As some of the boys have already mentioned take it slow when you progress
in pull weight. Start with something that you can pull for at least a
solid hour of shooting and when it gets easy, try to up it over time.
Speaking from experience, here's what I learned 2 years ago:
I shoot a 35lb recurve all the time, I wanted to use a 50lb longbow for
I added some simple pulley-system weight training to my routine. These
exercises mimiced the pull-push motions of pulling a bow. Pay careful
attention to your form or have a spotter do it.
When you have some strength built up, start using the next heavier bow for
a few arrows. Continue using the lighter one to work on form. Do not
overtax your arms or shoulders.
Watch your form and pay attention to your own body. I had to shift from a
one over/two under draw to a two under. Otherwise I created a very
painful tendonitis situation.
I made it to the point where I could shoot the equivalent of 2 royal
rounds with the heavier bow in one practice (with accuracy). It took 8
months of 3 weight workouts a week and 2-4 archery practices a week.
And now, after having a baby, I'm starting back at ground 0 with my 30lb
longbow. I'm not going to try the 35lb bow until I can string it easily.
Banu Shadhra Aliya
> I apologize if this has been treated anytime in the recent past, but
> I'm new to the Yahoo! group thing and couldn't figure out how to
> search the entire archive.
> As a long term goal, I'd like to work my way up to the lower-end of
> the bow weights that might have been used in the Hundred Year's War
> period for a war bow. I'm curious to know what people's advice on how
> easy my current bow should be for me to draw before I even consider
> moving to the next higher weight.
> Which leads me to part #2: how many pounds should do people suggest I
> up the ante? five pounds? ten? go for the gusto (hardly likely) or
> some fraction of the gusto?
> Thanks and I look forward to frequently drawing from the well of your
> collective wisdom.
> Yes, that was probably too much.
> Eagerly Awaiting Your Replies,
> Stefen von Baden