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post #1 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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staying in shape?

How do you stay in shape and develop your fitness levels and muscle groups for riding?

I ask beacuse I feel I would preform better and get more from my horse if I was slightly more fitter and toned for the job!!

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 05:47 PM
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The best muscle group to work is your core. Work with yoga, balance, and your abs, like curl-ups, working with a ball, etc.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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O god build up my abs I really hoped nobody would say that I hate all that kinda workouts.

If its useful for my riding ill do it though.

Also how long do you ride ofr before it becomes a health benefit

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 05:56 PM
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I honestly don't do any type of excersize outside of riding and caring for my horses. It is amazing how good a shape loping circles all day will get you in.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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At the moment im only riding two horses a day for roughly an hour each and no more stable cleaning as there at grass lost that exercise to!!

I just feel I could do an awful lot more for my riding!!

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post #6 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 06:06 PM
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Can I loan you 4 or 5 that are broke but just need the crap rode out of them every day?

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post #7 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hahaha you most certainly can!!! I have far to much time on my hands that I want to exercise that is a BAD sign!!

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post #8 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 06:31 PM
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If you want to tone your legs, bareback riding helps with that.

As for the rest, working out in the gym and yoga helps. :)

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post #9 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 11:17 AM
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I agree with Smrobs. I am highly resentful of excersize because I am slightly lazy and non-athletic, but I'm still in good shape from riding all the time. Posting actually works in sort-of the same way jogging does.....Eh. Sort of. Works good enough at least

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 11:21 AM
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I also have difficulty because of my disability. Working does keep you fairly in shape, if not through loss fat through gain of muscle. One thing I highly recomimend AGAINST however is jogging. Ellipticals and such should be fine, but I wouldn't do any sort of impact exercising because it'll screw your knees up.
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