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Conditioning/Strength Training Question
Does doing free weight training like bench presses and dumbbell hammer curls to build basic arm strength help in achieving accuracy and consistency in dart shooting?
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(03-20-2015, 12:33 AM)Adams Wrote: Does doing free weight training like bench presses and dumbbell hammer curls to build basic arm strength help in achieving accuracy and consistency in dart shooting?

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(03-20-2015, 01:33 AM)The G Wrote: no

Agreed. I like to exercise but be careful since extensive training will even ruin your throw since your muscles will be pumped up after every session... not a good idea. At least not shortly before throwing. The effect might even last for hours.
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I don't think its directly going to make you a better darts player and possibly could hinder your darts but having said that sometimes when I have done some kind of physical work like working in the garden etc then played darts the next day I have often felt more relaxed and played better, so who knows?
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(03-20-2015, 02:45 PM)LesPaul82’' Wrote: .....be careful since extensive training will even ruin your throw since your muscles will be pumped up after every session... not a good idea. At least not shortly before throwing. The effect might even last for hours.

This is what I discovered yesterday and why I asked. I did what for me was some unusually heavy work in the afternoon (lifting and moving large, heavy stuff for some time) and I could barely hit the board when I tried to practice last night. I was hitting two or three numbers to the right or left of what I was shooting at---sometimes to the right with one dart and then to the left with the next one. It was ridiculous and nothing I tried improved the situation. Glad I didn't find this out on a league day. One more mistake I won’t make again!
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Before my rotator cuff started giving me problems I was working out with free weights every day and varying my routine to target different muscle groups on different days. On days when I did my routine for triceps, there was no way I was going to throw darts effectively for at least 4-5 hours afterwards-----Oh, and this is after I got use to the routine and conditioned to do it. When initially starting out with these routines, I was sore for quite a while before recovering.

One of my friends and former teammate decided to come work out at my house with me to keep him motivated. On the day we finished doing triceps and abs he decided he wanted to throw some darts. I laughed and told him to grab a set off the table and give it a go. First dart hit the backboard below the dart board. The second dart missed the backboard entirely and stuck in the wall. He quit, I laughed, then we had a beer.
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Yeah no arm work day of darts.
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Heavy weight training will not help... But training will definitely help.

The more control you have over your muscles, the better you will be at everything physical.

But as said... You really wouldn't want to fatigue your arms if you plan on playing that day.
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Even cycling for an extended time will leave me too wasted to put much weight on my legs for good balance. I remember reading one of the forum members saying that he had to quit playing darts because of his cycling schedule
Jugger you are right on the money saying that about muscle control. As I get older I find out that once that muscle is gone there is hell to pay trying to work it back, but I keep at it.
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