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Hello all,

For the past couple of months now or so i have really been picking up my darts game. I have had my board for years but only recently started using it everyday for at least one hour or more.

I tend to play by myself most of the time as my girlfriend rather watch TV or read a Cosmo.

Anyways, i want to incorporate a workout regiment into my darting. Right now i keep it really simple. For example, if i play 301, and it takes me 20 throws to get to zero i will then do 20 push-ups or whatever.

I am curious if any of you have a routine that you use when playing darts that involves working out in between games or sets?

Any insight will be greatly appreciated.
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Does sitting down in between throws count as working out? I'm usually winded after a few throws and walking to the board so I need to rest.
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My workout is the nearly 8 feet of walking back and forth to retrieve my darts. This distance varies for some tho :p
No but seriously, and sort of triceps exercise and darts doesn't seem to mix very well. A few sets of pushups and my game would be junk.
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(04-28-2014, 07:50 PM)casums180 Wrote: Hello all,

For the past couple of months now or so i have really been picking up my darts game. I have had my board for years but only recently started using it everyday for at least one hour or more.

I tend to play by myself most of the time as my girlfriend rather watch TV or read a Cosmo.

Anyways, i want to incorporate a workout regiment into my darting. Right now i keep it really simple. For example, if i play 301, and it takes me 20 throws to get to zero i will then do 20 push-ups or whatever.

I am curious if any of you have a routine that you use when playing darts that involves working out in between games or sets?

Any insight will be greatly appreciated.


I think that certainly doing that between throws is going to affect your game. You are better off going to the gym then resting a little and picking up the darts later on.

Until an injury recently....... I trained 5 days a week and played darts after no problem.
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I on the other hand can't throw a dart for about 1 day after I've been working out. And my current training routine contains of 3 days where 1 day is mainly lower body exercises.

This might change when I've been doing it longer. I don't know.
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I like to arm curl a beer in between throws lol

for the last 3 months I havent been working properly due to shoulder surgery and my game went to puss.
The other week before league night I hit the bag for 20min, it seemed to loosen things up and I shot well, did have a long rest period before the match though.

I wouldnt recommend anything besides stretching during a session
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The only workout i get is cycling hard and long enough to waste me to the point that all I want to do is relax tossing them darts and having a few pints. When I'm relaxed I feel better when I miss the mark
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If your trying it as a alternative way to keep fit then thats fine, but I would not recommend it if you want to improve your darts, best to keep it on separate days.
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For the past 2 months I've been hitting the gym pretty regular 4-5 times a week alternating between cardio one day and cardio weights the next. The first 2 weeks of doing this affected my game quite a bit.( this is why I had that couple of weeks bad spell on wda) but for the past week or two it's all seeming to come together my throw is back no soreness while playing for extended periods of times and feeling physically better than I've felt in a long time.!! Now I just have to get the willingness and willpower to quit smoking and I'll be all set.

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I have sussed this over the past season for myself:

If I am working on the day of a darts match, heavy lifting, shoveling ballast, pulling 650v cables etc - then no matter how much I try I know I'm going to play poor, kind of like my arm muscles are stretched or repairing, I lose the hand, eye, arm co-ordination and the harder I try, the worse I get.

If I have a day off or an 'easy' day in the office then, though its not guaranteed, I tend to play a lot better, feel relaxed and find letting the darts go is a breeze.


Unfortunately I have no choice, kids need new shoes etc.... if you have the choice not to exert your arm muscles before you play darts then, in my opinion, dont - you can still train, just go easy on the arms.

A big percentage of darts is instinct, your head will do its best to get your arm to aim the dart where you are looking, goes back to cavemen with spears - your brain has a much better chance of doing that if your arms are in their natural state - not stretched out like an old rubber band Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

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My man-cave that harbors my 2 dartboards also acts as a weight room. I have one apparatus for cable work, 2 weight benches, one ab bench for hyperextensions and crunches and a dumbell tower.

Before my shoulder injury that resulted in needing rotator cuff surgery I was working out with weights 4 days a week. On days I did legs and back or chest and abs, I had no problems with tossing the arrows. However when I worked out arms, specifically doing tricep work, I couldn't hit the board with ANY accuracy, and on days I did bicep work, it was marginally better with accuracy.

I would think doing pushups between tosses could definitely fatigue the tricep in your throwing arm resulting in less than stellar performances the longer you do this when practicing.

One of the guys that played on our team was a gym rat and he never worked out on days we had league darts because his game would suffer.
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In short it doesnt go.

I used to be a bodybuilder & it wasnt until i reduced body mass that my darts improved.

Every time i have worked out it has Utterly ruined my darts for days and days after!
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I agree with you gumbo when triceps are worked its hard to throw but biceps not so much. I can see where bodybuilding would do that niteEyes thats a lot of weights but me it's just toning up and losing some belly fat...just want to not be embarrassed to take my shirt off this summer.. lol
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I cut push ups out of my training as i felt i struggled to throw after, someone mentioned core exercises were good for darts in it helps to strengthen your posture, how about some planking between throws Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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