LEAH’S HOME WORK­OUT

Un­able to go shoot­ing, is at home work­ing on phys­i­cal fit­ness and mus­cle mem­ory

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ith all the shoot­ing grounds cur­rently closed due to the virus pan­demic, it’s been dif­fi­cult to find any­thing to do – I’m sure that read­ers are hav­ing the same prob­lem. There isn’t re­ally much a 16-year-old A-level stu­dent can do to keep busy be­sides car­ry­ing on with col­lege work and ex­ams on­line. Still, I have plenty of time to do a few things which will help main­tain mus­cle mem­ory along with my phys­i­cal strength and abil­ity.

With all gyms be­ing closed as well, I have come up with a home work­out plan to main­tain my core strength and build up my leg mus­cles. I am for­tu­nate enough to have some weights at home which I was us­ing on the days when I didn’t at­tend the gym, so I in­cor­po­rate these into my work­out.

It is good for a shooter to main­tain phys­i­cal fit­ness for mul­ti­ple rea­sons. Be­ing in good shape in­creases your abil­ity to han­dle stress in com­pe­ti­tion; greater flex­i­bil­ity and im­proved cir­cu­la­tion help you to de­velop co­or­di­na­tion and con­trol in shoot­ing po­si­tions; and over­all fit­ness con­trib­utes to gen­eral health and well-be­ing. I would cer­tainly ad­vise any­one to take ad­van­tage of their free time and start work­ing

Wout at home – be­cause when shoot­ing grounds re­open you will cer­tainly no­tice a dif­fer­ence in your shoot­ing. I’ve also been tak­ing ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to take the one form of daily ex­er­cise per­mit­ted under the lock­down. I take an hour’s walk ev­ery day, and my route takes in plenty of steep hills which help to burn more calo­ries and build up my calf mus­cles. If any­one wants to know what ex­er­cises I do for my core and my legs, feel free to mes­sage me on my In­sta­gram or Face­book page – bear in mind I am more likely to be ac­tive on my In­sta­gram ac­count @leah­southall.dtl, as my dad con­trols my Face­book one.

To main­tain my mus­cle mem­ory, I dry mount my gun ev­ery day for 15-30 min­utes. I know that doesn’t seem like a very long time, but in all hon­esty, it re­ally helps. By do­ing lit­tle and of­ten, I don’t get bored and it means I don’t get tired. Dry mount­ing doesn’t give me the ex­cite­ment that ac­tu­ally shoot­ing does, but I hope it will help me main­tain my scores when grounds re­open. If you don’t take ad­van­tage of the abil­ity to get your gun out at home, then you will lose your mus­cle mem­ory, so it helps to dry mount reg­u­larly whilst you’re stuck at home.

It is al­ways dis­ap­point­ing to find out that ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions have been can­celled or post­poned. I was re­ally look­ing for­ward to shoot­ing the DTL World Cham­pi­onships this year as I felt like I was re­ally get­ting some good scores in dur­ing train­ing, as were many oth­ers, and it’s al­ways go­ing to be a strug­gle for the first few shoots once this lock­down has been lifted, but just re­mem­ber, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, so take it one shoot at a time and don’t give up. We’re all in this to­gether – so re­mem­ber: stay ac­tive, stay home and stay safe!

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