archer heights

themonalisa  asked:

hi! I started archery and in my beginner course I realised that I'm really weak :'( My instructor recommended me to use a compound bow bc I'm fairly good at aiming while using it, but I crave the aesthetic of the recurve. Is it possible for me to build enough muscle so that I can aim well with a recurve? (Could you recommend me some exercises?) Also I'm planning on buying equipment within a month so would it be best for me to wait to build up strength before buying a bow? sorry for the essay!


Okay so, just so we’re clear, I am for the moment gonna assume that when you say ‘weak’ you mean ‘what are sports?  we just don’t know.’ –because bro!, that would be me!, I know that one.  if you mean weak as part of a disability*, then bruh I can help with that too.  one of the coaches at my range is on the US Paralympic Archery team and I would be glad to hassle him for advice.

*archery is for EVERYONE.  there are archers in wheelchairs, there are blind archers, the world record for the longest accurate shot in archery is currently held by a gentleman who doesn’t have arms.

Moving on, okay, I am … side-eyeing your instructor just a little bit?  do you happen to know what poundage (How hard to pull) the recurves you used were?  at my range, a beginner archer of adult height gets a 66″ bow of either 12 or 16 pounds of draw weight (how much force it takes to pull the string back 28 inches.)

so, here’s the thing about pulling a bow.  imagine a gallon of milk.  or juice is okay if you prefer juice.  imagine picking it up by the cap.  yikes???  most people would find this very hard or impossible, and it’s not necessary.  so, you pick it up by the handle.  much easier!  you can manage the weight.  archery is just the same - the same amount of weight is either dang near impossible OR not too bad, and it’s all down to how you use your body to move that weight.

shooting a bow, your instructor should be showing you how to hook the string and pull with your back (much more muscle!) as you lower your front shoulder and push the bow away. push and pull, push AND pull.  it’s awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, if you are using a bow that’s appropriate for your skill level, it’s MUCH easier because you are using your muscles efficiently.  and definitely don’t feel bad about feeling weak - literally every saturday i have people who are convinced they cannot do this, whole body shaking as they try to pull the bowstring back in an awkward way, and once they’ve had fifteen minutes of me poking at their elbows and back, saying ‘pull from here, elbow behind you, now push it away push push–’ they’re drawing the bow smoothly and making very nice shots!  

tl;dr, it is totally possible to build up enough muscle to start a recurve!  exercises, briefly: 

1.) buy a stretchy band and pull it like it’s a bow.  this one is… hrm.. I could explain it better with pictures.  would you like pictures?  i can try to do that tomorrow.  

2.) less need of pictures, do plain old push-ups - i do them against the wall. place your hands against the wall, lean in (bending elbows, tummy firm, back STRAIGHT - if you let your back sag, it will hurt) until your nose touches the wall, then push off. repeat until tired, and it’s okay if that only takes five times.  try to do six next time, then seven, then take a dang day off!  when you can do like thirty, make it harder - back up further away from the wall - it will be harder to push off. 

3.) lift things.  lift a water bottle.  lift the cat.  hold the water bottle at your side, then lift it to shoulder height, arm fully extended - as you would lift a bow.  hold it up for fifteen seconds (10 or 5 if you can’t do 15), then lower it.  rest for the same amount of time you held it up, then repeat.  if you can only do two of those at first, bruh!  that’s fine.  try to do three tomorrow, then four, then - take a day off!!  lots of rest days are important - you WILL get sore, your muscles WILL need time to recover.  starting out, swap the water bottle (or weight or cat) from arm to arm, so that one can rest while the other works.  as you get stronger, use two weights and do both arms.  extend your arms both straight to your side and straight in front of you - this is working on different parts of your shoulder.

WOW has this gotten long - and here you thought you wrote an essay!

