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post #1 of 2 Old 03-04-2013, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Something wrong? Calf Soreness

Hi - Been riding 8 months now .. and for first time I'm feeling the delayed muscle soreness in my calves and to a lesser extent in outer hamstrings - almost the sides of my thighs as oppoesed to hamstrings proper.

My trainer has ramped up my 2 point exercises - and I've started doing much more initial cross rail work -- mostly still trotting.

I was wondering if now that my core is a little better, if the calf / hams soreness is good in that I'm working different muscles now, or is bad in that it means I'm doing something wrong.

Usually it was my quads and inner thighs that were always sore. Now my quads feel better. I feel things more now in my lower back (not bad - just muscles working), calves and sofetimes glutes
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post #2 of 2 Old 03-04-2013, 10:40 AM
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Your problem is that you lack the muscles to ride at this level.
You need to stretch, like a dancer does, no bounces, just hold the stretch and relax your body--relaxing your stomach helps to relax the rest of your body. Straddle and stretch left, right and center. Do this on the floor at home. Use the carpet, or use a mat, or even your bed. Stretch your calves by using a step. Stand on it and lower your heels. Climb the stairs slowly, stretching your calves by lowering one heel at a time with every step.
You need to focus on your legs bc lack of leg stretch makes your back muscles work in a way that they shouldn't, which is beyond JUST holding your torso up. Back muscles can be easily thrown out. 5 pounds of weight will do it.
Learn to do "plies". Demi-plies work well, but then you graduate to grand-plies. Even though we ride toes forward, do the plies in turnout. Strong legs make a strong rider.
Also, learn to do crunches without putting your hands behind your neck.
RE: repetitions--however many repetitions you can do TODAY, is the # of repetitions you will try to do every day or, at least 3x/week. THIS is the secret to creating a 15-20 exercise habit, instead of climbing a mountain of more and more repetitions bc you will become discouraged and give up.
THIS will help you. =D
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