Tips For Shooting Better In Archery

The good archers are those who know when to train, when to coach and when to shoot. Coaching and instructing is easy, as most archers do it unconsciously. However, when someone is trying to do something excellently, particularly at a high sporting level, it is important to just focus on the doing. All the archer should be focusing on is his or her form and shooting. When engaging in the sport, all one should do is shoot their arrows into the goal.

Another tip involves achieving balance for a proper follow through. Archers usually forget that when shooting, the bow arm has to counter the pulling arm. Some focus too much on pulling the string back that they forget they need to have similar tension on the other arm. Failure to do this will make the forces on the skeletal structure not to equate. When there is no proper balance, the archer will jerk and flinch when releasing the shot. What one needs to do is achieve balance through working both


Nutrition for Swimmers

Sports nutrition is not restricted to the competition environment. Ensuring that an athlete consumes the right food and fluid before, during and after training will also help maximise their energy levels, provide them with the fuel that they require, and provide the essential nutrients for growth, development and performance on a day to day basis.

Sports nutrition is the principle of tailoring specific food and fluid requirements to an athlete in order to maximise physical performance.

It is not just the elite athlete who benefits from sports nutrition. The junior, age group and recreational athlete can improve their overall health and performance by adjusting both what they consume, and when they consume it.

Sports nutrition is a rapidly developing field with plenty of research produced every year.

While recommended guidelines are available, every athlete is an individual and these guidelines may need to be adjusted.

The day to day nutrition that an athlete consumes is referred to as a baseline diet.



Running With Knee Pain

PFPS or patellofemoral pain syndrome, can effect both knees, though more commonly it is more painful in one knee. According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine PFPS hinders more young and active people, and twice as many women as men. This is most likely because women tend to have wider hips, resulting in a greater angling of the thighbone to the knee, which puts the knee cap under more stress. The symptoms of PFPS are caused by the irregular tracking of the patella (kneecap) in the femoral groove.

The most common complaint of those suffering with PFPS is tenderness behind and around the knee. Some also experience pain on the posterior side of the knee capsule as well. Instability and cracking could also be signs of PFPS. Although symptoms will be different in each case, running on hills and uneven surfaces often aggravates PFPS symptoms.

Determining a single cause of your knee pain can be quite difficult. A good approach to eliminating your pain is having your knee assessed by a physical therapist. Anterior knee pain could

Conquering Your First Triathlon


If the distance is 500 meters to 2.4 miles, consider training for one to two times every week in order to maintain your current fitness level, and two to five times every week for improvement. Some of the biggest challenges you may encounter will include transitioning from training in a pool to swimming in open water, paddling against waves, and swimming one continuous distance.

You have to locate a good position on the starting line. You have to expect to be hit as well as climbed over during the swim since this is a normal part of the race. Experts say that you have to ensure that you take your time in putting on your wetsuit. Also, you must pull the excess rubber up in order to loosen the material around your shoulders as this will provide you with a much bigger range of motion.


When the distance is around 12 to 112 miles, you must train once a week for maintenance and 2-3 times a week for improvement. Among the challenges you might encounter include cycling after swimming, learning to mount and dismount at high speeds, and carrying the bike in

Making Time for Triathlon Training

Schedule your workouts like an appointment

For many business professionals, the idea of training for a triathlon seems almost impossible when they look at their already busy schedule. The only way that I can get any of my scheduled workouts completed is to set aside the time like I do for an appointment. This practice enables me to prioritize the workout, but also move it if something else takes priority.

Make a schedule. I try to look at the week of training ahead starting on Sunday. I want to know what sort of workouts my workout plan has scheduled for the week. I then compare that to my weekly demands in my professional and family life to make sure that I can get all of the workouts completed. Sometimes I may have to place a workout a day before or a day after when it is scheduled and place another workout in its place, based upon the demands on my time. The practice of doing this each week ensures that I am completing 90-100% of the workouts my plan demands. The workout plan is only as good as the times it is used. For example, if

Staying Well During Triathlon Training

  • I got plenty of sleep – One of the main areas that can lead to illness is when the body is overly fatigued and when you don’t get enough sleep. This is a challenge for me with my profession, my second job, two kids, a wife, and many other activities, but I tried to force myself to get plenty of sleep. The average person needs around 8 hours of sleep. I found this a hard number to get to on a nightly basis because many times I was waking up at 4 am to ride my bicycle in the basement on my indoor trainer. To get the requisite amount of sleep I had to force myself to revision the time I went to bed. In years past, I could stay up to 10:30 or 11:00 at night with no problem to get up the next morning. With my increased training though I needed to look at the 9:00 pm hour as the time to start heading to bed. I do not want to give a false impression, because most of the time I still didn’t shut my eyes until close to 10, but there was a streak of

Build Triathloning Success

  • Train to a specific set of personalized triathlon workouts for your best ROI of time to performance results. Continuing to do the same activities will yield the same results. Make your changes starting now.
  • Spend 80% of your effort to eliminate time sucks that impede progress towards your goals. These may include writing workouts, waiting on others to show up for training, analyzing meaningless metrics, eliminating worries that add no value and impair confidence, and other time wasting actions.
  • Pre-exempt troubles, eliminate potential problem areas ahead of time: lack of endurance, untested nutrition choices, incomplete check-off lists, procrastinating on race entries, indecisiveness lodging arrangements, etc.
  • Embrace downtime from work, sport, and social. Your body and mind rebounds stronger after dedicated rest, recovery, and rejuvenation. Breathe deep, exhale, and relax a bit too.
  • Focus on doing new to progress toward your goals. You’re not fixing problems. Fixing is for pets. New workouts. New race tactics. Barrow extensively from successful triathletes further along in their journeys than you.
  • Eliminate regression. Adopt polarity management in your training plan.
  • Training should be a process mindset, not project. Let the sport become part of your lifestyle.
  • Get people to follow you to your sweet spot. Don’t passively find yourself in

Triathlete With 7 Habits

Be Proactive

Do before being directed. Assume nothing but responsibility. Make choices instead of wishes. Learn to be a triathlete.

