Hi, well the reason I am posting this topic in the Bait, Tackle and Tactics section is because this topic is about getting the Tactical advantage, The advantage of being Fit!
I have been in the fitness industry since the last 15yrs, so pardon me if I notice peoples health before I notice what they have caught or how good their tackle is, you will never see an athlete not do anything for the whole week or month and then suddenly when an event comes up, get up and leave for a sports event, what you will see him do in his time off from the sports event is train, physical training/ sports specific training thats what you will see him do.
Well my clear message to all you Indian Anglers is that if you are serious about angling and you see it as an active sport then you better consider yourself an Athlete and train...
I have seen Anglers just get up one fine day and head out for a long fishing trip when there is a holiday or long weekend, they drive for hours to reach the destination, then walk a mile on the rocks to get to their favourite spot, set up their tackle and after a few minutes of casting heavy lures they are famished, what follows is a much needed cigarette and beer break, then as the day goes by and after casting away in the hot sun the tackle starts feeling as if it weighs a ton, shoulders get sore and the back goes for toss after a decent sized fish is caught, I wonder what would happen if a GT ,Marlin or Tuna were to be caught.
Well the solution to being able to cast all day long from inshore or offshore or haul in the biggest fish of your life time and still have a strong back and then cast and troll again for another big one is simple, just do some physical exercise in the gym or at home during your time off from fishing, all it takes is 30-45 mins 2-3 times a week and please dont make work and family as an excuse as if all the millions of people that workout regularly are single and dont have jobs or business's to run.
Keep the workouts simple at home or in the gym, concentrate on doing some form of cardio(Jogging, Walking or cycling) this is ofcourse going to give you a healthy heart, good stamina to walk and fight fish all day long, for the strength exercises concentrate on your full body as in angling everything comes in to play legs for walking,standing jumping off rocks all day long, arms,shoulders, chest and back for casting and fighting a fish, abs and lower back that form the core support in all of the above.
PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING OFF ANY EXERCISE REGIME BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE MEDICAL PROBLEM'S IT COULD JUST GET MORE AGRAVATED BY CERTAIN EXERCISES.
Let me give you some simple physical exercises that you could do at home as for the guys going to the gym, your gym. instructors can consult you on the exercises to do , I am just giving the exercise names, if you do not know how to perform them just google them and you will find videos and the full info. on how to perform them.
Remember the below home exercise schedule is just a basic schedule and to be performed 2-3 times a wk.
Squats - 2 sets.
Push ups - 2 sets.
chin ups - 2 sets.
dumbell lateral raises-2 sets.
dumbell curls - 2 sets.
seated dips - 2 sets.
lower back extensions - 2 sets.
ab crunches - 2 sets.
keep the repition range from 15-20 per set.
Another angler specific exercise that I came up with and highly recommend is heavy casting, every fishing rod weighs between 200gms to a 1000gms, what you have to do is cast with a much much heavier weight 2-3 times a week so your muscles get more strength and endurance to casting all day long.
All you have to do is take a heavy iron or steel rod, I personally use a 7 foot bench press bar, hold it in the same way you hold your rod and do as many slow casting actions as possible now repeat the same with the other hand also, just to maintain the strength balance in your body, do this casting exercise 2-3 times a week and the next time you cast with your regular tackle the rod will feel like a feather and your muscles will have enough endurance to cast heavy lures all day long...
All the best guys,
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