Health and fitness are overarching themes of New Year’s resolutions. But it’s not just about looking good in the woods. It’s about performing your best at the archery range, in your backyard, and in the deer stand. So let’s evaluate your progress while there’s still time to prepare.
How’s Month 4 going? Did you pick up a bow and try archery for the first time? Did you increase your shooting distance? Your draw weight?
Warmer weather is headed our way, and so is swimsuit season. But before you know it, it’ll be fall, and you’ll be climbing your tree stand and enjoying a bowhunt. We’re not saying you should look like Hulk in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” But even a little toning, stretching and cardio will make it easier to draw your bow, arrow your target, and enjoy long days wherever your next archery adventure takes you.
Health.com is right. Fitness trends are popping up faster than you can say “fitbit.” But we’re loving the concept of Bowfit. No Limits Archery in Denver offers three levels of one-hour Bowfit classes. Each class teaches physical fitness, breathing techniques, and controlled shooting with an elevated heart rate – good for those clutch moments on the shooting line. The best part? The techniques are taught with bow in hand. The Level 3 class features scored 40-yard shooting while carrying a 30-pound backpack.
If you’re more interested in a do-it-yourself fitness approach, the Bowfit Archery Exerciser is the workout tool for you. Designed by physical therapist J. David Cole, this single-strand tubing with a foam handgrip and nylon-web wrist strap functions much like a wrist-strap release aid. Gone is the fear of dry-firing your bow. Practice drawing from the comfort of your couch. This baby weighs only 0.5 ounces, making it easy to stretch and tone on the go.
The Bowfit provides resistance levels in four intervals from 10 to 100 pounds. Its stretching and pulling exercises help prevent injuries, keep muscles warm, and maximize strength and holding stamina in upper-body muscles.It retails for about $25.
With fitness, even small steps are steps in the right direction. If you’ve mastered the fundamentals and are ready to amp up your archery fitness routine, check out these World Champion and Olympic medalist-approved principles for maximum archery success.
Need a little music to get you up and moving? Start with these 10-minute workouts set to today’s top hits.
Interested in learning how an Olympic archer draws over 4 tons of weight during the course of an Olympic event? Check out this video on Sport Science with Brady Ellison.