Our guy Carl crushes it in Alaska hanging out with the bears!

Carl came to us last year with a mission. He had a goal of being able to trek in the woods of Alaska on a hunting trip the following year, and in September, he finally got to test himself out.

Here’s what Carl had to say:

“I’d like to thank you and your team at On Target Fitness for the excellent work they do. As you know I joined your gym last fall to prepare for a trip to the Kenai Peninsula backcountry in Alaska this past September. I hadn’t done any serious exercise for years and was not in good enough shape for the trip. You began opening your gym at 5 AM to accommodate my schedule. I met Ryan the first day and he developed an exercise plan. He and Haylee then worked with me on strength, balance, and mobility for almost a year.  It was exhausting at first, but little by little I felt improvements as time progressed.

I just got back from Alaska and can tell you that the exercise regime at On Target was more successful than I had hoped. Hiking the steep slippery hills in the Alaskan wilderness with a pack can be a challenge. Bears abound and you need to have a rifle in your hand at all times – not over your shoulder – in your hand. It can throw off your balance, especially when climbing over fallen trees and crossing streams.  The trip was still physically challenging, but I did have the strength, endurance, and balance needed.

I’d like to relate an illustrative story. We were relaxing in Alaska at a small salmon stream after a hike. A brown bear sow came in with her 2 cubs and started fishing about 30 yards from us. The cubs were straying from mom, creating an extremely dangerous situation – if they saw us and got frightened the sow would have have been alerted to our presence and immediately attacked. Alaskan brown bears easily exceed 1,000 lb and can charge at over 30 mph. Alaskan brown bears protecting their cubs are ferocious. They are deadly.  We had to silently retreat lest we disturb them. It sorely tested my ability to tiptoe thru heavy brush, over tree falls and thru a rushing stream.  I have On Target Fitness to thank for being up to the task. I highly recommend On Target Fitness to anyone who wants a gym with excellent trainers. It has helped me tremendously. Now if I could just find a way to stay away from the cookies…….”

Don’t we all want to find that, Carl! Great job, and we’re glad you made it out of there safe!

If you want to see what our Small Group Training program is all about and write your own story of success, you can get started by scheduling a Strategy Session! See you in the gym!

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