BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- It's almost that time of year as we'll start to see blaze orange and pink return to the woods; and a local program is working to get those hunters “in shape” for the season.
Aside from prepping deer stands or cleaning guns, a few local hunters are preparing for this season with a little sweat.
“To get in better shape, going out to Colorado, I need to be in better shape,” said hunter and participant John Roskos.
The Fitness 4 Hunters program is in its third year in Jackson County, coached by Kathleen Clemons, from the Ho-Chunk Nation Health Care Center.
It’s a fun-light hearted class, for any skill level. Clemons says part of the reason for establishing the program is to help prevent heart attacks among hunters.
“The stronger you are the less strain it is on your heart,” said Clemons, an exercise physiologist and certified diabetes educator. So lifting that deer or dragging that deer, that can be a lot of strain on the heart, but if your stronger that’ll be less strain.”
Each week the 20 to 30 participants meet at a different location throughout Jackson County. Clemons says they do a circuit course training at least once during the 9-week course, that way in case participants don't get out during the season, they can fall back on this routine.
Clemons adds the class is open to more than just hunters, and that workouts progressively get harder over the course.
“I learned I need to do it more regularly because it's a little harder every time,” said participant Furman Newby.
If you’re interested in signing up for the program, click the link to the right. The class meets 2 days a week and runs until the end of October.