Thursday, March 20, 2008

Shoot better with no practice?

Well, faithful reader, its been a while since my last post. I apologize for the delays - its been a busy couple of weeks over here. I've been thinking about the subject of this post for quite a while. I'm making a semi-controversial statement here, and only sharing my experience - not the results of some massive, scientific study I've undertaken, or anything insane like that. Well, this whole blog is my opinion and experience, isn't it? So, maybe that's not a surprise....

Improvement without practice. Does that sound far fetched to you? I bet it might. And, what kind of improvement are we talking about? No, it doesn't just happen by osmosis. Yes, it still requires a lot of hard work. No, its not the be-all-end-all to all your shooting problems. Yes, it does make a big difference in your skills, your confidence, and your stamina. What's the big secret? Good old fashioned elbow grease... in the form of CrossFit!

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Bryan said...

nice post Dave - There is no denying the benefits of this to our competitive performance in shooting. Dropping weight, increasing core strength, improving flexibility to name just a few things, can add huge improvements to our game.

Your thinking on this topic makes perfect sense to me.

catfish said...

Sometimes in the shooting world, the mantra of being fit is a hard row to hoe.

Take for instance two folks who generally speaking do very well in USPSA-land and that's Robbie Leatham and Taran Butler.

Both of those guys have physiques that look like they're sponsored by Krispy Kreme, yet they both are expected to do well and/or win nearly every match they enter.

That being said, I think their success is more dut to the fact that they are just flat out genetic freaks and not necessarily a sign of the best way to be if you're a competitive shooter.

I think that for the average joe types who weren't born with Rob's or Taran's skills, being as fit as you possibly can will only help your shooting.

Using myself as an example, I used to absolutely positively detest, hate and despise low ports because I could barely squat my own body wieght and hold the damn gun steady.

Low ports don't bother me anymore!

So yeah, DAve, you're totally on to something here and being fit is not only good for your shooting, but for your life. ;)

Will said...

Interesting Dave. I have checked out cross fit Houston online, but I am just not sure what the minimum fitness must be to start. I will look into it more now that I have more time. Today, I finished college :-)

... and now I have found your blog. Ha ha ha.

DaveRe said...

Will - the starting fitness level is ... your current fitness level! Seriously, everything can be scaled down so that you can do the workouts in your current shape. To be frank, the first month will be hard - gut it out, and do the work, and it will invariably get a lot easier after that.

I expect to be seeing you at some USPSA matches, here, too, buddy ;)