Having trained alongside athletes for years, I've rarely come across someone as dedicated as a non-pro over 50 who runs over 22 miles daily, lifts heavy weights, and practices bow hunting with an 80-pound compound bow. Balancing this with a full-time job and family? It's nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Given his exceptional dedication and regimen, it's no wonder some might wonder if he's even from this planet.
Here’s a guide with all the details about Cameron Hanes’ workout routine, nutrition and training tips, lifestyle principles for facing challenges, diet plan, and supplements he uses to achieve such success.
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Who Is Cameron Hanes?
Cameron Hanes is an entrepreneur and athlete known for his expertise in running, weightlifting, and bowhunting, earning him significant recognition in the fitness community.
Hanes has been sharing his passion for bowhunting by writing for sports magazines, his best-selling book Backcountry Bowhunting, and appearing in TV shows.
Cam has developed a reputable brand of supplements, gadgets, and apparel, reflecting his deep passion for bowhunting and endurance sports.
Hanes’ fan base on his social media profiles is vast (over a million on one of his social media accounts only), which speaks enough about his Internet status.
- Height: 5ft9in
- Weight: around 165lbs
- Body fat: 7%
- Born: 1967
- Hometown: Eugene, Oregon (Track Town)
- Instagram followers: 1.1m
- Facebook followers: over 404k
- Twitter followers: 52.2k
Cameron Hanes Workout Routine
Cameron Hanes maintains a strict 'Lift. Run. Shoot.' exercise routine despite not being a professional athlete and having a full-time job and family.
Hanes runs at least 10 miles two or three times a day (in total, 1-2 hours every day).
Cameron Hanes starts every morning with a 5–20-mile run on a 1,531-foot mountain top near his home. He also spends his lunch break mountain running. He’s a runner and ultrarunner for a reason - he has run marathons and ultramarathons many times in his life.
After running, Cam Hanes goes to the gym for a full-body weightlifting session (45-60 minutes per day) to increase his muscle size and strength, stay lean, and prevent injuries.
His sample workout in the weight room may look like this:
- Bench press - 3 sets of 10 reps
- Kettlebell swings - three 30-second sets
- One-minute rest
- Squats - 3 sets of 10-15 reps
- Power cleans - 3 sets of 10 reps
- One-minute rest
- Dumbbell incline press - 2 sets of 10 reps
- Diamond push-ups - two 30-second sets
- Overhand pull-ups - 2 sets of max. reps
- One-minute rest
- One-leg lunges with dumbbells (25lbs/leg) - 2 sets of 20 reps per side
- Burpees with push-ups - 2 sets of 10 reps
- Plank - two 30-second sets
Part of Hanes' daily routine includes bow practice to prepare for hunting season, demanding high physical fitness.
His hunting style is called backcountry hunting. He packs his backpack with the essentials for one week and goes hiking at least 10 miles in the mountains.
When he’s caught an animal, which can weigh over 300lbs, Hanes loads his backpack with the carcass and carries it back home.
In the off-season, the hunting training Cameron does includes a simulation of this challenge - carrying a 130-pound rock up and down the mountain - to test and enhance his physical and mental strength.
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“Through physical conditioning you can build your mind and body to prepare not only for hunting but for any challenge you may face throughout your lifetime. During the off-season, I really start emphasizing getting into over-the-top “bowhunting shape,” so I usually hit numerous trail runs and adventure races as well as the relatively tame typical 10K’s and the like.”
- Cameron Hanes
His Workout Principles
As a personal trainer, I recognize that Cam Hanes' awe-inspiring agility, fitness level, and lean physique are a testament to his diligence and rigorous exercise routine.
That’s why he always emphasizes the importance of regular training:
“Through physical conditioning, you can build your body and mind to prepare not only for hunting but for any challenge you may face throughout your lifetime.”
- Cameron Hanes
Cam recommends starting with long, convenient workouts (45+ minutes) 3-4 days/week, then, focus on a hard, fast-paced workout for a single day.
