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post #11 of 22 Old 08-30-2013, 03:37 PM
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I've heard spin classes can be beneficial.
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post #12 of 22 Old 08-30-2013, 03:51 PM
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Yoga/Pilates is great to build your balance and strengthen your core.
Not really a sport, but this is what I was going to say. I used to do it in high school very often and it was fantastic. I need to get back into it regularly, but I do use various poses to stretch different areas after riding if needed, like pigeon pose for my hips.
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post #13 of 22 Old 08-30-2013, 11:29 PM
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I ride and started doing yoga and wow it has improved my balance and overall riding
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post #14 of 22 Old 09-05-2013, 11:00 AM
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Road cycling! If you don't have a road bike, then spinning. Like riding a horse, riding a bike strengthens your body holistically. If you join a spin class, you can focus on specific movements that will help improve your riding, strengthening your core, thighs, calves, and butt. As a triathlete, I've found that horseback riding improves all 3 of my disciplines and I'm sure it goes both ways. So, when you're finished on the bike, go for a swim and a run!
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post #15 of 22 Old 09-05-2013, 11:19 AM
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Swimming, tennis, rowing, yoga, low weights, running, biking, balance ball, Zumba. Also DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) is great for balance.
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post #16 of 22 Old 09-05-2013, 11:56 AM
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Yoga and ultimate frisbee. They don't look too hard but boy are they a workout.
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post #17 of 22 Old 09-05-2013, 01:06 PM
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Youga is great because you learn to find your center of balance and learn to relax. You also open your hip flexors.
BJJ or Akido- anything that involves a ground game. You will have an amazing stong core and be able to isolate and move 1 muscle. You will learn to have complete control of your body and be Gorrila strong without any bulk. A lot of people who run track or play tennis come to 1 jujitsu session and are off the mat exhausted within 1/2 hour. A good player can go for 3-4 hours.
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post #18 of 22 Old 09-07-2013, 12:22 AM
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My instructor has told me that running actually isn't the best sport as it tends to tighten all your muscle groups and with riding you want everything to be long and stretched out!

Swimming, yoga, pilates!

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post #19 of 22 Old 09-07-2013, 12:30 AM
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My instructor has told me that running actually isn't the best sport as it tends to tighten all your muscle groups and with riding you want everything to be long and stretched out!

Swimming, yoga, pilates!

If you work any muscle without stretching before and after, they will be tight.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #20 of 22 Old 09-08-2013, 05:22 PM
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I see yoga is popular among many of us. I love my yoga and say that it has improved my overall riding.
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