Fitness Components for Shooting
In addition to the high level of skill required to perform competitively in shooting sports, to be successful you need, among other things, good balance, coordination and composure! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for shooting, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a competitor.
You Need to be Balanced
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in shooting. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factor which is considered to be most important by the readers of this site is balance/coordination. You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.
You Need to be Skillful and Balanced
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of shooting, and the most important according to them are: balance/coordination, skill/technique, motivation and coping with pressure. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Shooters, and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
4.5 Balance & Coordination
4.3 Skill and Technique
4.0 Motivation & Self Confidence
4.0 Coping with Pressure Situations
3.8 Speed / Quickness
3.8 Reaction Time
3.2 Analytic & Tactical Ability
2.5 Strength & Power
2.0 Aerobic Endurance
1.6 Body Size and Composition
Are You an Expert?
I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in shooting, go here to add your opinion.