[shhh-thunk] Hey guys, this is NUSensei. I’ve had a few
questions asked about training and conditioning exercises, and just to be
honest I’m probably not a good person to ask. The reason being is: I don’t do a lot of
training in general for archery. So I’m kind of underdeveloped. I’m not a
particularly well conditioned person. In fact conditioning is one of my weaker areas.
I’m probably not in a position to give good advice in that regard. There are some things to
talk about at a different time, but for the most part I’m not an expert on exercises
for archery. But, as with a lot of wishful thinkers, I like to buy a lot
of training aids. So today I’m going to go through the Saunders Power Pull.
One thing to point out right away is that the Saunders Power Pull is quite expensive. It’s around AU$50 and about £25 from Merlin Archery in the UK, and you can buy this from many shops. AU$50 is definitely on the high
end of training tools. I mean compared to things like the Cartel training bands.
These come in two different varieties for very cheap. They’re just latex bands you pull back.
This is an easy tool to work with. SF sells latex strips or the cloth, and
you can get this from anywhere like TheraBand or any latex bands and just pull it back.
It’s an excellent warm-up tool. Their great form tools to help you train with.
So why justify spending 50 bucks on a resistance trainer? What makes the Saunders Power Pull
stand out is that it has a lot of functionality as a stand-alone
trainer. It’s something which you don’t really need to use in conjunction with
your bow. It’s something which as a tool itself you can do a lot of training with.
A lot of good gains can be made from using this tool. It’s something which can be
used for archers and non-archers alike for building up strength and for
rehabilitation. So, it’s actually one of my favorite tools. The Saunders Power Pull
comes with a nice ergonomic grip it’s shaped well enough to be used with both hands. For a right hand
draw or for a left hand draw. It also comes with not one but two bands. This
is what makes the Saunders Power Pull stand out from the other devices. Each band, they’re colored
bright green and bright purple like a 1980s workout leotard. The
purpose of these bands is they actually have different weights. The purple band is
around 28 pounds at 28 inches, I think, and it gets heavier as you pull further
back so if you have a longer draw length then this will be around 30 ish pounds.
The green band is around 38 to 44 ish pounds depending draw length. So you can
actually use this firstly if you are a weak guy, uh… an average guy like me, not weak, but
average then you might find that starting at the purple band might be easier. You
might be using this for high repetition to build muscle tone, and this
is a nice conditioning tool. It’s not that hard to use, but it will definitely
push you to do it regularly. It’s actually quite achievable. So the purple band
is a nice regular exercise tool. The green band, being much heavier, is something
which you can use to build muscle mass, and if you aren’t used to pulling heavy draw weight,
this will push you. This is definitely a heavier band. You see the
advantage of having two bands is, one, you have different entry points, two, you have
different focuses. You might have a high repetition exercise with your light band
repetetively, or you have a lower repetition, higher weight to
build up your muscle mass. Now the third thing is that you can use both bands
together. Both bands together is around 60 to 70 pounds depending on draw length. I think it’s
70 pounds at 31 inches. I’ve got around 26 inches. That’s about 60-ish pounds. I’ll be honest I can’t do this. Sixty
pounds is way too hard for me. I’m not going to really try. I’ll probably injure myself. That’s about
as far as I can go. If you’re trying to get muscle gain, this
might be a tool where you can work yourself up to 60 pounds, within reason, I don’t say
do it right away and try to pull it back, but you can hurt yourself which it’s
worth noting for people who want to start on high draw weights: take it easy guys! The average person can’t pull 50 or 60
pounds right away. You need to work up to it, and a tool like this makes sense. I do
like the fact that there are two bands which gives you some versatility in how
you train. You might vary between the high repetition lower weight and
something a bit higher weight. So go for the heavy band or going for both bands if
you’re up to that conditioning. While I have read at least one review where
the reported a split in the band, I haven’t noticed a problem with my one.
It looks pretty well made. They’re quite firmly attached, and the bands will
probably last for a long time. You can buy replacement bands, and I believe you
can buy weights which you can put onto the grip to make
the grip heavier. So this is a fairly versatile training tool. What I like about
the Saunders Power Pull is that for most of your archery needs this fills all the gaps. Personally I have several bows because
I collect bows over the years. I’ve got a 25 pound bow for lightweight practice. I’ve
got my competition bow, a 45 pound Samick Sage, and I use these bows in
conjunction with the extra stretching bands to condition when I can. This is like the lazy man’s option.
I like it for that reason. It’s there for people who are like me living a modest suburban
lifestyle, juggling a job and not really managing time real well, having this
lying around is very tempting to use because it feels fun to hold. It’s
one important thing we have a stretching band thing. This is useful, but it doesn’t look very fun. It’s blue and stretchy, but for
someone who isn’t yet committed to training this is kind of like …ehh…
you know not very exciting. When you grab something like this, it has that nice pistol grip, it has the
nice colors. I’m not sure why they chose these colors but psychologically there’s
something appealing about pulling a bright green pool noodle.
It’s actually quite fun to use. I can imagine that even
training both hands would work. I don’t shoot left-handed, but I can imagine if were to
condition to shoot left-handed, I could. [That’s terrible form for by the way]
This is actually a pretty fun tool! I like using it. The fact that it’s compact
means that you can leave it on your desk, you can put it in your travel case, or
your backpack, you can leave at work and every now and then
pull it out, do some pulls, and it’s something which you can regularly use, and the fact that you have
two bands, light and heavy, gives that extra versatility. I should point out
that this is not a shot trainer. You’re not meant to release the band. I’ve seen
some videos on YouTube where people are pulling it back and letting go. It’s not that sort of trainer. Overall, I
do like the Saunders Power Pull. It is a convenient tool. It’s quite fun to use
because of the pistol grip, you have the stretching bands, and it’s quite
accessible to people of all levels. If you’re just starting out and you’re trying
to build up strength to use your first bow then, yes, this works really nicely. If
you’re a well-seasoned archer who wants to stay in condition, then you can still use
this. So the fact that this is an all-in-one tool which trains basically
all of your archery muscles in a convenient package, it’s something which
I really admire, I really do like about this. So. if there was only one
stretching tool, one training aid which you should get it’s probably going to be
this. I like the other tools I have. They have their own purposes, but for someone
who’s just getting into archery and wants to have one tool they can use througout their
journey, I say this is it. It’s good for training between sessions. It’s good to pull out during downtime
and give it a few pulls, and it’s not bad as a warm-up band either.
Yeah, I quite like it. I think you’ll like it as well, so do
consider something like this to help you in your archery journey. Anyway, this is NUSensei.
Hope you found this interesting.
Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.