Equipment:  Nope, you don’t have to wait, as long as you buy ‘the right’ equipment.  ‘Right equipment’ doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, it just needs to have limbs that can be taken off.  Here is an example of the sort of bow I mean:  LINK!  We have tons of bows just like this one at my range. that one is metal, but plastic (like this) is also fine, and so is wood (like this.) See the black knobs at the top and bottom where the limbs (white bendy parts) meet the riser (the ‘body’ of the bow)?  those are bolts, the limb can be easily taken off and swapped out for a lighter (easier to pull) or heavier (harder to pull) limb.  limbs of the bolt-on type are very affordable, and a beginner bow of good quality is both tough and light weight.  

the only point I will make on the purchase of the equipment is, do NOT let anyone tell you that it’s a ‘waste of money to buy limbs that are too light.’  that is dumb, people that ought to know better say it to archers all the time, and you know what happens?  those new archers hurt their shoulders, aren’t having fun with a bow that’s a struggle to pull back, and the bow goes in the closet and we never see them again. :’(  go ahead and get the lightest limbs available for your bow of choice - this is usually either 12 or 14 pounds. if you are over about 5′6″ tall, get the 12 pound limbs or even 10 if you can find them.  If you are 5′6″ or under, 12 is still okay, but so is 14.  this probably sounds backwards, but to put it bluntly:

the farther back you pull a recurve bow, the HARDER it gets.  that’s what the recurve shape of the limb does, it makes the bow more powerful as it is pulled back more. so, if you’re tall, or have rather long arms, you’ll pull the bow back more - you want lighter limbs so that you don’t have to fight with them. if I draw a bow with 14 pound limbs, it will be 16 pounds - I am tall, my arms are long.

 if you are short or have stumpy t-rex arms, your draw length will be short - you may only pull a pair of 14 pound limbs to 11 or 12 pounds, if not less.

MAN ok, this has been an info-dump, and I hope it helps; if you have any more questions let me know, and I will do my best!  ENJOY.  YOU CAN DO IT.

Short Stuff

A/n: So I kinda wrote this differently than my other fics and IDK how I feel about it just yet but last time I read through it I remember liking it. Truthfully I’ve had this done for awhile and forgot to post it. Sorry to @milleniumxhan for the wait.

Request: @milleniumxhan Heyyyyy!!!! Could you do a Thor x reader where you’re really short (okay me like im 5'1) and like he finds it hella adorable and the when the other Avengers tease you he gets all defensive and yeah. Thanks <3

Warnings: none 

Originally posted by imagine-marvell


It was yet another Sunday morning at the Avengers which meant a “family” breakfast. You, Nat, and Wanda started on the pancakes and waffles as Tony and Steve worked on the bacon and sausage. The others were setting up the table and sipping coffee. Once the food was ready, everyone gathered in a line and made plates the filed into the dining room. To say you hated these meals was an exaggeration but you didn’t like them much either, especially when pancakes were served which is when the jokes started because someone had the bright idea to call you “short stack” one time and not surprisingly the name suck. It wasn’t that you couldn’t handle yourself you just would rather eat in peace than listen to the Avengers think they were funny, especially Tony.

“Y/n, you can’t eat that, it’s cannibalism” Tony smirked at you

“You know what they say, you are what you eat,” you replied taking your place at the table.

“So that’s why you’re so short?” Bucky asked. He may have been nice most of the time, but he could be an ass just like anyone else

“Yeah I ate too many pancakes, and it shrunk me,” you deadpanned

‘Don’t let those fools bother you Y/n,” Thor said taking a seat beside you

“I don’t,” you said, “I’ve had plenty of idiots think it’s funny that I’m small but what they don’t realize is I’m the perfect height to kick their ass.”

Thor chuckled, and the rest of the meal was filled with talks of missions and stupid things Steve did.

This is it you thought I hate being short. You were currently standing on a box you found on top of a chair because someone decided to stash the chocolate in the highest shelf.

“Need some help there, little one?” Thor asked

“I got it.” you huffed “and you too? I thought you were above name calling?“

“I don’t understand?” Thor said moving closer to your makeshift step stool
“Little one,” you said as you grabbed the chocolate, leapt off the box making it and the chair move. Luckily, you ended up safely on the ground.

“I didn’t mean to offend you Lady Y/n.” Thor replied sincerely

“It’s alright,” you said “it’s better than shorty or smol bean.”