Beyond physical workouts, mental visualization plays a pivotal role. By mentally rehearsing activities, athletes like Cameron Hanes can enhance performance, preparing both body and mind for challenges.
Hanes often emphasizes that a successful workout is not just about physical effort but also about mental determination, breaking it down as 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination .
Here are some fitness and lifestyle tips Cam Hanes shares with his fans:
- Stick to your dreams as your mind is the only thing holding you back from achieving them.
- Set realistic goals.
- Always strive to ramp it up as it’s all about smart and hard work.
- Live in the present.
- Stay consistent, persistent, and disciplined in everything you do.
- Don’t complain. Focus on the positive facts, thoughts, and self-talk instead. Find a community of like-minded people and follow someone famous who can support and motivate you to get tougher and more successful .
- Get a lot of protein for better performance and bigger and stronger muscles.
- After intense workouts, recovery is key. Techniques like cryotherapy and foam rolling, combined with proper sleep and nutrition, ensure athletes remain at peak performance.
Cameron Hanes Diet
Cameron Hanes breaks the night fast, starting every day with a protein drink.
Then, he eats a big breakfast that typically consists of a whole-grain English muffin, some oat bran, almond butter, chia, and hemp seeds.
Hanes consumes plenty of protein (around 200g/day), complex carbs, and healthy fats to keep his muscle mass and high energy level throughout the day because he burns a lot of it running at least 10 miles, lifting weights, and hunting.
Not only does Hanes hunt for sport, but his family eats all the organic wild game animals’ meat he catches. He also drinks lots of water to stay hydrated.
Cameron Hanes consumes:
- Wild-caught fish
- Wild-caught game
- Whole-grain bread
- Oat bran
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Almond butter
- Protein shakes
Hanes avoids consuming:
- Processed foods
- Junk food
- Simple sugars
- Meat wrapped in plastic
- Artificial additives
Sample Meal Plan
To avoid feeling bloated and always ensure sufficient energy stores, Cameron Hanes eats smaller meals every 2-4 hours.
- Meal 1: MTN OPS whey protein shake (2 scoops) with mixed nuts, a handful of blueberries, or a banana
- Meal 2: 4 eggs, 2 pieces of whole-wheat toast with butter
- Meal 3: 6oz of chicken breasts, bread, pasta, marinara sauce
- Meal 4: turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread
- Meal 5: 2tbsp of peanut butter, an apple
- Meal 6: 6oz of steak, broccoli, one sweet potato
What Supplements Does He Take?
For that extra edge, many athletes turn to supplements. From protein powders for muscle repair to electrolyte tablets for hydration, these additions can be game-changers in an athlete's regimen.
Cameron Hanes has developed his own supplement series - the MTN OPS Keep Hammering supplements.
As Hanes says, this supplement line is designed as a “Bare Bone Basic” to provide the body with the necessary fuel before, during, and after workouts so that you can train harder and recover faster, or in his words to #KeepHammering .
The supplements Cam Hanes takes for various purposes every day include:
- Whey Protein - with 23g of protein and 1.5g of glutamine for building and preserving muscle mass
- Pre-Workout with Creatine and L-citrulline - to keep energy for strenuous workouts
- BCAA - containing the 2:1:1 ratio of leucine, isoleucine, and valine to enhance muscle building and recovery time
- Multivitamin - with elderberry to provide all the necessary nutrients and immune system boost
- Energy Drink - to increase mental capacity, focus, and clarity, and enhance performance and recovery
- Nitric Oxide - to give your body caffeine-free cardio, endurance, and performance improvement, and adequate hydration during intense exercises
- Energy-Boosting Fat Burner - with natural ingredients, including green tea extract, cayenne pepper, African mango, and raspberry ketone
High Altitude and Respiratory Support Supplement - to help those who train under extreme conditions breathe easier, relax more, resist stress and fatigue.
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