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Physical Fitness for Competitive AirGun Shooters

Started by steveoh, January 09, 2022, 12:19:42 PM

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steveoh

I'm struggling with a frozen shoulder, still. I've decided however to go all out on physical therapy so I can get back to reasonable offhand shooting. I started googling about shooting sport exercises and came across a study. Interesting.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6926526/
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Alan

Every sport requires some level of physical training. Under the correct routine, it is possible to overcome almost any physical obstacle one can imagine. Unfortunately, age is always a factor to be considered. Perhaps the old cliche is close to correct. To wit... "It takes me all night to do what I used to do alright!". At other times, it's best to let go of some forgotten dream or conquest. Rather set your sights on things you can still do. How well you do it, depends on your desire to succeed.

Advice? Plow ahead! You might be surprised how easy it is to cover an acre!
Alan

I have a Hill EC-3000 compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your tank as a courtesy (4,250 PSI limit).

Motorhead

As a Field Target competitor and in my 60's .... seem to still do pretty well among a field of younger and older shooters.

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Steelhead

#3
Age, exercise, denial, and how it applies to the outdoor sports. Here's a couple of things that I don't do anymore due to age and/or physical fitness:

1) Abalone diving. Granted the season has been closed indefinitely but even before that I had to shut it down. Overweight, getting pounded by waves, feeling like I'm going to drown or have a heart attack...all good reasons to not go anymore.

2) Driving a shifter kart. I was terrible at it, never competitive, and I was on a razor's edge all of the time just to stay alive. A matter of time before I crashed big and shattered my legs and my livelihood.

3) Snow ski. Went once and had so much fun I knew I should never go again. It's not 'if' I blow a knee, it's when. Can't afford that for work.

4) Play softball. Did it for almost 30 years. But I rely on my body for my living. That and 9:00pm starts on a Wednesday were rough.

Those are a few that jump right out at me. Common sense and the big picture win the day. Buuuttt...here's some of the things that I do NOW that I thought I never would:

1) Own some amazing and really cool airguns.

2) I still hike miles when hunting and fishing. I'm in way better shape than a few years ago and I still get after it pretty good.

3) Taking care of myself better so that I CAN enjoy the things that make me happy. If I do stupid shit like play pickup basketball, pick up trailer tongues without help, carry bags of cement with bad posture, etc. my back is shot and I'm down for the count. It takes discipline to be smarter than what can hurt you.

I'm grateful for these opportunities and I want to drink up what life has to offer. As far as shooting exercises, walking briskly (or running depending on your physical abilities) and then stopping to take an accurate shot is a great fun exercise. You look forward to the shooting part, so you push forward through the walking part. Just something that I've done and it's worked for me.

I'm just grateful to be able to do things I do and have the wherewithal to (for the most part) know what my limits are, but also to expound on what I'm ABLE to do and be the best I can be at it. I know it sounds philosophical but as Morgan Freeman said in Shahshank Redemption, 'get busy livin' or get busy dyin'  I'm not always successful but I try to be proactive and choose the former. The brain is Velcro for the negative and Teflon for the positive and it's hard to overcome that.
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steveoh

Quote from: Steelhead on January 09, 2022, 06:06:46 PM
Age, exercise, denial, and how it applies to the outdoor sports. Here's a couple of things that I don't do anymore due to age and/or physical fitness:

1) Abalone diving. Granted the season has been closed indefinitely but even before that I had to shut it down. Overweight, getting pounded by waves, feeling like I'm going to drown or have a heart attack...all good reasons to not go anymore.

2) Driving a shifter kart. I was terrible at it, never competitive, and I was on a razor's edge all of the time just to stay alive. A matter of time before I crashed big and shattered my legs and my livelihood.

3) Snow ski. Went once and had so much fun I knew I should never go again. It's not 'if' I blow a knee, it's when. Can't afford that for work.

4) Play softball. Did it for almost 30 years. But I rely on my body for my living. That and 9:00pm starts on a Wednesday were rough.

Those are a few that jump right out at me. Common sense and the big picture win the day. Buuuttt...here's some of the things that I do NOW that I thought I never would:

1) Own some amazing and really cool airguns.

2) I still hike miles when hunting and fishing. I'm in way better shape than a few years ago and I still get after it pretty good.

3) Taking care of myself better so that I CAN enjoy the things that make me happy. If I do stupid shit like play pickup basketball, pick up trailer tongues without help, carry bags of cement with bad posture, etc. my back is shot and I'm down for the count. It takes discipline to be smarter than what can hurt you.

I'm grateful for these opportunities and I want to drink up what life has to offer. As far as shooting exercises, walking briskly (or running depending on your physical abilities) and then stopping to take an accurate shot is a great fun exercise. You look forward to the shooting part, so you push forward through the walking part. Just something that I've done and it's worked for me.

