What can I train to shoot a bow with a heavier draw weight?

By Grant Woods,

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Hi,
I am a 13 year old beggining bow hunter, and I was wondering if you have any exercise you could give me to get stronger so that I can to pull my bow back with out as much effort, because right now I'm having trouble keeping my bow steady before I shoot.
Thanks,
Jeremy

Jeremy,

I'm glad you are a fellow bowhunter!  I'm not a fitness expert.  I've read and believe that the best training for shooting a bow is to shoot a bow.  Shooting exercises the exact muscles used for this activity.  I suggest you back off the weight of your bow so you can shoot it comfortably.  This will allow you to shoot more accurately than while straining.  

Shooting a bow that is set to heavy will cause you to develop an improper shooting form.  By shooting an appropriate weight bow you will be more accurate and accuracy is way more important than arrow speed.  As you practice you'll gain strength through repetition! 

Practicing should be fun and rewarding and this will happen if you shoot with a bow that's the right weight and draw length.

Enjoy creation,

grant