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Agility Mind Gym Exercise 1: Learning to Play and Improving Memorization
Play a game of HORSE. This is great for quick memorization and to put you into play mode for learning instead of analytical mode. You get to practice new challenges set by others. Maximum four players. Pick a number from 1 to 10. Everyone guesses. Closest to the correct number starts as the leader. The leader quickly comes up with a course, any number of obstacles allowed, and quickly explains how the course must be handled. For example, if the leader does a front cross, you must do a front cross. The leader then attempts her own course first. If she goes clean, she remains the leader for the next round and everyone else must now attempt the same course. Everyone who goes clean is safe for that round. If you have a fault, you get the first letter of the word HORSE, so you would have an “H.” If you had made two mistakes you would have a H and an O. Once everyone has had a try, the leader goes again and makes up another course. Keep it quick; impose a one minute time limit if necessary so you can’t analyze to death. Whenever the leader goes to demonstrate her course she must go clean and must do it in the way she said (like calling “eight ball in the corner pocket” in pool). If she faults or messes up, the next person in line becomes the leader. The person leading doesn’t get a letter if she messes up, she just loses the right to lead. You only get letters when you are a follower. When you have had enough mistakes to spell HORSE, you are out. Last person standing wins. The strategy is to play to your strengths and everyone else’s weaknesses to cause them to get letters. However, when you are the leader, if you make it too complicated you often mess up yourself and lose your turn so it is a balance of pushing others and knowing what you can do successfully. You can shorten the game by playing

Agility Mind Gym Exercise 2: Learning to Memorize Better
Have someone show you a course but don’t walk it. You are allowed to look at the course only from the outside boundaries. Once you have been shown the course twice, walk away and draw it, including angles, as accurately as possible without looking back at the course! Then go check your work and fix what you missed.

very fatigued. The game ended and I sat down on the bench. In a matter of minutes, I was getting worse and was rushed to the hospital. By the time we reached the Emergency Room, I was having trouble breathing, my head was spinning, and my body was literally starting to seize. My hands stiffened and curled inward like claws and I really thought I was dying. The doctor came in and as I waited for some big tragic diagnosis he announced, “You are hyperventilating... relax.” Seriously?

This extreme reaction of my body was simply from breathing too fast and too shallow! You can test this yourself. Just take five or six short, fast, shallow breaths and you will quickly see how terrible it feels. (Don’t do too many!) Then try some diaphragmatic breathing, where you take three long, slow breaths, filling your lungs from the bottom up. My shortcut way to getting into “the zone” is to lift my shoulders up high

to my ears and hold them there while I take in a deep breath to the count of five. Then I let my shoulders drop as I release the breath. I think one power thought such as “bring it on” and I’m very close to ready. You can be ready and refocused just as quickly with a bit of practice pairing a simple routine to your ideal flow state. In the next article we will talk more about dealing with fear and pressure. D

Kathy Keats has been competing in elite athletics her entire life, with great success. She has been fascinated with human potential and peak performance and has dedicated much of her life to learning how to apply these principles in her various endeavors, as well as teaching others how to reach their potential. Kathy’s success at the national and international level in multiple venues demonstrates a plan for success, not simply a talent in one area. Kathy wants to see everyone become the best they can be and reach their goals in whatever life path they choose. You can reach her at kathy@theagilitycoach.ca. 38 Clean Run | August 12



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Clean Run - August 2012
Contents
Editorializing: On Insanity
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
The Information Highway of Agility
Analyze This!
Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Seesaw Training: The Bang Game and the Pre-Bang Game
But He’s Perfect at Home
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Contents
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Editorializing: On Insanity
Clean Run - August 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - August 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - August 2012 - Backyard Dogs
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Clean Run - August 2012 - The Information Highway of Agility
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Analyze This!
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
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Clean Run - August 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
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