STACEY’S CORE STRENGTH TRAINING GUIDE
There are three styles of strength training that can easily be part of your life with horses.
ISOMETRIC These strengthen by holding your muscles in a static state of tension. The longer you can hold the pose, the more fast twitch muscle fibres are recruited to be strengthened. Start with your best hold time and try to work up to a minimum hold of 30 seconds.
RESISTANCE This uses heavy elastic bands that strengthen by keeping tension on your muscles in both phases of the exercise movement. Typically each exercise is performed in reps of 15 for three sets with a short rest between sets
WEIGHTS This can be either your body weight or free weights. Do each exercise for three sets. The number of reps will depend on your condition and the heaviness of the free weights. For strength with endurance, choose a weight you can lift for 15 reps. For strength with power, choose a weight that will make it a challenge to do 8-10 reps.