By Darin Cepeda
From a practical shooter’s perspective and particularly those that participate in 3gun competitions, supplements and nutrition make a noticeable difference in energy and focus throughout the day.
First, let’s go over a general major match day. There are two schedules that are typically used: full day format and 1/2-day format.Full day is when you are assigned a specific time for your squad to start a stage and after being done, you’ll have anywhere from a 60-90 min break until the next stage, as the squads are staggered time wise. The stage schedule will have you starting at either 7:30 am or 9:00 am and finishing up somewhere around 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. In the half-day format, your squad will shoot stages continuously, as one set of squads will start in the morning at roughly 7:30 am and finish around noon, while the afternoon schedule will start somewhere around 1:00 pm and finish around 5:30 pm. There is basically no break between stages and mental focus and nutrition can suffer significantly if not addressed properly.
As you can see, in the dynamic 3gun environment, you can go from full-on adrenaline action-packed activity to lengthy down times or basically non-stop activity from stage to stage. Thus, mental focus is important, in that you have to manage turning it off and on, as well as maintaining it almost continuously in certain situations. Throw in competition nerves and pressure, and those situations are addressed by the calming influence of ProFocus. Keeping a clear mind, being able to concentrate, being able to mentally rehearse and memorize a stage plan, and dialing attention to the tasks at hand are key in performing to one’s current skill level.
With those long days on the range, getting rest and recovery affects consistency during a match. Using ProSleep to put the mind at ease and be calm to fall asleep with natural supplements helps with mental acuity and energy for the next long day on the range.
In addition to the mental game, you have the physical aspect of 3gun, in which activity is not limited to your turn to shoot the stage. There is far more physical activity when you are not shooting, as proper etiquette has you helping to reset the targets for other shooters nearly constantly when you are not the shooter or next up in the rotation. It is not uncommon to accumulate miles of walking over various terrain during just one day of a major match. Most major matches are two days, with some of the larger natural terrain matches stretching to 3 days. Being on your feet for 10+ hours adds up, so ProJoint helps keep a participant’s limbs mobile and loose in dealing with the wear and tear, as well as impacts during rapid, dynamic stages.
In the shooting sports, vision is as important as can be, so giving your eyes any nutrients or advantage is going to help. ProVision is aimed at this aspect of practical shooting. Picking out details, identifying depth/size target differences, and dealing with differing lighting conditions in the outdoors can be a difference-maker and will dictate how you shoot.
In an event where literally tenths of a second add up and just a couple seconds can mean a stage win versus just placing top 10 on a stage, being able to see and engage targets as quickly and efficiently as possible is a huge variable. Depending on what time of day you shoot a stage, target visibility will indeed change, so being able to discern those details will help you shoot more accurately and transition rapidly between targets.
Therefore, staying hydrated and nourished do play a part in a competitor’s performance, but on top of that, Aimcise supplements can help as well.
Take your shooting to the next level – Darin Cepeda
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