FF810: Beginner at Home Strength Training for Handlers

Instructor: Karen Kay

Course Details

Do you want to begin a strength training or weight lifting program at home, but don't know where to start?


Do you want to learn basic strength training exercises with dumbbells and a stability or yoga ball that can be done in the comfort of your own home?


Do you want to increase strength, lose weight, gain lean muscle mass, improve your overall fitness, prevent injuries, and improve your handling skills for your dog sport(s)?

Strength training provides remarkable results in those who have tried and failed at overhauling their fitness with just diet or cardio.  Consistent training (more than twice a week for 12 weeks) can provide such benefits as:

  • Increased muscle fiber size
  • Increased muscle contractile strength
  • Increased tendon strength
  • Increased ligament strength

All of these benefits add up to a much healthier, fitter body that is less likely to be injured.  This class will review common mistakes to avoid when strength training and guidelines for beginner weight/strength training workouts.  We will use bodyweight exercises, dumbbell exercises, and exercise band or tubing exercises along with a stability or yoga ball.

I will address seven different type of strength and their benefits.  These include:

  • Agile Strength
  • Strength Endurance
  • Explosive Strength
  • Maximum Strength
  • Relative Strength
  • Speed Strength
  • Starting Strength

Handlers will be given weekly workouts that should be performed three times per week.  However, you can still perform core/abdominal exercises and cardio on three more days each week.  Just make sure to take a minimum of one day off per week and try to place a day between each of your three strength training days (Mon/Wed/Fri or Tue/Thur/Sat).

This is meant to be a beginner class for those wishing to improve their handling skills and prevent injuries while participating in their dog sport(s).  Come and get stronger with me!