I'm just grateful to be able to do things I do and have the wherewithal to (for the most part) know what my limits are, but also to expound on what I'm ABLE to do and be the best I can be at it. I know it sounds philosophical but as Morgan Freeman said in Shahshank Redemption, 'get busy livin' or get busy dyin'  I'm not always successful but I try to be proactive and choose the former. The brain is Velcro for the negative and Teflon for the positive and it's hard to overcome that.

That's quite a list. Yeah denial.

I raced motocross in high school. Got pretty good and climbed the ranks of Novice, Junior and Expert. As a Junior I won every race I ran. Won rider of the quarter for that and got promoted to Expert. But towards the end I had a couple nasty wrecks that hurt bad, one of my best friends ended up in hospital with a concussion, and an Air Force guy we raced with had a horrible wreck that paralyzed him from the neck down. Kinda took away my go fast gumption. Last time I was in Florida my wife kept prodding me to get on the Yamaha 450 dirt bike that was at the farm and I said nope nope nope.

Raced bicycles for a while and I no longer have the lungs, legs or ass to do that.

All through the 80's played drums in a series of bands, often playing four 45 minute sets of fast hard hitting punk. Nowadays after five minutes I'm out of breath.

Ah youth....

Still, I'm pretty sure I can this shoulder back to at least 90%. Sure gonna try.
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Alan

Since we're all letting it hang out as it were...

I was never any good at any competitive sport. Yet, I took phys-ed all 4 years of high school. But I did hunt! Traipsing around the high country of Colorado would have been difficult if I was a typical flatlander—fat, dumb, and ugly!

I can't speak for Kevin, but age has taken my beauty, and sin has left its sad scar! But, I just don't lay around felling sorry for myself. I do what makes me happy. And God knows, living through the current state of affairs, is trying enough, without lamenting about what you used to do!

Alan

I have a Hill EC-3000 compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your tank as a courtesy (4,250 PSI limit).

Frank in Fairfield

For 42 years I sat on my ass talking to idiot pilots trying to keep aircraft from occupying the same airspace.
I did that at 7 airports and military bases here in the USA and in five other countries including 5 years behind the Iron Curtain in West Berlin.
Now I sit on a bucket or at a bench shooting field target and silly wet 3-5 times a month.
At 76, with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and Type II Diabetes (Thanks to gardening activities in Vietnam), I am more active than most my age.
When I go to the hospital I see folks that are in very bad condition.
During the past 9 months I have had 7 ultra-sounds, echocardiogram and a colonoscopy. I saw the skin doctor and the urologist. I have the three shots for the Chinese pandemic, shots for the flu, shingles and pneumonia.
My son wants me to join him on a motorcycle trip to the four corners of the lower 48. No, not that one. The ones in Florida, Maine, Washington State and San Diego...About 11,000 miles...Thinking about it.
If you are worrying about death or dying, you are already dead.
Remember you will be dead a lot longer than you fare alive..
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Steelhead

Well put, Frank. For whatever reason, we're trained as a society to think of ourselves in a negative light. We all do it. My daughter, who has always been a stocky girl, put on a lot weight after her second child. Last year she committed to getting in better shape and dropped over 70 lbs.  Even with that amazing achievement, when getting a compliment, she still says, 'Yeah, but I still have a long way to go'. Dammit!! Why can't we see the good in ourselves without feeling the need to cast shade?

Steve, be proactive and do your part in getting your shoulder better (perfection may be unattainable, but manageable would be an improvement for sure) but in the meantime remember what you CAN do. You're a cancer survivor who still traipses the field for turkeys, can enjoy shooting outings, takes his boat on 80 mile solo journeys, etc.  You've overcome waaaaay more than a bum shoulder. Keep working on the things you can but enjoy the things you can still do now. A shooting stick to rest the gun on is a heck of a lot better than not shooting at all. ;)
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Frank in Fairfield

DITTO

BTW..Just back from a walk (to the mailbox).
A large flock of turkeys in the hood.
Some 10-12" beards..
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Crosman 1720T
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Bug-a-Salt

Alan

Oh Frank, don't get Kevin salivating! I am convinced that Kevin eats, sleeps, and dreams struttin' toms!
Alan

I have a Hill EC-3000 compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your tank as a courtesy (4,250 PSI limit).

Steelhead

I'm a spoiled turkey hunter. Growing up on private property can make one forget how hard it is for non-property owning/leasing hunters. I can see turkeys darn near every day. I also belong to a shared-access hunting/fishing club and I see what members go through to hunt (turkeys, deer, ducks, pigs) and coveted spots are. I can just hop out of the house and get it done and that is a huge privilege.

Whenever I see the turkeys now, they are all groups of mature toms in huge 30+ bird flocks. Haven't seen a hen or a jack since November.
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FX Impact MKII .25
Benjamin Discovery .22
Benjamin Prowler .177
Texan .50
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