LEAH’S HOME WORKOUT
Unable to go shooting, is at home working on physical fitness and muscle memory
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!