What exercises exist for increasing your strength in order to increase the amount of draw weight you can pull back on your bow? I was told just push-ups but, is there anything more that can be done?

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From my archery days, you're primarily looking at upper arm and shoulder. Push-ups can help with that, but are pretty hard on your joints.

Shoulders: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/rehabilitation-exercises/free-weights-exercises/single-arm-row

Triceps: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/rehabilitation-exercises/free-weights-exercises/jawbreaker

Biceps: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/rehabilitation-exercises/free-weights-exercises/bicep-curl

I'd be careful to intersperse these with actual draws as well, and to draw with both arms so that you don't end up off balanced. I use free weights, but I've always been leery of highly tailored workouts because unless you know exactly what you're doing you can isolate out important supporting groups.

  • I would add: upper and middle back extensions
    – Kaushik
    May 16, 2012 at 21:12

I don't know how much push-ups will help, since they're working the muscles in a different direction. I started indoor rock-climbing this year at a place with some pretty healthy overhangs, and those work the back muscles in pretty much the same way as drawing my bow. It feels to me like it's made quite a difference.

Also, what's your draw weight and what are you trying to hunt? I'm just trying to understanding what's driving you to want to increase it, or figure out if it's even necessary.

  • +1 - good to ask about the OP's strength, experience, and specific goals. Beginners might get totally different answers than experienced archers.
    – DavidR
    Dec 17, 2012 at 19:45

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