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post #1 of 9 Old 03-08-2012, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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staying in shape for riding????

so recently my friends and i are trying to get in shape for show season ( DDD) and we would love your exercises to stay in shape for those riding mucles. so far our training plan is
-running twice a week, 1-3 miles depending on how tired we are
-1 time a week strength training. this includes minor wieght lifting, push ups, jump rope, wall sits and sit-ups/crunches.

so, how do you stay in shape for riding?
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-08-2012, 08:08 PM
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I really like to do wall sits and use my exercise ball for various exercises that work my core strength. :)

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post #3 of 9 Old 03-08-2012, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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cool(: that sounds interesting! anyone else?
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-08-2012, 08:49 PM
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Since Mudpie's been hurt and I haven't been able to ride him, I've been running for about an hour straight every day. I don't know if it's working, but I also started eating more, so I feel a teensy bit better than I have been...

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post #5 of 9 Old 03-08-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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not going to lie, running is not my favorite exercize, its exausting!! but that does sound like a good way to stay in shape
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I hate running, which is why I swim. I swim all year round
competitively and during the season I swim 6 days a week plus Sunday dryland practice. When it's off season I do yoga and pilates.
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I stretch..a lot. It really helps my back. When Im not feeling lazy Ill go to the gym and get on the ellitical for 40 minutes...havent done that for awhile though.

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post #8 of 9 Old 03-09-2012, 12:42 AM
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Running, or even just powerwalking. If you hate running like me, I find it much better to just put my ipod on and turn it up enough so I can't hear myself puff - I can run a lot further when I'm distracted :)
Core strength is the most important thing to work on as a rider. Aim to be able to plank on elbows and toes for at least 1minute 30 seconds.

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post #9 of 9 Old 03-09-2012, 01:50 AM
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I ride my indoor bike

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