Work WITH your horse

When the horse knows it has a rookie rider, lots of grass is eaten.....

When the horse knows it has a rookie rider, lots of grass is eaten…..

We took a horse back tour on our trip to Menorca.

Krista has 12 years of experience in the saddle.

I, despite growing up a farm and being around horses daily, have exactly ZERO.

So obviously, our approaches were dramatically different.

She had a more spirited horse, whereas I was given what in industry terms is called a ‘bulletproof pony’

We all set off together in the beginning however, just walking, and then, a trot, and, for those who wanted to, a canter.

Next a group of experienced riders split off to go for a gallop.  Needless to say, I hung back…

Afterwards Krista remarked that there were a couple of riders who were firmly in the lower end of intermediate skill level, who had come along and basically slowed the group down.  They were easily identified by the way they aggressively tried to dominate their horses, make them ‘walk on the bit’ (fancy dressage prancing), and just generally showing off.

The genuinely skilled riders were relaxed, just having fun, enjoying the company of their horse, and the whole experience.

It’s often a similar situation in the gym.

I’ve never seen an experienced athlete arrive at the gym, walk right up to the rings and perform a muscle up, but I have observed countless intermediate athletes do so.

It’s rare that an experienced athlete will have to take weight off the bar, or scale reps of a gymnastic movement, mid-workout.

It’s rare to see an experienced athlete miss a snatch, even at the relatively higher loads being lifted.

This exercising thing appeals to a lot of people because of the challenge.  There is so much to learn, so much to get good at, so much to achieve.

But you can approach this with something to prove, or with a view to enjoying the experience.

Work with the skill level you have, don’t try to force the issue, it doesn’t work.  And no one cares how good you are.

Plus it might result in you taking a tumble….

TRAINING July 31

Monday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A.

HSPU tech

3-5 sets of 3-5 reps

- work on a suitable strict progression

B.

‘Bulger’ – optimised

150m Run

7 Jumping pull-ups

7 Goblet squats 24/16kg

7 Push-ups

10 rounds

**Time cap 20min, finish current round

A.

HSPU tech

3-5 sets of 3-5 reps

- work on a suitable strict progression

B.

‘Bulger’

150m Run

7 CTB pull-ups

7 Front squat 60/40kg

7 HSPU

10 rounds

**Time cap 20min, finish current round

Tuesday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A1.

Hang Power Clean

Build to a heavy 3

A2.

TGU

1 rep each arm between sets of cleans.

B.

5 Deadlifts

5 Hang Power Cleans

5 Pushpress

EM x 10mins

*can start light and build as able

A.

Hang Power Clean

Build to a heavy 3

B.

1 Reverse Turkish Get Up (left) 20/12.5kg

5 Windmills (left)

15 DB Snatch (left)

30m Waiters Walk (left)

1 Rev. TGU (right)

5 Windmills (right)

15 DB Snatch (right)

30m Waiters Walk (right)

3 sets for quality

Wednesday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A1.

Front Squat

Sets of 4, building

A2.

Strict TTB

Sets of 5, as high as possible

A3.

Double under practice

Sets of 2-4 attempts

B.

20 Parallette Jumps

15 Medball Cleans 9/6kg

10 Medball Situps 9/6kg

AMRAP in 7mins

A1.

Front Squat

sets of 2, building

A2.

Triple under practice

Sets of 2-4 attempts

B.

80 Double Unders

20 Goblet KB Lunges 24/16kg

20 TTB

3 rounds

Thursday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A.

Deadlift

Sets of 4

B.

10 SDHP 32/24kg

10/6 cal Row @ 95%

E4M x 3

A.

Deadlift

Sets of 2

B.

6 Deadlifts @ 80% of A.

12/8 cal Bike @ 95%

E4M x 3

Friday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A1.

Pushpress

Sets of 6, building

A2.

Pull-up tech

  • Strict

  • Kipping

B.

‘Slam Fran’

21-15-9

DB Thrusters 15/10kg

Slamballs 9/6kg

A1.

Pushpress

Sets of 2, building

A2.

Muscle Up tech

  • Bar

  • Ring

  • Strict

B.

‘Fran’

21-15-9

Thrusters 43/30kg

Pull-ups

Saturday

FITNESS & PERFORMANCE

A.

Odd Object Clean

Build to a challenging load in 15mins

B.

400m plate run 20/10kg

Then, 6 rounds of;

2 Deadball/Sandbag/Axle Power Clean

6 Pistols

12m Bear Crawl

Then,

400m plate run