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George

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Hello, guys.  I am 67 years old and am working on getting the muscles back in shape for shooting.  I would be pulling a 50# by now if I had kept up with my shooting. However, here's the question of sorts.  I have heard that the particular muscles used to shoot a bow develop more rapidly than others.  How long would any of you say that I could be back in shape?  I am doing resistance exercises with bands and have already noticed an improvement.  What say ye?
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You can tie a band around a pole to mock your draw posture. Do reps with that to target your back and shoulder muscles. Imho. Good to meet ya george
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Hello George, I am 73 years old. Didn’t shoot much from Oct.- end of year. My 55# bows kicked my butt for a few weeks. Pretty much about a month of shooting and exercises using my bow. I started back with my 42# bow. Then my 66” R/D LB. Then to my 62” Bear TD. It’s getting easier each session. If I wanted to build up to 65# I would take that bow and do resistance exercises. Both right and left hand. Start slow, not many reps. Try and pull bow to full draw. Then slowly let down counting as you go. After awhile your getting back to your full draw and counting higher as you let down. Did this years ago when I shot 80# bows to stay in shape during work week.
No, I am not a bodybuilder but do visit the gym. Mostly for back exercises as my lower back is shot to heck. I also do exercises for my upper back and shoulders. Nothing strenuous, just to keep what’s there from going South. I also want to stress taking it slow, if it hurts, stop, regroup, take a break. Be patience.

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Should not take terribly long to work up to 50 pounds, but not knowing your current level of fitness, there isn’t enough information to see when you might realize your goal. Lots of variables, among them how fit you are now, your workout routine, and your commitment. Muscles are muscles; those used in archery will develop similarly to others. Choose a good workout regime that focuses on upper body strength, and with dedication, gains should come in good time. Pushups and pull-ups are good for archery muscles if you don’t want to use weights; pulling and holding a bow is a good isometric that should work well. Pull and holdl at full draw, and do it both left and right handed. Gains will come.
Us old guys take a bit longer to get in shape than when we were puppies. Don’t injure yourself.

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All good advice so far. Methinks there are many ways to skin that cat. My personal routine involves a dozen arrows. Typically when I'm shooting for form I only shoot 2 or 3 arrows at a time. When I'm working on strength I shoot as many as I can in a session. For instance I might only shoot 5 or 6 shots the first day and do that 3 or 4 times. After a week I'll try to shoot 7 or 8 and so on until I can shoot a dozen shots in several sets. 
I have to be careful during hunting season to keep shooting as I fall out of shape pretty quickly these days. Getting old sucks.
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"Getting old sucks", that's for sure. I'm 69 and switched to Compounds 40+ years ago. I'm trying to get back to my first love, Traditional archery. It's been a struggle with holding 55#, instead of a "letoff" weight. As others stated take it slow and don't overdo it. I find what works for me, is just draw the bow you want to build up too. Just draw and shoot "with good form", as many times as you can. You'll notice the reps increase and ease of draw, rather quickly.
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