Building a training plan and self-coaching

Shooting arrows is fun. It is easy to grab your bow, head to the range, and fling arrows.  You will improve by flinging arrows.  However, it isn’t really a training plan.

Having a plan with specific goals will help you improve and probably get better end results than ad libitum shooting.

If you’ve never followed a training plan it can seem somewhat over the top to create a plan and follow your plan.  There are plenty of archers whose plan is to shoot their bow 3 to 5 times a week.  One archer explained his training plan consisted of shooting 30 arrows 5 times a week. Perhaps, for him, that was perfect.

If you go online you can quickly find training plans for running, cycling, and triathlon. Along with those plans you’ll be invited to sign up for online coaching.  A top online coaching program is offered by Carmichael Training Systems.  These programs are great if you have the discipline to follow the program.

Online training systems are available for archery.  Archery is more difficult since form is so critical for high-level performance.  All sport coaching can be optimized when a skilled coach is available to watch the athlete.

Many athletes are self-coached. Finding a coach, making schedules and forking out coaching fees are all factors in athletes self-coaching.  It isn’t just amateur athletes that self-coach.  Chrissie Wellington, multiple winner of the Ironman World Championship, and undefeated at the Ironman distance dropped her coaches and continued to win – self-coached.

Self-coaching can work but not without a plan.  Certainly, shooting arrow after arrow will help you improve to a point.  Beyond that, if you are going to self-coach you need to make a plan as if you are the coach and the athlete, in your case, is you.

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