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10-06-2002, 05:56 AM
Just got a new Reflex 60# to 70# pull bow. I am 52 years old and wanting to get back into bow hunting again. The only thing is I can only pull 60#, and that is all I can do not a pound more. My question is there an exercise a person can do to work back up to 70#. Any help or input would would be very nice. Thanks. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-help-green.gif
jim in illinois
10-06-2002, 11:28 AM
Indiana Man, first of all Welcome to JHP!! This is a great place with a bunch of good people and info. Glad to have ya! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif To answer your question, I bought one of these about 2 years ago to use in the off seasonBOWFIT (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jhtml?id=0004832415492a&navAction=push&navCount=3&indexId=cat20026&podId=0004832&catalogCode=QN&parentId=cat20026&parentType=index&rid=) ANd it works great. Best 35 bucks ive spent in a while. Jim
10-06-2002, 01:43 PM
First off welcome to Jesse's page. Excellent site for information.
Just wanted to ask why you wanted to get back to 70#. I would think you could excersize to enable you to pull that weight again, but I would be more worried about hurting something that you cannot excersize. Know what I mean. I am not trying to offend you but there are more things involved with drawing and holding a bow than muscle.
I'm 43, I painted my house this past summer. The one thing I noticed was some pain in one of my knee's that I never had before. I experienced it when repeatly climbing the ladder. Every now and then I notice when climbing to one of my tree stands. I've never hurt my knee but I know it took some pounding over the years playing basketball.
Just curious that's all. I think there should be some excersizes that you could find to get back to 70 #'s. Posisibly repeatedly pulling the bow @ 60 #'s and slowily working it back up to 70.
Either way. Good Luck.
10-06-2002, 03:47 PM
theres no better excercise than shooting the bow. Seriously though you dont really need to pull 70# to hunt. with 60# you can kill anything with a well placed arrow and a good sharp broadhead. your main concern should be on form and accuracy and not poundage. as you shoot more and condition your muscles youll be able to pull your bow back easier but dont overdo it to fast. overbowing yourself will lead to bad form and bad habits which isnt good for your accuracy. if you choose to increase your poundage after shooting it at a certain weight for a period of time only increase the poundage by a couple of pounds(one full turn of the limb bolts). so just concentrate on your form and arrow placement and have some fun. good luck.
10-07-2002, 06:15 AM
Good post OA.
What OA said. I agree.
10-07-2002, 11:52 AM
Indiana Man, 60 lbs is very respectfull draw weight,for instance my bow will pull 80 lbs,but i have to wrestle it around to get the string back,so i adjusted my poundage down to the point where i can draw it back without swinging the bow over my head (straight back pull). im with the others here,get it to a comfortable pull even if its 50 lbs for you,that is plenty strong enough to kill a deer,there has been to much emphisis put on draw weight when it should be placed on form and accuracy,ultimatly that is what will kill the deer.
10-07-2002, 01:38 PM
Welcome to JHP Indiana Man,
Just like the others have said, practice practice practice. The heck with that other 10#'s get in shape as far as form and accuracy and then maybe consider # change.
I draw 62# from a reflex bow and it is all I have needed. I had it at 70#, but reduced it, Im 47 and have bad shoulders and have had neck surgery. It's alot easier on the body for me at 62#.
10-09-2002, 08:15 AM
Ditto on shooting being the best exercise for shooting, and Welcome Aboard!
10-10-2002, 02:31 AM
Lots of good posts here, but I would add onr thing. Shoot at the weight your most comfortable with until you are so comfortable with concentrating on your form and follow through. As you shoot and get comfortable you can increase the draw weight by turning in your limb bolts 1 turn. THis will add 2-3lbs of draw weight. Shoot that untill your comfortable and your form and follow through are still right on, then give the limb bolts another crank, do this untill you get your weight where you want it.
60# is plenty though and willget the job done nicely.
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