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Fitness for Archery

To many people, archery is not usually seen as a sport requiring high levels of fitness, however archers need to attain a certain level in many aspects of fitness to allow them to perform with accuracy and be able to repeat the actions without fatigue. With high fitness levels the archer can shoot with greater intensity and frequency during training, and to shoot without fatigue during competition. A successful archer requires good vision, hand/eye coordination and balance, flexibility, strength, aerobic fitness and low body fat level.

Of the range of fitness components that contribute to successful archery performance, some are more important than others. You can read out discussion of the fitness components for archery. Visitors to this site consider balance and coordination the most important fitness component. You can have your say too on the poll about the component of fitness most important for success in archery. In terms of all components of success in archery, skill and motivation have also been voted as very important for archery.

Training should be sport-specific, addressing the specific needs of the archer. Training on the range will not be enough to improve fitness, it needs to be supplemented with extra training, such as resistance exercises in the gym and other cross training activities. Here is some more information about training for specific physical attributes that are important for archery.

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Assessing Fitness

Regular fitness assessments are required to monitor training improvements and to determine which areas are best to concentrate on. There are many fitness tests available to test the overall fitness of archers - see Fitness testing for Archery.

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