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    06-09-2012, 10:38 AM
^ in regard to the feet, I wasn't sure if I should straddle the ball as if sitting astride a horse, or, put them out in front, etc... (just felt I should clarify!) :0) So shoulder-width, with them short of in front of the ball/slightly , off to the sides, and gradually moving toward being able to balance seated on the ball w/o the use of legs/feet. I think I get it. Makes sense...thanks again!
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    06-09-2012, 01:52 PM
Plank- in a 'push-up' type position- weight on elbows directly under your shoulder, hands clasped. Spine neutral (straight). Toes (not knee) supporting lower body. Engage core and hold. Try for 45secs (or more). Relax. Repeat.
Better for your back than sit-ups.
Side Bridge is again weight on elbow directly under shoulder. Knees bent at 45 degree angle and together, supporting lower body. Raise up on elbow keeping neutral spinal alignment. Engage core. Hold for 45secs. Rest. Repeat. Both sides!!
Works lateral core muscles.
The 'clam' is similar. Lie on your side head resting on arm. Slowly open and close legs keeping ankles together and knees aligned. Keep spine neutral. Engage core and buttocks. Works hipflexors.
Happy work out!!
    06-09-2012, 04:22 PM
Ohh, okay!!..Those are the core exercises I've been doing, the first exercise, as recommended by my ex-military hubby, (who knows I am a mess with names of things so calls it, " The holding pushup")...which is also used in my "Yoga for Equestrians" on You Tube, though they don't call it anything like that...some yoga-ish word (see? Already at a loss!) :0)

I also bought a small exercise ball a few weeks back which is fairly large with high pressure, and place it between my upper thighs, mid-way between my knee and my pelvis, and practice squeezing the ball anytime I sit down, then lie down on left/right sides and do it to do resistance (adduction, rather than abduction), training to strengthen the holding muscle power in that works and if I sit down to watch something on tv, I feel better if I'm at least doing SOMETHING POSITIVE with the bod at the same time!

I do about 5 sets of 8 reps in sitting, L laying, R laying position, and then repeat the next time I sit, trainer equates this with the "Thighmaster" people used to use in the 80's! Since I don't think they MAKE THOSE ANYMORE :0), I do this. I'll Def. Try the two others you recommended "clam" & "side bridge"...thanks again! All in the pursuit of the perfect "seat"...& NOT the kind the guys like, but the kind our horses like! Hee hee , not the my husband minds...:0)

I've been pretty "fit" our whole 10 year marriage, (he met me coming off the tail-end of my illness, but did go through my MASSIVE weight gain of 90lbs and loss of 70 of the lbs. Over subsequent years...which did show him I'm committed to health, however, he had NEVER ONCE made me feel fat or bad about myself during the whole process, in fact, quite the opposite, which looking back now I know must have been hard for him, but I guess the fact that I wasn't going to die made something like being overweight @ the time pretty trivial...he's an amazing guy...but now that horses have me SUPER COMMITTED TO HEALTH, strength training, weight loss of the final 20lbs, he's definitely happy to see my body back as it would have been!

He's been all to pleased to workout with me and give guidance, but riding muscles are different than bodybuilding muscles and he doesn't always recommend the sort of exercises I tend to like for building core, inner thigh, etc...and I HATE WEIGHTS! I do the "Superman fly's" for lower back strength, with his guidance and my yoga dude on you tube, as well. I've managed to piece together a pretty nice piecemeal workout program! Anyhow, thank you again so much for the advice, dqnaomi! Best to you, as well! :0)
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