“If the others ever bother you let me know,” Thor told you “I’ll try to put an end to it”

“Thanks but it’s fine really I don’t mind” you replied

“If you put your elbow on my head one more time I swear!” you growled shrugging Clint’s arm off of you

“Sorry Y/n I don’t mean to you’re just the perfect height” the archer smiled

You grumbled a response and glared at the man child next to you. During your sparring session with Clint Thor walked into the practice room just in time you watch you pin Clint to the ground after a swift kick to his ankles that made him lose balance

“This is punishment for using me as an arm rest” you smiled as you got off the floor and made your way to the exit

“It would do you well to treat Lady Y/n with respect Hawkeye” you heard the god say.

“I respect her” Clint responded “she’s just so small sometimes I forget she can kick my ass”

“Small and adorable” you heard the thunderer say, making you stop in your tracks and make your way into a better hearing distance

“Adorable?” Clint said “does someone have the heart eyes for our little Y/n?”

“Of course not she’s just small and cute. She needs to be protected sometimes and if I’m the one that has to do it then-” Clint cut him off

“You totally have heart eyes for Y/n,” He said “ask her out I’m sure she’ll say yes”

“How would you know,” Thor asked

“Cause I’m pretty sure she has heart eyes for you too big guy” at that you left. Of course you liked Thor but he was just a friend or at least that’s what you thought. Once your mind was openeded to the idea of having something more with the god it ran wild.

It was moments like these when you praised your genes for making you short. Weaving in and out of the crowd of people was easy and it made for a simple getaway. Two hydra agents were following you but it didn’t take long to lose them as you pushed your way through a gap. The only downside, Thor couldn’t keep his eyes on you. You had watched him fly off around the time the agents showed up and although he offered you a ride you declined. You only knew this upset him after you had escaped and after he spent a half hour trying to find you. You were already in the plane when he got back.

“What took you so long?” You asked smirking at the blonde before you

“I was looking for you,” Thor said his eyes searching you for possible wounds “why didn’t you tell me where you were going?”

“Because if Hydra heard they would fund us and then we’d both be in trouble.” you shrugged “I don’t know what the big deal is” that was a lie, a blatant lie, you knew exactly why he was mad.

“I could’ve lost you Y/n” his words confirmed your thoughts

“So” you stated simply. You needed him to admit his feelings to you, not just to Clint

“So that would’ve been horrible,” the god paused “Imagine what the others would think if I lost you”

“What about what you would think?” you asked

“I imagine I’d be upset” Thor sounded confused

“Why” you asked

“Because you’re my friend” Thor hesitated

“Wrong,” You said “tell me the truth”

“That is the truth” he was more confused now

“The whole truth” you demanded “I know what you said to Clint that day I pinned him. I know you like me so tell me.”

“I don’t just like you Y/n. I think I’m in love with you” he looked down at his hands

“Good” you smiled “because I think I’m in love with you too.”


A/n: I hope you enjoyed this I know it’s a bit different. Requests are open, and I’m slowly working through the few I have rn but feel free to send some in if you have an idea. Love you all! -G

tags: @ws-lover-245 (I remembered JFC it’s a miricle. If you want to be added to our tag list let me know)

anonymous asked:

Will we someday get to see more detailed information about your DR OCs? you know, things like height, gender, likes and dislikes. I just would love to know more about them! <3

Sure. It’ll be a long post lol XXD This is just basic info of them.

Araragi Yuuma (蘭 悠真)- SHSL Voice Imitator.

Height: 157 cm (5’2)
Weight: 54 kg (119 lbs)
Likes: Spicy Curry
Dislikes: Wasabi

Seki Nagisa (勢木 七葵咲)- SHSL Pathologist. Main chara.

