Alright, let’s talk off-season training. During the months that we aren’t climbing up into our treestands, it’s important we don’t get complacent. There’s always room for improvement, whether it’s becoming a better shot or increasing the poundage on our bow, hopefully this video will help you out.
The first video shows a great drill to improve core strength and stability. Your core is so important when shooting your bow. It helps keep you steady and shoot more accurate groupings on target. For safety reasons, we recommend you start slow with this drill and then work your way up.
First, you’ll need a big stability ball, and a lot of space to perform this drill. Practice sitting on the ball on your knees and finding a good solid balance – this might sound easy, but it will take some practice to move on to the next step.
Once you feel like you’ve conquered that exercise, grab your bow and practice drawing while balancing on the ball – still no shooting!
Only when you feel confident, begin shooting your target while stabilizing on the ball. Do this drill all summer and you’ll be shooting some super-tight groups this fall!
(Don’t pay attention to the corny music in this video; feel free to mute this one.)
This next exercise will help you easily increase the poundage on your bow.
Now, this drill is for everybody regardless of how heavy you can pull back because, as the lovely Sarah Bowmar says, this exercise will help strengthen the muscles that hold the weight, as well as the muscles you use to pull it back.
Why is that important? Well, next time you get stuck at full draw on a deer that won’t budge from behind a thicket of branches, you’ll be glad you added a few sets of this drill into your workouts this summer.
We’ll let Sarah take it away and explain this exercise from here. DON’T hit mute on this video though, you won’t want to miss what she has to say: