Only since last week I've been able to do 2 to 3 chin ups in a row. A month ago I could do only 1, and a year ago I could not even do one with the help of my toes on the ground...
However, a gradual process of progressive exercises helped me out to strengthen my arm and back muscles and nowadays they are strong enough to carry my own weight.
And it's interesting to realize that there is no 'quick fix' to get yourself to the level of doing a series of chin ups in a row. You have to gradually polish your technique, mobility, strength and coordination, and you need to do preparatory exercises for months and months, before you are able to do the 'real deal'.
Now the same applies to horses: there's no highway to the 'fancy' P's, it's a gradual and progressive process of years to develop muscles, mobility and strength so the horse is able to do a well balanced and well coordinated piaffe, passage and pirouette.
Now the reason why I started doing these chin ups and other arm, back, chest, leg and core exercises, such as squats, lunges and several press, lift, pull down, pull up, pull over exercise, as well as a bunch of different stretch exercises, is to be able to be the example for my horses and to experience from the inside out what it takes to develop muscles, mobility and strength. It's important to experience your own asymmetry in your legs and arms, to experience muscle pain whilst being on your own ST journey, knowing from the inside out how it feels to have a high heartbeat or to be out of breath, to feel mentally challenged, to meet emotions that were hiding in stiff muscles, and to experience many other aspects of being on a journey of personal development.
It helps you to understand your horse deeply from the inside out whilst doing Straightness Training, because you have 'been there, done that'.
And another reason is, that I'm preparing my 'ST for the rider' program which we will be released in 2017, and that will cover fitness, nutrition, health, vitality and creating good habits, so riders can optimize their energy, strength, and happiness.
Now if you are interested, but can't wait for this program to be released , just start with a very simple, but VERY important and effective exercise:
- Hang like a monkey for 5 seconds.
Hanging like a monkey with two hands on a branch, rod or climbing frame really causes you to let go of unconscious tension.
It's super powerful!!!
And over a period of time, expand this period gradually - by adding 1 second at the time - all the way up to 30 seconds. Just hang a few times a week, and gradually increase the amount of seconds.
Enjoy the process and enjoy your discoveries on what it does to your body, mind and soul!