C.B. James (CBJ)

C.B. James (CBJ)
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Corey B. James, "the Original Weatherbyman"
I have been engineering cutting-edge hunting rifles and components since 1996... Known as "the Original Weatherbyman", makers of custom Weatherby Rifles. Now we also customize archery products! My passion is to develop some of the fastest weapons made. We assist bow manufactures starting out with state-of-the-art designs (theirs!) We improve and build custom release aids, sights, grips and other goodies to eliminate 100% bow torque advantage over the competition. We engineer trick devices in T6061 and Carbon Fiber extreme-special one-up designs only available at WCG, Inc.
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13 February 2011

Isometric strength training for archery

Isometric strength training for archery increases your arm and back strength that you need to be an effective archer or a archer-bow hunter. 

Most professional sports teams utilize strength training as part of their conditioning program.

Progressive resistance, strength or isometric training is a necessary part toward becoming a highly accurate archer.

Strength training for archery will yield many benefits such as improving your aim and your draw weight, thereby increasing your arrow flight speed and increase the distance at which you can take down your intended quarry. Strength training will enable you, if you are a bow hunter, to go after bigger game like, Elk and Bear.

There are many ways to increase your strength for archery. There are some archery exercisers sold on the market today such as the Bowfit that can provide you a decent workout.

This archery exerciser is very low in cost but unfortunately only allows you to train in one specific movement to build the archery arm but does not address the entire muscle groups involved in archery.   Isometric strength training is a key element toward improving your accuracy and your draw weight.

To become better at Archery it's important that your exercise routine include exercises that are "Sport Specific" as well as strengthening your core muscles.

You will get the maximum results from a strength training program if you perform exercises that closely mimic the actual sports movement, not a generalized exercise program.

It is vital to strengthen all of the supporting muscles. Such as, shoulders, chest, stomach, trapezius muscles, biceps and triceps. By strengthening your entire upper body and your legs you will have a stronger base from which to shoot from.

The quickest method to increase archery strength is by using isometric exercise. Isometric exercise is a training protocol that has been established in bodybuilding for a long time now.

Further, isometrics have been used for rehabilitation exercises for years. Isometric exercise has the advantage of increasing muscle and ligament strength, both at the same time.

Strength gains from isometric exercise have been very well documented. Increases in strength of 300% in as little as four weeks are possible. What this means to an archer or bow hunter is that you can quickly improve your aim and draw weight for that up and coming archery season or continue to increase strength by working out all year long.

If you are not familiar with isometrics here is a quick example of an isometric exercise that you are now performing. When you draw your bow and hold it steady to aim it, you are utilizing isometrics.

The simple act of holding the drawstring in is in essence what increases your strength... this is isometrics, not so hard to do with todays modern compound bows as the let-off is exceeding 80% and therefore do not require great strength to "hold the draw".  Isometric tools are required like the Bowfit trainer vs. just practicing with you bow on a daily basis.The Bowfit trainer is an isometric piece of exercise equipment that when properly used will give maximum results in a very short time.

The best of course is an isometric exerciser but you can also use a good set of resistance bands in lieu of a Bowfit. One of the advantages of these two pieces of exercise equipment is that you can exercise your total body as well as perform “archery specific” exercises at a very low cost.

To continue to work for maximum draw strength in conjunction with the Bowfit, I highly recommend the ISO7 Exerciser. 

The combination of the ISO7 + The Bowfit Safari Trainer will have you increasing your strength, draw weight, speed and accuracy in as little as 4-8 weeks in most cases. 


weatherbyman said... - Yes Isometrics works!

Corey James

Rissa West said...

This is my guy! I know first hand these exercises really work! It rocks! CBJ I will always be here for you and I love you very much! YOU ROCK!

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