Do you know the feeling when your legs are burning on the final stretch or when all the power is drained from you in the middle of an agility course? Or when you’re late because you didn’t take off as quickly as you should have?
Regular exercise, that supports an agility handler’s fitness, will impact your performance positively. When you know that you can, your confidence increases and your handling becomes bolder! Read how these 5 factors affect your performance positively:
1.You can run an agility course tirelessly
If you get a lactic acid build-up in your legs in the middle of a training or competition course, your handling weakens. Because of this, your dog may drift off-course. Although at trial practice you need to run non-stop for several minutes, the intensity should remain high throughout as well as the level of quality. This is why it’s important that you can run at trial practice and several courses a day at a trial without tiring.
Improving endurance as well as speed endurance exercises help your body to better resist exhaustion! Line drills are an excellent way of improving endurance in agility. Line drills mirror movement in agility, with accelerations and changes of direction. Also, their duration and distance have been designed with agility courses in mind!
2.You are thorough and stay focused
If you feel annoyed when training, or frustrated with your performance, agility loses its joy and pleasure. Your emotions and energy levels greatly affect how well you can concentrate on a performance that requires accuracy.
A basic fitness level helps you maintain good drive, concentration and attention, which are the basis of agility. In other words, a good level of endurance will not only help you cope physically but also mentally as your tolerance to stress and pressure increases.
3. Handling is easy and flowing
Do you sometimes feel that your handling is clumsy and your rhythm is off? A good coordination, balance and agility are the foundations of fluent handling. The better the timing and clarity of your cues, the clearer and faster your dog performs. Diverse agility and coordination training best develops body control skills!
4. You run fast and efficiently
If your running feels sticky, it may result from several different factors. It may be due to a lack of fitness or technique. In principle, an agility course is handled while running, so it is an important skill for an agility handler. When you run with a good technique, it is more economical and efficient.
Running develops endurance and speed qualities in many different ways. Short running spurts and coordination exercises as well as agility specific intervals are great ways to develop these qualities!
5. Your starts are explosive
Agility requires good reaction skills and speed. If you feel like you stay standing still, you will most likely be late for your next handling. It is important that you don’t stay in situations for too long but take off as fast as possible. When your muscles are able to produce strength quickly, taking off is quicker. Jumping and leaping are good ways of developing your taking off speed!
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