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    building up recurve draw strength

    I am a complete newbie to archery, just visited the local club 5 times.

    What I'd like to get is advice on what would be a good series of increments of bow draw weights to start with and then progress through to build up strength. I started with club equipment, using an 18# recurve and found I was plenty strong to draw, hold and release that just fine. So I'd like to begin to progress further to build up strength. I don't want to leap too far and sacrifice form, but I do want to go up. I'm leaning towards ultimately getting into the 50# range (for field/hunting maybe longbow use) over time but am in no hurry. I'm thinking of looking to buy a recurve so I can practice .... so that is why I am asking the question of the experts here. I'd have thought maybe something in the 25# range to start with?

    As it is I am getting muscle tiredness from my bow arm and shoulder so I know I am working it - and I want to exercise it more to improve. Initially my arrow arm felt like it got a bit of bicep work but that is feeling fine now ~ just waiting to step up. I've read the stuff on SPT's, holding for a time, etc and I'd be doing this.

    Tips? Thoughts? Suggestions?
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    Building up

    Get a bow with replaceble limbs, start with 34ish then 40ish especially if you get a riser you can up the poundage on eg TD4 (hoyt GM) etc
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    25# would be a good step up. 18# is pretty light.
    It won't take long before you can handle something stronger than 25#, so don't go getting anything too expensive

    And make sure you don't jump too much poundage too quickly - that's a quick and dirty way to bugger up your form beyond recognition.
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    It is great to see someone who is willing to take the time, and build up to thier peek bow weight slowly.

    I would allow 1.5 to 2 years to build up to your peek bow weight. This depends on how much shooting and other training you do, but give it time.
    \" Take but degree away, untune that string, and hark! what discord follows.\"

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