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Getting more serious about competition

If you wish to take your recreational shooting to the next level and aim towards a high-performance trajectory, you would need to develop a training plan.

Key components to consider when devising a training regimen:

  1. Technical Skills Training: Olympic level shooting requires a high level of technical skill, including precision, accuracy, and consistency. The shooter should work with a qualified coach to develop and refine their shooting technique. The coach can analyze the shooter's performance, identify areas of improvement, and provide feedback and guidance.

  2. Strength and Conditioning: Shooting requires a high degree of physical stability and control, particularly in the upper body. Olympic level shooters should incorporate strength and conditioning exercises that focus on developing core stability, upper body strength, and endurance. They should also work on flexibility and mobility to improve their range of motion and reduce the risk of injury.

  3. Mental Training: Shooting is as much a mental sport as it is physical. Olympic level shooters should incorporate mental training into their practice regimen. This can include visualization exercises, breathing techniques, and focus drills. They should also work on developing mental toughness, the ability to handle pressure, and the ability to stay calm and focused under stress.

  4. Competition Preparation: In addition to technical and physical training, Olympic level shooters should prepare for competition by participating in simulated events and competitions. This will help them get accustomed to the pressure of competition and develop strategies for performing their best under pressure. They should also review their performance after each competition to identify areas for improvement and adjust their training plan accordingly.

  5. Rest and Recovery: Finally, Olympic level shooters should prioritize rest and recovery. Shooting is a physically and mentally demanding sport, and adequate rest and recovery are essential for performance and injury prevention. This can include getting enough sleep, incorporating rest days into their training plan, and using recovery techniques such as massage, stretching, and foam rolling.

Remember, each aspiring top-level athlete is unique and requires a customized training plan that meets their individual needs and abilities.

It's important to work with a qualified coach or trainer to develop a plan that works best for them. 

Find a Coach here.

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