Training for archery

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    Nov 26, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    I've recently taken up archery and I'm loving it! I do, however, want to increase my draw weight. Anyone know any exercises I can add to my normal routine to help that along?
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    Nov 26, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    A skill like archery requires more control than strength. Not to say that strength isn't really important. But muscle control and a lot of practice is primary.

    Outside of that, a generalized upper body workout alternating with your archery practice will counterbalance each other well. After 3-6 weeks of the generalized workout, you should then be able to determine which muscles need extra work because you will notice, because of your archery practice, that certain exercises are easier (i.e lateral dumbbell lifts with your right arm) and so you can increase weight or reps to accommodate that change. (reps for control, or weight for strength, chose one first and try it for 3-6 weeks and determine if that has a positive effect on your archery)
  • calibro

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    Nov 26, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
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    Nov 26, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    Bromoflexual saidI've recently taken up archery and I'm loving it! I do, however, want to increase my draw weight. Anyone know any exercises I can add to my normal routine to help that along?

    Pull ups may help. I got an "A" in my college archery course. But draw weight is just one aspect - absolute steadiness is more important to accuracy. Matching your bow to your strength is critical. If you tremble because your bow is too strong for you then you'll never attain consistent accuracy.
  • Matty_ZA_89

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    Nov 26, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    I'd love to get into archery myself. How did you start?
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    Nov 26, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    Matty_ZA_89 saidI'd love to get into archery myself. How did you start?
    http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Archery/Programs/Get-Started-In-Archery.aspx
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    Nov 26, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
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  • hawkeye7

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    Nov 26, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    Matty_ZA_89 saidI'd love to get into archery myself. How did you start?

    me too....aside from the good looking guys it was so much fun as a kid
  • Kel_

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    Nov 26, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
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    Nov 28, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    hawkeye7 said
    Matty_ZA_89 saidI'd love to get into archery myself. How did you start?

    me too....aside from the good looking guys it was so much fun as a kid


    I looked up a local archery range and saw they did adult beginners classes. They taught me all the basics and were good about checking my form.
  • Matty_ZA_89

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    Dec 16, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    I had my first archery lesson yesterday, was an introductory class but it was really awesome. I just Googled local clubs, called one and it was done. I'll be starting real lessons next year! icon_smile.gif Psyched.