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Fitness for shooters
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 Posted: Sat Aug 23rd, 2014 10:32 PM
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Anyone have a good exercise routine to help shooters?

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 Posted: Sat Aug 23rd, 2014 10:51 PM
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hold your breath, squeeze the trigger and get the kids to drag your critter to the pick-up.(sounds real good to me on exercise)lol, 86



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I don't have any specific routines, but general fitness, both muscle strength and cardio, can't hurt at all.

As I near the 60's I have noticed that muscle strength is not what it was so I try to work on that especially upper body. I feel it helps me tire less quickly if I am trying to keep either handguns or long guns on aim. In winter months it is a set of dumbells. In the summer, its more work outdoors.



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 Posted: Sun Aug 24th, 2014 01:59 AM
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1. Pick up 12 ounce beer can in right hand.
2. Raise can to mouth, take one swallow.
3. Repeat until empty.
4. Follow with left arm workout in same manner.

In a more serious vein, walking is about the best low impact exercise you can get. Tones muscles, works respiratory and cardio systems. Doesn't pound your back, doesn't strain muscles. Unless you are in really bad shape, there isn't a downside.



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 Posted: Sun Aug 24th, 2014 06:39 AM
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+1on Charly's sage advise. After working up to a 45 minute walk at a brisk pace I added an empty ALICE pack. Then slowly increased to 60 min humping 25 lbs. My 60 yr old arse complains but I ignore it.



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Fantastic. Looks like I've got a fridge full of exercise. Haha.



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buffalo will, did you draw some tags that you have to get in shape for? 86



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win 86 wrote:
buffalo will, did you draw some tags that you have to get in shape for? 86

No, no, just looking to shoot better off hand and in general.



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Walk a lot, shoot a lot, hire a good guide.



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Walk, bicycle and swimming is what my doc recommends and I do as much as I can. And the gym as often as I have the time for. For shooting, how about trigger finger curls while watching a movie, lol.



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Maybe not finger curls, but dry firing at the TV set will help for sure. Just put in one of the dummy rounds with a spring loaded firing pin. When I was handgun shooting competitively I used to dry fire at the toggle switch for the lights across the room. It improved my shooting a bunch.



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Swampshooter - that's a really interesting idea. Do you think you learned better muscle memory without the recoil?



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Yes, you learn better trigger control without the recoil by noting where the sights are when the hammer falls. But live fire is also necessary. Some shooting coaches claim that a mix of 90% dry fire to 10% live fire is good. That's also what I teach. It's good to know that a lot of good quality shooting practice can be done without ever going to the range. Number 3-5 plastic drywall screw anchors can be used to cushion a 22 LR firing pin fall. Other calibers dummy rounds, 38, 45, etc. can be purchased commercially with spring loaded plungers in place of primers to cushion firing pin fall.

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I have a .223 bolt action with snap caps. But good to know about the drywall anchors for my .22LR !



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EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OVER 60
Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of
room at each side.

With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out
from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach
a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit>>
>longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.

Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where>>
you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for
more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag



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A lot of good routines out there.  I personally like the Starting Strength routine which is comprised of a handful of core exercises and doesn't take forever (in the past when I had less equipment I did most of these exercises with bands or dumbbells with light to moderate weight and still got a lot of benefit).  Scoliosis runs in my family and if I don't want to hurt everyday I need to work out.  When shooting I do notice a fairly significant difference in accuracy when I do not have a rest of some sort.



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We all notice a fairly significant difference in accuracy when we don't have a rest of some sort. You're not alone.



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That was meant to apply in context (i.e. I notice a big difference shooting unsupported when I do not workout for some time vs when I do).  Most of my pistol shooting is done unsupported with fairly heavy revolvers (usually 40 ounces or more unloaded) so the improvement is rather significant for me.

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