In Part I, we examined the major muscle groups involved in drawing and shooting your bow. It was clear that muscles involved in drawing and shooting your bow went well beyond your back and shoulders. In Part II, we went over some stretches and movements that can strengthen and add mobility to your rotator cuff muscles, thus improving strength and reducing the risk of injury. Now it is time to look at the resistance training that will strengthen the major muscle groups involved in shooting your bow Continue Reading…
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In Part I, we discussed the various muscles involved in drawing, holding, and shooting your bow. If you recall, we discussed how the back and shoulders were the integral pieces to properly drawing your bow. It is crucial that you understand that your shoulder is a very complex joint that involves multiple bones, tendons, and muscles. While the major muscles on the surface of the back and shoulder are heavily involved, your rotator cuff muscles and the muscles surrounding your scapulae (shoulder blade) are the underlying anchor that holds it all together. If those muscles are weak and fail, you won’t be pulling a bow very much anymore.
When you start getting ready for your bow hunt, what muscles do you train? If you do actually train, you probably focus on your upper back and shoulders. That would make the most sense since those are the primary muscles that are clearly involved in drawing your bow. However, it may come as a surprise to you that your entire body is involved in drawing your bow. To only focus on one small area of your body is selling yourself short in your preparation. If you only train your back and shoulders and neglect the rest of your body, your training efforts will not be as effective as they could be. In this article, we will discuss all of the different muscle groups involved in the process of drawing and shooting. Part II will detail a workout plan that you can implement to fully prepare your body for that critical moment.
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If you ask most guides, they will tell you that the most common reason hunters fail to fill their tag is not due to a rifle malfunction or the wrong camo pattern… The most common reason is that they are out of shape.
Hunting is hard work. Not only are you hiking through hills and mountains, you are carrying a rifle or bow (which starts to feel like a sledgehammer after a few hours), a pack filled with gear, binoculars against your chest, and layers of clothing for fluctuating temperatures and weather. All of this adds up to a load on your back and exhaustion at the top of the mountain.
Hunting is not easy… It is very hard work.
But as we all know, it is well worth the work. Hunting Fit is all about preparation. The more prepared you are, the better chance you have of filling your tag. Hunting Fit means hunting farther, hunting longer, and hunting smarter. When you commit to hunting fit, you can focus on the hunt instead of constantly stopping to catch your breath.
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About Shawn Stafford – Hunting Fit Owner
Shawn Stafford is the owner of Hunting Fit and has been hunting for nearly 30 years. He has hunted whitetails from the South Texas Brush Country all the way up to Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Shawn has also chased elk in the Rockies and Bear in the Appalachians with many stops in between. He is also a fitness fanatic and fitness is a part of his everyday life. Shawn learned the value of combining fitness and hunting when he began focusing on training for his hunts. His hunting success drastically increased as a result. Ever since then, Shawn has promoted the fitness lifestyle as essential for all hunters.
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If you are tired of the treadmill and the stair master at the gym, then you need to change things up. If you have joint issues or experience pain during some cardio exercises, then your options can be very limited. Well if you fall into either of the above-mentioned categories, then the rower is for you. Continue Reading…