Height: 166 cm (5’4)
Weight: 62 kg (136 lbs)
Likes: stuffed bears (not Monokuma)
Dislikes: siri and other talking AI

Onishi Eri (尾西 えり)- SHSL Karuta Player

Height: 170 cm (5’7)
Weight: 67 kg (148 lbs)
Likes: lollipops (cherry flavour)
Dislikes: baked sweets like cakes

Izumi Yua (和泉 結愛)- SHSL Mountain Climber

Height: 173 cm (5’7)
Weight: 75 kg (165 lbs)
Likes: early mornings
Dislikes: the dark

Kuga Masamune (久我 正宗)- SHSL BirdWatcher

Height: 122 cm (4 feet)
Weight: 40 kg (88 lbs)
Likes: birds
Dislikes: reptiles

Katagiri Tsubasa (片桐 つばさ)- SHSL Unknown

Height: 167 cm (5’5)
Weight: 60 kg (132 lbs)
Likes: people
Dislikes: animals (they smell)

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tagged by: @dinosaursharkbirds Off anon, what a surprise! *wink wonk* <3

tagging (some of my lovely mutuals): @shroudofclouds , @roseokie , @99kami , @z-auberin , @thewoodwindwaker , @deathgodhunter 

Of course, none of you have to do it! I’d love it if I’m not alone in it, though.


Name: Lee’s what I’m called! People have a lot of trouble saying my actual name, so I like to leave it at Lee.
Nicknames: L (El), Leo, Red, Gay King (don’t ask), Soma, various OC’s names…
Zodiac: Sagittarius, the archer. 
Height: 164 cm, 5′4″. Short, yes. The doctors haven’t confirmed it, but I’m pretty sure I maxed out due to an illness I had about two years ago. I was supposed to be higher than my parents, both of whom have tall genes (and my younger brother is taller than I am now).
Orientation: Sexual, or…? I like to skip orientations at school and all, though. :>
Nationality: Not entirely sure what’s being asked. I have dual-citizenship for the United States and Russia, but blood-wise I’m half Puerto Rican, one-fourth Russian, one-fourth Armenian. Weird mix, kek.
Fave Fruit: I have many! At the moment, I’m craving peaches which are one of my top 10.
Fave Season: (Which show?) All of them, really. Mainly summer.
Fave Book: Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon, but there are so many more besides that one.
Fave Flower: Roses, believe it or not.
Fave Scent: Jasmine, smell that follows after rain, the ocean.
Fave Color: Purple, maybe? I love all colours, but blue and red are the two I seem to like the most. Purple’s my happy medium.
Fave Animals: Virtually all sea creatures! Many land ones, too, but I’m an ocean baby.
Average Sleep Hours: Anywhere between 0-48. Max I’ve ever slept was two entire days. I try not to go over that.
Cat or Dog Person: I own both a cat and a dog, but in character I’m told I’m more like a cat. That, and cats and I get along more than dogs and I do. Dogs are too, ah… They’re very in-your-face about everything.
Fave Fictional Characters: You name the world, I’ll name the chars.

Number of Blankets You Sleep With: Two. One is pretty thin, though.               Dream Trip: I’d love to travel the entire world. Maybe go to space.                       Blog Created: I believe I made this one two years ago…? Maybe two and a half.

Number of Followers: Actually, I just hit my first 100! I’m trying to think of what I should do to celebrate it. I’m shocked even that many people like my blog.

Tagged by @cuilpantielthesleepyscribe. Thanks!


NAME: Galion
NICKNAME: old villain
AVERAGE HOURS OF SLEEP: 3… or 12 if it’s wine-induced 
LAST THING YOU GOOGLED: …. Does that mean what I think it means? Leave it to you tosspots to come up with increasingly ridiculous words for sex… And I don’t do it with things! Only elves. Beautiful ellyn – kings and princes. Oh, and gods, too. *quivers at the thought of @veridianking * Okay, and maybe the occasional scruffy dwarf. *eyes @kili-the-archer longingly*
HEIGHT:  6′1″


NAME: Izabella
GENDER: Female
HEIGHT:  5′2″

Tagging @kili-the-archer, @veridianking, @immortal-and-cursed (for melkor)


Chicago officer charged with murder for killing black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

Chicago Police Department Officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald no fewer than 16 times in the city’s Archer Heights neighborhood in October 2014. After over a year of paid leave he was charged with first-degree murder. Video of the incident is under court order to be released by Wednesday. McDonald’s family reached a large cash settlement with the city back in April.