We overpacked of course which we quickly realized a couple of miles in the mountains, but our determination was unwavering. I was in awe of the contrast of what I was used to calling “the wild” and what it really was when I was in the thick of it. We trekked on for another six miles and finally came to rest shortly after dark on our first night in. Deciding to make a campfire lunch and sleep in our sleeping bags under the stars, I fell asleep almost immediately from the exhaustion from carrying everything, including the kitchen sink, in our packs that evening.

The next morning I rolled onto my side and slowly opened my eyes to discover I had slept literally a foot away from a cliff that dropped down several hundred feet. After picking my heart back up from the bottom of my stomach, I peered out across the valley and overlooked the wide open mountain range with large (large to me) lake at the bottom of a draw. It was and is forever etched in my mind. If we never even saw an elk after that, my trip would be complete and I would forever love the mountains and the pursuit of elk. That’s exactly what happened. Temps rose to 80 degrees + and never saw an elk. With only the faint screams of a couple bulls miles away, we hiked back out after several days empty handed, but what an experience!

Fast forward 12 years a much wiser, more experienced elk hunter and now I am finding myself in October, going on a backcountry elk hunt in Montana with, Jeff Sipe of world renowned Montana Rifle Company. Being one of the most precise and accurate semi-custom rifle builders in the world, I was honored to join the MRC team as an ambassador in 2014. When Jeff invited me on a backcountry elk hunt in Montana coming up this October, I immediately jumped at the opportunity.

This particular hunt has caught the attention of some of the most respected organizations, manufacturers, publications, and individuals of the hunting industry today.I am honored and humbled by the support of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (The conservation of elk and population growth), the Mule Deer Foundation (the conservation of Mule Deer and population growth), Leupold (finest hunting optics), Sitka Gear (clothing made for extreme hunting), Outdoor Life Magazine, Predator Camo (legendary extreme camo clothing for the whitetail & mountain hunter), Russell Moccasin Boots (custom hunting boots), and ARC Outdoor Gear (gear for the extreme hunter and everyday outdoorsman) on this hunt. When they caught wind that we were all uniting on this hunt together, everyone jumped on board immediately to show their support.


Not only am I going to be hunting with one of the greatest rifle companies of the hunting world, we will be joined by: Jeff Sipe (VP of Sales & Marketing @ Montana Rifle Company), Dave Wisher (VP of Operations @ Montana Rifle Company), Suny Cheff (longtime MRC supporter and master horseman), Jeff Sposito (Marketing & Communication @ Sitka Gear), and John Snow (Rifles Editor @ Outdoor Life magazine). This will be in some of the toughest wilderness this country has to offer. This hunt will be an example of bringing conservation to the forefront of why we are hunters and make those who may not be educated on why we as hunters choose to hunt the meat that fills our freezers, feeds our family and loved ones, and what roll we as hunters play in the well being and ever rising growth of the elk, mule deer, and black bear numbers across North America.

Everyone involved are hunters and live the lifestyle. This entire team of hunters and sponsors is not only united by industry giants, but it’s a team formed of friends that all share the same passion and values. We all love to hunt and regardless of what you may hear otherwise on tv, in magazines, or on social media; hunting is conservation.


We only have 7 short weeks before setting foot in the mountains of Montana and being from Nashville, I am not acclimated to the elevations that a lot of these big bulls are found; so I spend all year training and preparing for those conditions. There are few fine men going along on this trip that may have procrastinated a bit too long with their mountain training, so I have created a full body workout for them to follow and I encourage you to give it a try for the next several weeks too! This is a workout that starts you off as a beginner to training and will end with you being able to hang with the “fit” guys on any mountain hunt. It’s a crash course bootcamp, “Zero to Hero” style workout. It starts off gradual to wake up those major muscles as well as the small stabilizers that you don’t tend to use every day. If you don’t train before hauling that heavy pack up the mountain and setting foot on ever changing terrain, those muscles (stabilizers especially) are going to get sore and stay sore thru most of your hunt. If you haven’t been training, then you need to follow along with the crew and complete this 7 week program. Let’s get started!


WEEK 1 ” Functional Muscle Wake Ups”

(3 rounds with 30 sec to 1 minute rest in between each excercise)
IE:  1 set pushups, rest 30 sec, 1 set Squats, rest 30 sec, Dips, rest, MT Climbers, rest, repeat x 3
(3 rounds x maximum reps for each exercise)

Standard Pushups
Bodyweight Squats
Dips – chair, bench, or dip machine
Mountain Climbers


Sit ups ( 3 sets x maximum reps)
Planks – (3 sets x hold for 1 minute)

**It is critical that you stretch out for at least 15 minutes after your workout** – Not stretching out can and will cause pain from tight muscles and could cause you to injure yourself..  STRETCHING IS A MUST

>2 MILE WALK carrying sledgehammer. Don’t stroll.  Try and keep a steady pace.

** You will be carrying a rifle all the time with you on the mountain.   The sledgehammer is an over exaggerated “stand in” for your rifle.  Carry it with you on your walks.  Change hands, rest on your shoulders as you would on your hunt.  It is as important to get used to carrying and shifting the sledgehammer on the walks.  Becoming familiar with how that extra weight feels in your hands will help come time to hunt in Oct**

This will be enough to get your blood pumping, lungs puffing, and the sweat dripping this week.   You will most likely be sore a couple days after the first workout.. You have to keep going.  If you are ridiculously sore, do what you can.  The most important thing is that you DO WHAT YOU CAN in that situation.  The consistency of putting in the effort everyday will be a thousand times better than just missing a day.  You’re going to eventually get over the soreness and with each week, it’s going to get easier to be motivated. After 2 weeks of this, YOU GOT THIS and I will bet you’re going to want to keep on working out on a more consistent basis after you finish this program.