That’s about the size of it. Dr. Suess couldn’t have said it any better had he been a spectator at an archery tournament.
Archers are not the most fit of athletes. Oh sure, archers can stand real still. That alone is a skill. But, as a long tournament wears on that standing still part becomes less still. Being fit can help you sustain the still focus you need for archery.
USA Archery sent out the first edition of the Athletes Development Model. In it the authors break down age groups. When the model reaches the 15 – 17 year old age group the instructions includes: Training will include mental, strength, cardiovascular and coordination training. They further suggest strength training along with nutrition training.
That remains a theme for athletes until the age of 60 where they drop the strength, cardiovascular and change it to – May include light strength and coordination training.
Here me now and believe me later, if you are over 50 and are not doing any resistance training like lifting weights you are going to lose muscle mass. If you’re over 60 and have neglected cardiovascular training you’ll be in for a surprise should you start.
You don’t need to be a lean cardio machine to be good at archery. However, being fit at a young age and hanging onto that fitness can pay dividends as you age. Even if you’ve never held onto any general fitness working to improve your health through fitness training is a good thing.