Bowling Health and Fitness Articles

Some people might try to tell you that health and fitness are topics that don't matter much to bowlers. The deceptively "simple" motion of throwing a bowling ball often leads them to this conclusion: bowling is certainly a sport that can be successfully enjoyed by the young, the old, the strong, the weak, the overweight, the underweight, the tall, the short, and everything in between. That is really one of the great things about bowling.

Any one of us can easily point out examples of successful bowlers who are out of shape and/or overweight. Whatever you do, however, don't fall into the common trap of thinking that this serves as evidence that fitness isn't important to bowlers! In reality, there are MANY reasons why competitive bowlers should seriously study health and fitness for improving their performance. Here are just a few:

  • Improved technique: Some of our sport's movements and techniques are just too difficult for people who aren't as fit as they could be. For example, getting into and maintaining a solid release position with sufficient sliding leg knee bend can be significantly more difficult and stressful for bowlers who are overweight.
  • Improved power: In recent years, bowling is increasingly becoming a sport that requires power in the form of high ball speed and high rev rate. When combined with proper technique, improved leg, core, arm, wrist, and hand strength can lead to drastic improvements in the amount of power you transfer to the ball at the release.
  • Improved endurance: While bowling isn't a true aerobic endurance sport in the same sense as sports like running, cross-country skiing, and soccer, it does require significant amounts of anaerobic endurance. Anaerobic endurance is what allows our bodies to produce quick bursts of force repeatedly throughout a long tournament block without experiencing fatigue. This kind of endurance can definitely be improved with proper training.
  • Injury prevention: Bowling is a very repetitive sport and, worse yet, it tends to be fairly one-sided. This can lead to severe muscle imbalances that can lead to injuries. Bowlers can reduce or eliminate these imbalances with proper training.

We know we can't convince everyone that they can improve their bowling with proper diet and exercise, but we do hope we've convinced you! If you are serious about having a long and successful bowling career, then you owe it to yourself to take care of your body.

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Featured Bowling Health and Fitness Articles

AJ Johnson, Anggie Ramirez, and Jason Sterner on health, fitness, and competitive bowling

Why I Decided to Improve My Health

Many of the professional bowlers on both the PWBA Tour and PBA Tour have begun to take their health and fitness goals seriously, for various reasons. The sport has evolved over the years, and so have the tournament formats. Some...

Ditching the Diet Mentality for Lifelong Health and Improved Bowling

As a health coach who helps many clients with their weight loss goals, I often get asked by bowlers what the best diet is for losing weight. I've mentioned this in previous articles, but getting to a healthy body weight...

Dealing With Lower Back Pain

One of the most common problems I hear about from bowlers is lower back pain. In fact, over 80% of the general population suffers from lower back pain and it is one of the leading causes of missed work days....

The training program

Combining Strength and Mobility in Training - Part 2

Last month in the first half of this series, I went over how to properly warm up your muscles and joints prior to a workout or prior to bowling. Once you have established an effective warm-up routine that covers every...

The warm-up

Combining Strength and Mobility in Training - Part 1

For a long time now, I've come across people who have opted to focus on aerobic exercise over resistance training due to fear of becoming bulky and immobile. Everyone seems to automatically associate lifting weights with looking like a bodybuilder...

Bowling Health and Fitness Article Directory

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IssueArticle TitleAuthor
Why I Decided to Improve My Health
Ditching the Diet Mentality for Lifelong Health and Improved Bowling
Dealing With Lower Back Pain
Combining Strength and Mobility in Training - Part 2
Combining Strength and Mobility in Training - Part 1
Training the Core for Trunk Stability
Common Injuries and Dysfunctions of the Lower Body - Part 2
Common Injuries and Dysfunctions of the Lower Body - Part 1
Common Conditions of the Arm and Shoulder - Part 2
Common Conditions of the Arm and Shoulder - Part 1
Exercises for Preventing Rotator Cuff Injuries in Bowlers
The Use of Kinesiology Tape in Bowling
The PWBA Round Table: Physical and Mental Toughness
Reducing Your Knee Pain - Part 2
Reducing Your Knee Pain - Part 1
Training Recommendations for Younger Individuals
Training Recommendations for Older Individuals
Will Upper Body Strength Training Ruin My Swing?
Improving Your Finish at the Line
How To Properly Recover From Your Workouts
What is the Cause of Your Back Pain?
How Specific Muscles Contribute to an Elite Release
To Cardio or Not to Cardio...
The Bowling Diet - Part 2
The Bowling Diet - Part 1
Sports Performance vs. General Fitness Training
Exercise Smarter, Not Harder!
Functional Strength Training For Bowlers
The X-Factor in Bowling