Fit For Fishing
By Cory Shidler
OK, itís been a month since my first article. How have you
done? Do you feel stronger? Do you have fewer aches and pains?
Have you had more energy to carry you through a day on the lake?
Or, have you been less-than-perfect with your nutrition and
exercise? You know what you have done well this past month and
what you need to work on. So letís get refocused with the strength
training part of your anglersí conditioning program with a
training session on the squat.
The squat is a great exercise because it strengthens so many
muscle groups. Muscle groups including the glutes, hamstrings, and
quadriceps. Even the abdominals and lower back are worked. Also,
your balance will be improved for days on those choppy waters.
Just to review from last monthís article, you need to
strengthen all major muscle groups with the following exercises:
Squats, Pushups, Rows, and Crunches. Form is very important!
And, we will cover the proper technique with each of the four
exercises. These exercises should be done eight-12 repetitions per
set with one-two set per exercise.
If you have been consistent with you strength-conditioning
program, you should add one more set this month. You should do
this workout two-three days per week.
You should not feel pain in your shoulders, knees, hips,
ankles, back, elbows or anywhere is! If you do, then consult an
exercise professional to make sure your technique is perfect.
If you still feel pain after consulting an exercise
professional, then see your doctor. Pain is not part of working
out! Trust me, if you have not heard by now "no pain no gain" is a
I have been working out for 24 years. During that time I have
had a few injuries. Luckily, I did not try to "work through" the
pain, and therefore, the injuries have not manifested into chronic
However, a little muscle soreness is appropriate. This is
called delayed-onset muscle soreness or DOMS for short. You will
typically experience this 24 to 72 hours after you work out.
You will recover from DOMS much better if you have good
nutrition and adequate hydration. And, believe it or not, light to
moderate exercise will actually help you recover from DOMS. So
donít use DOMS to skip a workout; just turn down the intensity of
In order to properly execute a squat, start with your feet
approximately shoulder width apart. You should be looking straight
ahead or slightly up during the entire exercise to avoid bad
Drop your hips back and down until your knees are at 90
degrees. Your weight should be distributed evenly throughout your
feet or slightly on your heels.
If your weight is on your toes, then the knees will come
forward of your feet and put unnecessary stress on your knees.
Also, your knees should not buckle in or out as your perform the
squat. It is not necessary to add resistance until you have
perfected this exercise.
Remember anglers, be persistent to get consistent with your
nutrition and exercise program. You will not only be in better
health, but you will have the upper hand in fishing tournaments or
any other outdoor activities that you may enjoy.
And, remember: Always consult a physician or exercise
professional before starting an exercise or nutritional program,
learn how to correctly perform exercises to avoid injury and work
into your exercise program slowly.
Please e-mail me at
cory@CoreFitnessAZ.com if you have any questions or
suggestions on topics related to fitness that you would like to
learn about in upcoming issues.