This corner of the site is about being fit to shoot.
Archery doesn't exactly push the envelope of human endurance,
or use peak muscle strength. And diet? well, a lot of recreational
archers get by on coke and crisps. Nonetheless, performance archery
demands complete physical control of your bow through days of
shooting, and nearly all top archers and coaches reckon on good
attention to physical fitness. So this corner contains some tips
on physical fitness for archery - what you need, why you need
it and how, in general, to get it.
This is the only corner of the site that literally comes with
a HEALTH WARNING, though. Physical training is great if done properly;
you really can get fitter and stronger, your shooting usually
benefits, and rumour has it that you may even live longer. But
badly or unwisely done, training can easily cause short or long
term injury, and can kill you. These things can severely disrupt
your shooting. So the only unqualified advice about exercise on
this site is this; get qualified professional advice about
physical training before you start, and consult your physician
as well if there is any doubt about your ability to undertake
21 April 2002: Some recent research data suggests that static
stretching during warmup may not be the best thing you can do.
21 Jan 2002: A whole new collection on Stretches
8 August Forward rowing and bent-over lateral raises;
two more important exercises on the 'shoulder training' pages.
23 July 2001 Since March, added a lot of new exercises
for archery, including some body weight and basic dumbbell work.
Go here for a look, and push the 'Abdominals'
'The Back' or 'Shoulder' muscle training tabs for a look. Last
update 30 July
25 March 01: Quite a few pages on muscle use and anatomy.
Go here for a look, and push the 'muscle
use' button (not all the menu items work yet!).
19 Feb 01: Two pages on cardio fitness added to the 'what
to train' corner. There'll be a menu version of that in time,
but there's only a picture placeholder for that right now.
12 Feb 01: Well, this page, for one. Plus the training
principles and objectives pages.