Fitness for cow trips

Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by potuna, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    hell, half the guys I see can’t even get into a top bunk much less stand around for 12+ hours. Leg and core strength is key, you don’t need to be Arnold, but you do need to be able to stand and bend your knees.
     
  2. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Along with age comes the worn out parts. Have had both shoulders worked on. Amazing, by the way how effective the right surgeon can be, kinda like Cal Sheets. ;) I have one hip that causes me some grief and mostly from what we do at the rail, muscle aches upper and lower back. But I take some meds, Motrin and Robaxin, two to three times a day when we’re engaged in fishing. I manage.
     
  3. skrilla

    skrilla allirks

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    My gym has a couple Krankcycles I shit you not.

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  4. Tom Honaker

    Tom Honaker Well-Known "Member"

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    I dont care if you squat 900 pounds, and bench 500, If you're technique is bad, and have bad form, and burn yourself out in the first 20 minutes! You're done! I find it hard to believe, with pure strength alone, you can kill big tuna. I'm 6-4 and weigh 220. A year ago, about 240, before Cancer, strong as a ox, with todays rail rods and outstanding reels, spectra, and superior technique. 130 pound women can land cows. It's a way different game today. And thats good for us old farts!
     
  5. potuna

    potuna Unknown member

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    Those meds will bite you in the long run.
     
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  6. d105

    d105 Member

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    Cycling for cardio. Basic calisthenics for strength. If you can maintain a healthy diet in addition to the exercise it’ll do wonders.
     
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  7. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Pete, respectfully, you probably ought to stick to fishing advice and leave prescriptions up to the patient, physician and pharmacist.
     
  8. JohnTFT

    JohnTFT Insomniac

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    Right now I am doing a 17 day and a 16 day back to back on the Excel.

    So I have begun the following regimen.

    Stretching everyday. 30 minutes on the bike.

    Hydration - switched from Duvel Belgian beer to Coors light - more life like for what the boat has.

    Off the scotch - Doing the Crown Thing right now.

    Food - to mimic the boat food - Eat eggs and oatmeal every morning.

    I usually skip lunch.

    Been going to steakhouses twice a week.

    I should be in prime form.
     
  9. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    So, I understand the diet regimen. But why do you sit for 30 minutes on a bicycle, drinking Coors Light and Crown? Don’t you have a La-Z-Boy Recliner?
     
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  10. JohnTFT

    JohnTFT Insomniac

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    I used to go for walks.

    Then I realized I was smoking a cigar the whole time.

    Dont smoke in the house so the bike fits better in my lifestyle when prepping for these things.
     
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  11. sickcat

    sickcat Silverback

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    Never been long range but has been on my bucket list for a while. After reading this thread it has been bumped up at least a couple spots on the list. You guys sound like a fun bunch!!
     
  12. afraser

    afraser I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I keep a 25lb weight at my desk. Finish a task, pick up the weight. Can't stress enough the need to improve grip strength. I keep one of those near my desk too, maybe I'll put one in the truck too now that I'm within 4 weeks of my trip. The cardio is obviously needed. I like that the deep breaths comment. I actually try to take extra deep breaths, over breathing if you will. It really edelays the muscle fatigue. And just before the end game,during the grind phase, I often find it is worth trying to find a way to think of something else to take your mind off the muscle fatigue.
     
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  13. spinner

    spinner Well-Known "Member"

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    if you have ever noticed, about half way through a long trip there is quite an attrition rate in the am and most have trouble keeping up at the end of the day. so it is important to have enough strength so that you do not need to use your strength and you can pace yourself for the duration of the trip and be physically and mentally available for the last few days which are usually prime time for the big fish opportunities. that will minimize your mental errors, like dropping down in line size or not fishing a flouro leader or using to small of a hook or not seeing the danger singns coming before they get there to you or not going into high gear soon enough and or not trusting the crew to help you and giving it to them soon enough to save the fish
     
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  14. pgangler

    pgangler 12Wt

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    "Off the scotch"?? Good God, man!! What are we, Neanderthals??
     
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  15. Bill W

    Bill W tunaholic

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    Aquae vitae
     
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  16. JohnTFT

    JohnTFT Insomniac

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    "Uisge Beatha" Blasphemy to use Latin when speaking about the Scottish invention.
     
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  17. Brad I

    Brad I Common Sense Isn't Common Enough

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    I agree with the others about the general rules for prep and the importance of technique and stamina.

    But IMHO how you manage yourself while on the boat matters a lot too. This helps me:

    1) Get enough sleep

    2) You're on vacation, and you may well eat, drink, smoke, etc. more than at home...but if you do it so much that you feel it, its tougher to spend time at the rail and hopefully struggle with a good fish.

    3) Speaking of spending time at the rail, its true that the more that you do that, the more fish that you will catch. But sometimes you get tired, especially after lunch and if the weather is hot. That time also often coincides with slow fishing. So that can be a good time to take break or a nap if you could benefit from one. A lot of time that also gives you the strength to be at the rail after dinner or before sunrise, so your actual rail time doesn't decrease, its just switched to more productive times.

    4) Just like on land, listen to your body and use common sense.

    5) And as often said here, a positive attitude can overcome a lot.

    Good luck!
     
  18. screamingreel

    screamingreel Long Range Fanatic

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    Flexibility, strength and endurance are all key to effective exercise. Knowledge, technique, positive attitude, adaptability and preparation are keys to effective fishing. Healthy eating, hydration and sleeping always pays off regardless of the activity. Make wise choices and hope for some good luck too!

    To answer your question about exercises, compound movements are best.. Squats, Lunges, Dead lifts, Shoulder press, Chin-ups, etc. Core exercise like sit-ups, twists and leg raises are all good too.

    - Jeff Burroughs
     
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  19. FishRock

    FishRock I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nothing wrong with yoga either. Have a friend in his mid-late 60's who is very competitive, runs and swims everyday. He went to a yoga class with his daughter and left after 5 minutes. Said it was one of the most challenging things he had ever done. And he does not give up on anything. Well almost anything. Yoga focuses on flexibility, core strength, endurance and mental awareness. And those little outfits are just a bonus.

    Like most things in life don't plan to work out a little before your trip and expect much. Good health and function are the result of a full commitment to it all year long. Stay active, eat right and get plenty of sleep. Then fish hard when you can. (At least that is what my doctor keeps telling me.)

    Stay healthy and have fun!
     
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  20. writebrian

    writebrian ... and I'm 6'5"

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    CrossFit... If you can survive that you can survive anything!
     
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