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Fitness tips from the MeatEater Crew (Don’t even think about following these).

  1. For well-defined calves and hamstrings, carry a 75 pound pack for 4 hours climbing up into the Brooks range, set up camp, then when you feel like death, carry a 50 pound pack up a sheer mountainside another 2500 feet.  Repeat the next day.  Then carry a bear down the mountain.
  2. For optimal performance, eat 90 percent freezedried ChiliMac, 10 percent venison.
  3. For an extra special 24-hour workout, get covered in poison oak rash and then camp out in sub-zero temperatures.   The itching and scratching keeps you warm and burns fat.
  4. Follow the Rinella brothers through the mountains.  When you stop to ask yourself “Why do we have to go to the top of EVERY peak?”, just remember that you must have been bad in a past life and are being punished.
  5. To fool your stomach into being full, drink one liter of hot rattlesnake broth every night before you go to bed.
  6. Make sure you camp at least 1 mile and 1000 feet above the nearest water source, so that you have to work especially hard to not die of thirst.
  7. Climb an alder jungle gym mountainside in Alaska using only your upper body.
  8. Carry a 10-pound camera in your right hand 20 hours a day.
  9. Everywhere you travel, bring 12-15 pieces of 70 lb luggage.  Carry all of it everywhere.
  10. After a shoot, don’t get out of bed for 4 days.  Recovery, recovery, recovery.

–Dan Doty, Associate Producer