Deload Weeks Don't Cover YOUR Inconsistencies

Another thing to be said about deload weeks; they aren’t implemented in the programming as an excuse to miss sessions or to mask the inconsistencies in training. With the programming becoming more readily available and more people utilizing it, I’m seeing many add deload weeks in whenever they feel. The idea of adding additional deload weeks to allow recovery from the work is fine, except, in the very beginning programming—- your dog is barely working. I hate to be the one to say that but……. the percentages we are working with are just beginner work. Adding in ADDITIONAL deloads (aside from the preprogrammed ones) look like you just can’t be consistent in training for whatever reasons ( life). Sprinkling in a deload isn’t your best option here…….repeating weeks or weights might be (talk to your coach!). Adding TOO many deload weeks will result in a dog who will stall in progress and never learn HOW to push through resistance.. literally and figureatively.

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Ashley Sculac
Fatigue Masks Fitness; well earned rest days.

The true rest days are the days that I fear get missed. With handlers/owners leading such busy lives, preparing for events, competitions, owning dogs that are bred for work—- we sometimes fail to grant our dogs the days of not having anything demanded of them. Believe it or not, there is true value and health promotion in those rest days. I know for me, personally, balance is key… and it’s been quite the challenge making myself take those days of NOT doing anything physically exerting or strenuous.

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Ashley Sculac
Taper Down in order to Peak

Now in order for your dog to properly PEAK the day of a competition, you need to make sure he or she is prepared. Preparedness refers to not only mentally prepared, but also physically…… which consists of the dogs level of fitness and fatigue….. two variables that are extremely important to consider when doing resistance training ( and if you’ve been following the programming, you will have been mindful of both!) Fitness is the idea of how well your dog’s body and mind are developed to handle the weight. Fatigue, on the other hand, is a variable that is constantly changing with each session, with each cycle and program. It is to be considered and changed upon preparation for a competition or a competitive pull.

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Ashley Sculac
Harness Makers; Who I Recommend

With CRT quickly spreading beyond the United States, my recommended harness maker list is ever growing (which is awesome!) We now have certified trainers in Canada, the US, and soon to be Australia. Having clients order from makers in the US alone, will delay training, as they are on a pretty backed up schedule and can’t keep up with the demand. Plan ahead, order in advance and be prepared to wait.

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Ashley Sculac
Don't Build a House on Cards.

Muscle hypertrophy is the LAST thing you will see developing as a result of consistent training. THIS is why progressive overload and time under tension are key. Logic would assume that heavier weight, shorter distances to a novice dog would provide both adequate time under tension and sufficient overload… but it will not yield GPP. General Physical Preparedness or Preparation is the framework… this is your dog’s Building Blocks.

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Ashley Sculac