Cameron Hanes is from Oregon. His parents divorced when he was young and Hanes bounced back and forth between them; his relationship with his mother grew strained when she remarried. Growing up in the backwoods, he was always active but he says as soon as he pulled that first bowstring, he’d found what was missing in his life. Hanes regularly runs 100-mile ultramarathons in addition to extreme bowhunting in remote locations. He is sometimes called the ‘Lance Armstrong of Bowhunting.’ Hanes writes about bowhunting and appears on tv programs, sharing his knowledge and passion for the sport, and his Backcountry Bowhunting book is one of the best-selling books on the topic. He also has a supplement line called Mtn Ops. Hanes is married and has 3 children. He has almost a million follower on social media. Hanes is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 165 lbs. His body fat is about 7%.
Cameron Hanes’s Diet
Hanes follows the Dolce Diet meal plan because he says it has given the best results and improved his performance. The Dolce Diet was developed by MMA fighter Mike Dolce to cut weight safely and without feeling tired, hungry or weak. The plan varies based on your health and fitness goals, but Hanes aims for 200 g of protein a day to keep from losing muscle. He also drinks plenty of water.
- Medium Carb 30% 30%
- Low-Medium Fat 30% 30%
- High Protein 60% 60%
Break the Fast With Protein
Hanes starts his day with a protein drink, then will have some oat bran, chia seeds, hemp seeds almond butter and a whole-grain English muffin for his main breakfast.
Hanes eats a lot of protein to maintain muscle mass. Running all day burns through a lot of energy.
Catch & Eat
Hanes does not hunt purely for sport. He and his family eat all of the game that he hunts.
Hanes hasn’t found any shortcuts to success, except to do what works and keep on doing it.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Meat that come wrapped in plastic
Hanes Search for the Ideal Diet
‘I’ve been trying to find the perfect mix of muscle, endurance and fuel for 20 years.’
Hanes on Protein
‘I focus on protein because I need to get plenty. I shoot for 200 grams a day, given all the running I do without protein.’
Hanes on the Dolce Diet
‘[It] has made a huge difference for me overall regarding results and performance.’
Hanes on Health
I’ve always been in decent shape, but we can always get better and I look at my body like a tool to be used on the hunt. The more I can hone and sharpen, the better I will be.’
Hanes on his Hunting
‘Every animal I kill goes into my freezer and feeds my family.’
Cameron Hanes’s Fitness Routine
Consistency Is Key
Hanes doesn’t expect fancy routines or variety. He just gets out there and does what he needs to do.
Make It A Family Affair
Hanes’ exercise routine consists running, using his bow and weightlifting, every single day. Because time is tight, he tries to do at least some these things with his family.
The Sky’s the Limit
Hanes believes the only thing holding any of us back is our mind, and to achieve your dreams, all you have to do is be tough and stick with it.
Every single day, Hanes runs at least 10 miles, often more, and he usually does more than one session. He spends about 90-120 minutes a day running.
Hanes’ second rule of the day is to make time for some bow work. Even when it’s the off-season, he’s always practicing.
Hanes spends about 45 minutes to an hour each day lifting, even if it means missing out on some sleep.
Hanes’ day is always jam-packed, but he doesn’t make excuses.
A Cameron Hanes Routine
Run: daily. 90-120 minutes.
Weight training: daily. 45-60 minutes.
Include the family if you can.
Hanes on the Importance of Exercise
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.’
Hanes on Working to his Limits
I love being exhausted. I love knowing I have nothing else to give.’
Hanes on Overtraining
Yes, I overtrain. I’d rather overtrain than undertrain.’
Hanes on Learning to Hunt
‘To know what success is, you have to fail.’
Cameron Hanes’s Supplements
Whey protein is the choice of pros like Hanes when it comes to muscle building and maintenance. It also helps you lose weight. Hanes makes his own version which contains 23 g of protein and 1.5 g of glutamine per serving.
Part of Hanes’ supplement line is an energy drink that is meant to boost mental clarity, focus and function, and improve performance and recovery.
Hanes’ pre workout contains creatine and l-citrulline which help maintain energy throughout intense workouts.
Hanes makes a caffeine-free cardio enhancement that boosts endurance, performance and hydration during intense physical activity.
Energy Boosting Fat Burner
Hanes makes an energy booster and fat burner from all-natural ingredients like green tea extract, African mango, cayenne and raspberry ketone.
Hanes’BCAA supplement has a formula of 2:1:1 (leucine, isoleucine, valine) for maximum muscle building & recovery.
High Altitude Support
For those who exercise under extreme conditions, Hanes makes a high altitude & respiratory support supplement that help you breathe easier and handle the stress and fatigue of working out at altitude.
Cameron Hanes’s Lifestyle
Sometimes You Have to Sacrifice
Hanes admits he will sometimes miss out on sleep to squeeze in an extra workout.
Hanes believes you do not have to be born tough to become tough. To get stronger, he recommends reading biographies and listening to stories of those who have overcome great obstacles, and to get comfortable with change.
Hanes says too many people spend too much time complaining. He recommends using positive language toward yourself and others to focus on what matters: the good stuff.
Find Your Tribe
Hanes thinks it’s very important to find a strong, like-minded community that will help motivate and support you. Success can be contagious.
Live in the Now
Hanes says a lot of our stress come from reliving the past or worrying about the future. Live in the present and a big chunk of your stress will vanish.
Hanes on Sleep
‘I don’t sleep enough.’
Hanes on Consistency
‘My definition of consistency is just punching that time clock every day.’
Hanes on his Life
‘Essentially, I have no other interests or hobbies…my family, bowhunting or preparing for bow season and work are all I focus on…that is enough.’
Hanes on Preparing for Bow Season
‘I love it. I feel like an NFL athlete working toward the Super Bowl.’
Hanes on his Lifestyle
‘With the bow hunting lifestyle, nothing is given. Everything is earned.’
Hanes on Resilience
‘Remember…that you are greater than anything that can happen to you.’
Hanes on Earning Success
‘A lot of people want to be on the top without ever being on the bottom…That journey is what makes it special.’
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