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Hello folks, I'm new to TAS but not to Traditional Archery. I had to have major surgery in my string hand shoulder and under arm (cancer). I'm afraid that I've also lost the most of my muscle there. 

My question is whats the best way to regain my strength, or at least enough to shoot a legal poundage bow (40lb min.). I have a 45lb recurve which is my lowest poundage bow after that 50lb-60lb recurves and longbows.

Any suggestions and advice will be much appreciated. 
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I too had surgery recently and lost much of my strength.  I found I couldn't draw my 48# bow half way.  I've been practicing with that bow everyday.  I'd draw it as far as I could 3 times.  Now, 3 weeks later I'm back to full draw but it's hard.  I few more weeks and I'll be there.  

I don't know how severe your surgery was.  If you do have muscle loss you should speak with your surgeon.  Explain to him what your intent is and your goal and follow his instructions.

Good luck,


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After you speak with your medical professional, try this.

Buy a set of exercise bands or some surgical tubing. Hold one end of the band under your hand on the grip. Run the other end behind the string, around to the grip, and place that end under your hand. Draw the bow. You have increased the draw weight by whatever the resistance of that band is.

You can use it easily, as often as you want to, and you don't have to buy another bow, or set of limbs. You can alos shoot arrows using the same configuration.

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Beyond the sage advice of “sloooooowly”, I’m an advocate of general activity and ultimately cross-training your archery muscles. Meaning daily strengthening your core muscles, deliberate exercises to purposefully strengthen major and tangent (Archery) muscle groups, swimming, and regularly doing manual chores like general yard work. You get the idea.

If you are really committed and can self discipline, try a 3-month subscription to I did so after coming off a non-archery related injury a couple years back, Christian’s methodology and exercises work. Money well spent on yourself, imho—especially given your circumstances. 

good luck!


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Three Rivers sells a product called the Bow Trainer

it’s not much more than a piece of pipe with surgical bands connected but you can use different combinations of the bands for different weights it sounds hokey but I think it’s actually a pretty cool product


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As has been written, go slowly and develop a gradual but steady plan to slowly strengthen your upper body. Check everything with the doctor and/or therapist. Don't expect overnight success so don't cut corners. Exercise equipment sounds like good advice. Or, you could do like I did. I went from 58# to 78# literally overnight, but I would not recommend this, as I have had surgery on one shoulder and need it on the other. Seriously, take you time and proceed cautiously. Good luck.
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Timking’s advice is a good one. I have been using the bow trainer for years. Like was said above start light and work up in poundage. Remember to work our weak side too, it keeps your back better in line. As a rule I never shoot a bow that I cannot draw with my weak side.

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Check this video

Start slow and light weighted until you get back in shape

"Practice not until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong." - Unknown
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