Winter Workouts | Archery

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archery at big apple archery, a great winter workout
Last month I introduced a Winter Workouts series where I find find interesting and unique ways to get active during a time when all we want to do is hibernate. Today we’re continuing with archery, the art of propelling arrows with the use of a bow. Liz Tailor of Nerd in the City and I channeled our inner Katniss Everdeen this weekend at Big Apple Archery. Read more about our adventure after the jump.
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Archery is not a sedentary activity. It burns about 250 calories per hour and requires a lot of upper body strength. The bow feels a lot heavier than you’d expect, especially when you have it suspended for extended periods. I didn’t notice the burn in my arms, shoulders, and back until we left the range. Imagine if I actually were to participate in the Hunger Games and I had to run, jump, and roll at the same time. The fat burn would be killer. Mike, our amazing instructor, told us the range hosts competitions and simulates hunting exercises. I’d love to go back, improve my skills, and be in a position to compete one day. Archery is something every one should try at least once in their life. It’s both thrilling and rewarding to be able to shoot a bullseye.

The Details: Liz and I purchased this session for two at Big Apple Archery via Zozi (it’s still available, so go buy it!). For $29 we received a 90 minute session. The intro was about 20-25 minutes and then we shot for about an hour. This is a great deal! We had Mike as our instructor who was funny, informative, and engaging. The facilities are masculine and grungy, but very fitting for the activity. The range is a bit of a trek for us but so worth it. It’s much closer to Bayside, Queens than it is to Flushing.

For more info, visit Big Apple Archery.
To read Liz’s nerdy account of our adventures, visit Nerd in the City.

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