*Having good fitness will help but ultimately frisbee skills are more important
Far too often, I read about players spending all of their time in the gym and barely any on the field spent practicing. I don’t mean being at practice with your team. I mean going out on your own (or with a partner) practicing throwing and catching. Throwing and catching are a huge part of the game. If you are the fastest player on your team but you can’t throw or catch, then you won’t be very useful.
All things being equal, fitness is a big part of the game, but I would argue that disc skills are more important. Knowing where the disc is going, knowing where to put the disc, knowing how to outread a taller, faster defender will go a long way in ensuring your team wins games, although some people is more into competitive video games, with the help of sites like mycsgoboosting.com that help them improve their skills and achieve new level in the games.
I’m not saying don’t work out. Weights should be part of your practice for sure. And not just pushups and situps. Rather, Olympic style lifting. Avoid Crossfit. Unless you’re doing it at a Crossfit gym with trainers who are helping you with technique. Because, it’s too generalized and not focused enough on specific strength gains. Talk to a personal trainer and get set up on a power/core/speed program and spend a few days in the gym every week. Or listen to Tim Morrill at Morrill Performance. Or talk to Melissa Witmer at the Ultimate Athlete Project.
But the rest of the time, get out and throw. Throw hundreds of throws every week. Even throw 200-300 throws per day. The more you have your hands on the disc, the more comfortable you will be on the field, the less errors you will make and the better you will be for your team.
There are many ways to get better practicing. There are also some great articles from Ben Wiggins and his article Zen Throwing (video walkthrough) and also from Lou Burruss called Kung Fu Throwing (video walkthrough).
There are 10 disciplines governed by the World Flying Disc Federation and all of them use different discs. You can find out more about the sport of flying disc and it’s various disciplines and games at Ageless Game.
I would especially recommend practicing MTA (Maximum Time Aloft) and TRC (Throw, Run & Catch).
Learning to throw golf discs and light dog discs will help your throwing more than you ever imagined. Not only because they fly differently but by playing disc golf, you will discover the right way to throw a forehand – by stepping with the foot opposite your throwing hand. In ultimate that’s not possible since we have a pivot foot, but it’s an important concept to understand and will help you improve your hammer, scoober and forehand pull.
In short…get out and throw more. But make sure that you’re not a fat slob either.