What Constitutes a Safe and Effective Warm Up for Archery?

From a blog I follow comes this tidbit:

“What most people do to warm up before a workout actually relaxes your muscles and decreases your power and energy . . . which decreases your performance during your workout, and the gains and benefits you get from it, and increases the chances of you getting injured during your workout . . . because your muscles and joints just aren’t ready!”

So, if you conclude we shouldn’t warn up before shooting I think you are getting your exercise by jumping to conclusions. The key words here are “What most people do to warm up. . . .” The person who wrote this is suggesting we are doing it wrong.

So, what constitutes a safe and effective warm up for archery?

Does anybody know?


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5 responses to “What Constitutes a Safe and Effective Warm Up for Archery?

  1. Archery GB have a comprehensive range of warm up exercises. While these are intended for the Performance Archer, mobilising joints and muscles as well as incorporating movents to prepare for the action of shooting the bow, they could be adapted for the Beginner/Novice/Intermediate archer.
    Tai Chi warm ups (the gentler Sun School) are also suitable for the Beginner and Recreational Archer.
    The quote in your blog is fascinating. What kind of warm up is the author referring to? And just how do they decrease gains/benefits as well as increasing injury.? Me thinks there is a book/video sale behind this!


    • Yep! And being ever on the lookout for useful information I bought the thing … now if I can just remember where I put it …

      We have run a number of articles in AF on warming up and they are all different, of course. But I have yet to see anything other than the usual rewarmed (periodized!) exercises we have seen for years. The guy flogging this book gives references to scientific studies, hence I tend to pay attention to his claims. He is correct in that stretching muscles creates longer muscles that mean also looser joints, which archers do not want. Archery, being a minor sport doesn’t get the attention bigger sports get. This iswhere the archery organizations could come in importantly but .

      Joint lubrication is not an issue for youths but it is a big issue for older archers, which is why is see little to like in the programs I find sponsored by the archery orgs. There should be suggestions for the young, adults, and seniors (as in “citizens”) at a bare minimum and I almost never see this. This is understandable for the orgs focussed on world-level competition audiences, but at the very list a disclaimer should be offered and .

      On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 11:20 AM A Blog for Archery Coaches wrote:



  2. Dave Beeton

    I have always understood that the purpose if a “warm-up” is to ensure that the muscles and joints are put through the movement range that you might expect to use during the shooting cycle. The range and scope of the exercises is not designed to elevate the archer to a high level of arousal, unlike the warm ups of, say, a football or rugby player. They are preparing their bodies in preparation for a prolonged period of very physical activity, whereas the archer is aiming for a more relaxed state of preparation. Aren’t we always told that we cannot shoot well if we are tense and we should be able to attain a stable yet relaxed position? It is much more important to be on top of the mental game, and the warm up should enable the archer to feel that they are both mentally and physically ready to shoot.
    If you have just driven to a venue, gone through the preparation of your equipment, sorted out the registration and inspection, the warm up gives you the chance to unwind, stretch the muscles and work the joints to prepare for the shoot, not to get worked up into a sweat and fired up in preparation for combat! Having said that, I do acknowledge that, in the past, we would have been preparing for a battle scenario, but we are now more of a precision sport.

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  3. New Coach

    >> Does anybody know?

    No, that’s why I come here! 🙂


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