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    10-13-2009, 06:56 PM
  #1
Yearling
Conditioning for rider?

Any suggestions or pointers to a program for conditioning riding-specific muscles? Though I'm in good shape, I expect riding will use muscles that don't normally get used much in say hiking or biking - just as the first few days of skiing always hit for instance inner thigh muscles that walking doesn't use.
     
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    10-13-2009, 08:20 PM
  #2
Foal
Sorry I'm not answering your question, but I would love to know that question too. I think it would really improve my riding.
     
    10-13-2009, 08:49 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by frecklesgirl4ever    
Sorry I'm not answering your question, but I would love to know that question too. I think it would really improve my riding.
Same here!! Anyone have any ideas
     
    10-13-2009, 09:07 PM
  #4
Trained
I like to do yoga and a trainer I spoke with also said that when she cannot ride she uses yoga to keep herself loose and in shape. It makes sense if you think about it. Yoga strengthens your core, loosens your muscles, and helps teach you to gain control of your mind/body.

There's these articles too:

Exercise for Horseback Riding - Horse Riding Fitness

Groundwork for the Rider Exercises

Exercises for Horseback Riders - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

     
    10-13-2009, 09:08 PM
  #5
Yearling
Pilates is wonderful for horse-riders. It works your core, and upper body and its also very relaxing. Some pilates instructors also run Horse-riders classes which do specific exercises that target the muscles you use.
     
    10-14-2009, 12:00 AM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Gidji    
Some pilates instructors also run Horse-riders classes which do specific exercises that target the muscles you use.
That's the sort of thing I meant, specific exercises for horse-riding muscles, though I'm far enough out of town that going to actual classes would be a bit of a hassle.

The rest seem to be more general conditioning exercises, which I do already. I've done yoga since my teens, do my weights &c when I have time left from the hiking, biking, and other activities, and otherwise generally stay in pretty good condition.
     
    10-14-2009, 12:07 AM
  #7
Yearling
A lot of the pilates exercises are good because they engage your core. I find that since I've started pilates my sit trot has become a lot better because of my core strength. But my canter has became better too, because I've become more flexible through my hips.
I know an instructor released a good pilates for horse-riders DVD but I just can't think of its name.
     
    10-14-2009, 09:54 AM
  #8
Yearling
There's a barn near me that actually has a Pilates instructor that works there. They have a work out room with Pilates machines and have classes you can take.
     
    10-14-2009, 02:12 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Amba1027    
There's a barn near me that actually has a Pilates instructor...
Nice! But Nevada to Maryland is a bit too much of a commute for me
     

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