Begin with the End in Mind

Destination unknown is not an actual finishing line location. Commit to your end point, milestones along the journey, and skillsets needed to complete the journey. Maybe think geographical: local races, regional championships, Nationals, or maybe the end state of international racing. Maybe you think in terms of speed. Decide to go fast with a sprint distance triathlon or fastest as part of a relay leg. If you think in distances: set goals of sprint, Olympic, half, then full. Or maybe you think in terms of things like a pool, lake, then ocean or even flats, rolling/undulating landscapes or bad ass big climbs. No matter how you think, determine your end in mind. Put in writing your personalized triathlon mission in how to start including specific milestones along your journey.

Put First Things First

Swim, bike, and run competition comes after sign-ups, training, and toeing the starting line. Evaluate your “Bonds of Performance” to align with importance of training preparation activities to achieve your triathlon mission.


Swim Freestyle Fast

If you are going to compete against the world’s best, then being tall is a great advantage. The reason for this is because the taller you are the longer you can pull under water with each stroke. Being able to pull further with each stroke means that you can take fewer strokes per lap than somebody who is shorter. This is a great advantage for you as the shorter person would have to either outlast you or move their arms quicker and they are 2 things you could improve also. Unfortunately for them, they can’t improve their height.

Height is not the only factor so don’t despair if you are vertically challenged. Your stroke rate is an important element in increasing speed. Your stroke rate is calculated by how many strokes you take per second. The faster you can stroke the faster you can potentially go. The word ‘potentially’ is used because as with many sports, the increase in speed often increases the chance of inefficiency. This means that there is a greater chance that your technique will be affected by trying to move your arms so fast. The faster you can rotate your arms and not

Finding Swimwear For Body Type

If your hips and breasts have close or nearly equal measurements and your waist is small and defined, you have the hourglass body type, which is the same as Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba. Basically you can wear anything, from a bikini to a monokini, since your body is proportionate. If you are a bit voluptuous and are conscious about your upper body, you could get halter bikinis that are banded around the midriff, so you get the right amount of coverage and support. If you are wearing a one-piece suit, see to it that the straps are thick and the bust area has foam cups or under wirings. If you are a skinny hourglass babe, go for string bikinis with triangle tops or bandeaus. Avoid color blocking though in your ensemble, as this may contradict the proportionality of your body.

Now, if you have a triangular shaped body – meaning, you have a short torso, wide hips and possibly long or chubby legs, it is advised that you make use of a tankini or a bikini top and boy shorts as swimwear. If you do not like the length, you could wear regular sized bottoms instead.

Swim A Breaststroke Race To Victory

Swimming fast is as much about reducing resistance as it is about producing force. As soon as the body moves out of a streamlined position, the water slows the body down. The breaststroke action moves a long way from a streamlined position and as a result is the slowest stroke. As soon as the swimmer lifts their head to breathe, the legs are pushed downwards and the water hits them like a brick wall.

To overcome this problem the swimmer must do what they can to return to a streamlined position after each stroke. This is the key to swimming fast breaststroke. Training should be centred around both generating power and reducing resistance. One of the most common mistakes made by a swimmer when trying to race quickly in this stroke is to stroke too fast.

Increasing the stroke rate to create more speed is crucial to any swimming race. Increasing it too far is a disastrous result for any breaststroker. By stroking too fast the body does not have enough time to return to a streamlined position. The head gets higher and higher in the water and the hips and feet get lower and lower.

Medley Workouts

The Strokes

The butterfly can be a challenge for both beginners and advanced swimmers alike. With practice, the butterfly still might not be your favorite sport, but it can be manageable and a great way to start your IM training. If the stroke’s motions get water into your nose, pair your training with the Finis Nose Clip that features an anatomic design to help keep water out.

The backstroke is often a welcomed recovery stroke, especially after the rigorous butterfly. Really stretch your arms up and out and feel your chest and lat muscles work while swimming this stroke. Focus on getting a good push-off and start from the butterfly into the backstroke to make the most of its time during the IM.

The breast strokes rhythmic timing can also make it a more difficult stroke to master. If your kick is weaker here, try pairing your IM training with the Aqua Sphere Alpha Fins. Their uniquely contoured shape makes them one of the few fins available that works with, and not against, the breaststroke.

Last, but certainly not least, is the freestyle. The front crawl is often the first stroke beginner swimmers learn and the go-to

Hand Paddles Explained

Water Gear AquaFlex Paddles have adjustable fan blades on each side which allow the user to vary resistance level in the water. Their innovative design functions to increase resistance in the water for an upper body workout; however, they can also be used for therapeutic purposes. Try swimming freestyle while holding them, or even submerging to your shoulders and clapping with them for a chest workout. These are paddles you can certainly get creative with!

The Finis Freestyler paddles are the only paddles designed specifically for improving your freestyle stroke. The blade on the underside facilitates improvement of freestyle technique. These paddles glide across the water like miniature surfboards. Getting your elbows up high is important for freestyle swimming, and these paddles were designed to assist with that aspect as well as with maximum elbow extension. The Finis Freestyler paddles also facilitate proper hand position and entry into the water. They are a great choice for anyone looking to improve and gain confidence in their freestyle technique. They also come in a Jr. Size for young swimmers.

The strapless Finis Agility paddles are designed to improve responsiveness and dexterity in the water. One of the only strapless hand paddles, the Agility