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Mountain_Ghillie
02-03-2009, 01:15 PM
How does everybody get ready for the season . I don't want to get a bad shoulder or any other injuries because of flyfishing. I've read that use a axe is a good piece of equipment during the off season to strengthen your muscles.

flyred06
02-03-2009, 01:25 PM
The main thing that I try and do is run. That way my cardiovascular system is working well when I want to hike into a place, fish and hike back out. Other than that I just practice my casting every chance I get. That alone helps with the muscles that I will be using. I was doing pushups and situps but truthfully got out of the habit and stopped. The main thing I think any of us should do is make sure our cardiovascular system is in good standings, so that we do not go out and get into a really bad situation.

Mountain_Ghillie
02-03-2009, 03:51 PM
The years of cycling alt to come in handy then. I also , mountain bike . How much can you do with Mountain bike in the Smokies to fish ?

flyred06
02-03-2009, 04:19 PM
can not answer that. I mainly do hiking but I know you could probably mountain bike on roaring fork and some of greenbriar. Bike in to a point chain up your bike and have at it. I would check the local postings on these areas before setting out on the bike though.

sammcdonald
02-03-2009, 09:29 PM
mountain biking is not allowed on trails with these exceptions: gatlinburg trail, oconoluftee river trail, deep creek to 2nd or 3rd bridge.....ok on roads (not safe)...roaring fork closed to all traffic (other than foot) 12/1-4/1....

flyguys
02-03-2009, 10:11 PM
thirty minutes on the bowflex five days a week. followed by a one mile bike ride around our neighborhood block. (we live outside of the city limits) tiring but well worth it.:smile:

milligan trout degree
02-03-2009, 10:30 PM
there's on off-season?

weights three days a week and baseball conditioning keep me in fishing shape. Hiking mountains in the summer keeps me in baseball shape. :smile:

David Knapp
02-03-2009, 11:55 PM
there's on off-season?


That's what I'm saying...;) Personally, I do a fair amount of hiking beyond what I do associated with my fishing which helps stay in shape for the long day hikes and backpacking trips I enjoy doing...

flyman
02-04-2009, 02:43 PM
I start every day with my favorite exercise video:biggrin:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y166/flyman1/random%20junk/Richard20Simmons1.jpg

jross
02-04-2009, 03:45 PM
Waterfowling... carrying bag of decoys through the mud while wearing waders and other gear. It's good conditioning for a piddly little fishing rod and flies!:smile:

Milton
02-04-2009, 07:17 PM
I think air squats are good. Just bodyweight squats where you go down until your thighs are at least parallel to the ground, and then back up.

The first time I tried them, last March, I did a hundred over the course of twenty minutes or so. This was on the second floor of my gym, and my thighs were so fried that I could barely get down the stairs to the first floor. One of the gym employees took one look at me and asked if I was alright. :eek: Over the next few days, my thighs were so sore that I couldnít walk down the porch steps without wincing in pain at every step. They even hurt just lying still in bed. My advice is donít do a hundred the first time.

Anyway, after I recovered from that and continued doing them, it seemed like I felt more agile making my way around in a rocky stream, stepping up and down on rocks, climbing banks, etc., and it seemed like maybe my legs werenít as tired as they normally would have been after a day of that kind of activity. I dunno, just my impression.

Just do it like the girls in this video. Piece of cake.;)

http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_TabataSquats.wmv (http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_TabataSquats.wmv)


-Milton

Brian Griffing
02-05-2009, 10:14 AM
there's on off-season?

weights three days a week and baseball conditioning keep me in fishing shape. Hiking mountains in the summer keeps me in baseball shape. :smile:

There's a baseball shape? I'm not sure how long John Kruk or David Wells would last boulder hopping.:biggrin::biggrin:

Gerry Romer
02-05-2009, 02:15 PM
I think air squats are good. Just bodyweight squats where you go down until your thighs are at least parallel to the ground, and then back up.

The first time I tried them, last March, I did a hundred over the course of twenty minutes or so. This was on the second floor of my gym, and my thighs were so fried that I could barely get down the stairs to the first floor. One of the gym employees took one look at me and asked if I was alright. :eek: Over the next few days, my thighs were so sore that I couldnít walk down the porch steps without wincing in pain at every step. They even hurt just lying still in bed. My advice is donít do a hundred the first time.

If you really want to burn up your thighs, try doing one air squat following the "Slow Burn" technique:

With your arms extended in front of your body at shoulder height, begin a downward movement, taking a full three seconds to move just one inch downward. Allow your body to continue downward to the lowest position over the next seven seconds for a full ten count. When you reach bottom, do not stop or rest but immediately begin to return to a fully upright position using the same counting technique - three seconds to move through the first upward inch and seven seconds to return to a fully upright position. Then, if you think you can, try a second one.

If you've not heard of it, the Slow Burn exercise regimen should only be done once a week... your body will need the recovery time!

Mountain_Ghillie
02-05-2009, 05:37 PM
Sounds like skiing would do the same as air squats . More fun !!

rainshaker
02-09-2009, 01:21 PM
I would suggest cycling. Not only can you build stamina and cardio-health but because this form of exercise is "low-impact" you can naturally stay at it for longer periods and use a lot of calories.....not to mention the built-in benefit of transportation ;)

buzzmcmanus
02-10-2009, 01:48 PM
excercise for fishing! I normally try to stay just sober enough to cast.

flyred06
02-10-2009, 03:35 PM
I played the wii tennis the other night and i am not to sure that want count for exercise. It sure wore me out.:eek:

Indianapolis Fisherman
02-11-2009, 07:20 PM
It sounds like you just need some ďgeneral fitnessĒ. In that case, there is no magical form of exercise. The secret is to find something that you enjoy and stick with it. If you arenít having fun, youíll probably quit after a few weeks. I think the people on the message board are recommending things that they enjoy Ė thatís great. Donít get too hung-up on programs/equipment that you see on TV or read in magazines. Most of those people are just trying to sell you something.

Mountain_Ghillie
02-12-2009, 06:42 PM
The reason why i posted this question was their was show on what common injuries happen to people who flyfishing. The study done at the univ. of montana . The put those little balls on you , then film your motion in casting. Shoulder injuries , wrist . They were able to pick up bad habits that allot of us pick up.

sammcdonald
02-12-2009, 09:45 PM
put your hands on your shoulders.....thumb and forefinger together.....lift forefinger of each hand up and down

old tom
02-12-2009, 10:08 PM
I find that a couple of sets of 12 ounce curls every evening keeps my casting arm in good shape.

sammcdonald
02-12-2009, 10:20 PM
just going out to the hannah cabin every day will get ya in shape

MBB
02-13-2009, 09:46 AM
I've never had any problem with my casting arm. I have had some problems with my back after a long day, but I doubt there is much to do about that.

My biggest concern is my ability to hike steep, long trails and still feel like fishing for a full day after the hike. I try to run two to three miles three times a week during the winter and usually will use the stair master during the summer. When I run, I try to use a route that will have an uphill climb. I find it makes a world of difference. As a bonus, it really helps on my occassional grouse hunting trip.