Tree planting is very physically demanding and can lead to injuries in the unprepared. The Fit to Plant program will keep you from getting hurt and help you plant hard all season long. Planters who followed this program planted 12.5% more trees and suffered 40% fewer injuries and illnesses than untrained planters.
Most planters slow down as the day progress. Planters who used the 8-week pre-season fitness program were able to sustain a higher planting rate all day long. If you want to plant a lot of trees it’s also critical to stay hydrated and keep yourself fueled up with the right foods at the right time. Download the Top Ten Tips booklet to get started.
Fit to Plant Training Program
The Fit to Plant Training Program is based on Sports Science techniques and is specific to the types of movements used in planting. While any fitness program will help, the Fit to Plant program is efficient and very effective. Most workouts are under 30 min. So put in a little time every day before the season starts, and cash in when you get your pay cheque. Watch the video and download the Fit to Plant Training Program.
Power Planting Nutritional Program
Do you want to plant hard all season without getting hurt? Eating right can help you plant fast today, and then do it all again tomorrow. The Power Planting Nutritional Program is based on sound principles of sports nutrition. It will show you how to keep yourself fueled up for optimal performance and recovery.
The Desperate Planter's Programs
If you've been busy with school or travelling and have just been hired to start planting in less than a month, this program is for you. Even if you've let your fitness slide, the Desperate Planter's Programs can whip you into planting-ready shape and keep you injury free. Check out the Desperate Planter's Last Chance Program for a quick fitness boost and the Wrist Maintenance Program and Knee Maintenance Program to protect these vulnerable joints.
Got a Sore Wrist?
Planting places huge demands on your body, and one of the most likely joints to show the wear and tear is the wrist. Both rookie and veteran planters alike can lose their season to this seemingly minor injury. But don’t ignore the early warning signs!! If addressed immediately most of the time you can prevent it from getting worse. Ignore it, and it is sure to shut your planting season down. Learn more about tendonitis and how to protect your wrist with the Desperate Planter’s Wrist Maintenance Program
Knee Maintenance Program
The knee is a joint that takes a lot of abuse during planting. Learn how to prepare your knees for the season, and what to do if your knees get sore. Packed full of useful information, don’t miss this essential resource in the Desperate Planter’s series, Knee Maintenance.
Back Up Your Back
The low back takes a huge load during planting, if yours doesn't hurt yet you can pretty much guarantee that it will be tired and achy at some point during your season. Don't let fatigue turn into something that will plague you day in and day out. The newest pamphlet in the Desperate Planters Series will provide you with some simple exercises that you can do to prepare your back before the season starts as well as strategies to make sure your back stays pain free all season long. Download the Desperate Planter's Back Maintenance Program.
Fit to Plant is based on the findings of a research study that evaluated 60 planters on 4 different contracts slamming trees into the ground in Alberta and British Columbia. Read about the physiology of planting and the biochemical changes that result due to the very strenuous work. You can also view the research reports
on the effects of the Fit to Plant training and nutritional programs.
A Collaborative Project
The Fit to Plant materials have been made possible by collaboration between Weyerhaeuser Company Limited and The Forest Industry Safety Association of British Columbia. Funding for the research projects was provided by Weyerhaeuser Company Limited through the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada and the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta. Products were supplied by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Thera-Band , and CamelBak. Thanks also to all the tree planters and contractors who gave so generously of their time, blood and sweat.
For more information or to sign up for the Fit To Plant Program, contact Delia Roberts at 250.365.1388.