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post #1 of 6 Old 06-26-2012, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Exercises to strengthen leg muscles!

I've been taking lessons on my horse and during our next lesson she wants to work on my jumping position. Today she introduced me to the 'half-seat' (not sure if it's the same thing as two-point) and holy crap my legs burned afterwards lol But I want to exercises out of the saddle and was wondering if anybody knows of any exercises to strengthen those muscles?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-26-2012, 05:39 PM
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I also find the phrases half-seat and two point interchangeable, I think they're the same...? I would keep on practicing doing haf-seat when the opportunity arrives, put a basketball in between your upper legs and squeeze(this targets thigh muscles), pretend that your doing half-seat while standing(back arched and everything) and trust me this burns, and lunges to the left, right, front, back. Lunges, lunges, lunges, and more lunges. I have never found an exercise that beats leg strength than lunges. Good luck and have fun!
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-26-2012, 05:42 PM
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Demi plies and grand plies and lots of stairs. You need your entire leg for 1/2-seat, and you need a stretched or flexed foot with a pliable ankle.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-02-2012, 12:45 PM
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Swats help- proper ones! Get a gym membership if your really serious about getting in shape. Swimming is great, also running and joggin but if you start on a tredmill to get used to it then go joggin outside. A tredmill is really just joggin/ running/ walking on the spot you really don't use much muscle you just stretch your calf( calve?) muscles.

Leg presses are great and weight training. You can look online for "at home leg exercises" and that will show you a lot but squats are THE BEST. So look online for how to do them with and without weights. There's an exercise and I don't know te name of it but you: position 1-jumping jack then you #2-jump to the ground and put your arms out on the ground with your legs behind you ( looks like / \ ) then put your legs down more and do #3 a push up then go back to position 2 then back to number one the jumping jack and do 3 sets of 9. Or 3 sets of 3 and work your way up.

Stretching is essential and always stretch after and this will help everything. But if you really want to get in shape get a gym membership, there's only so much you can do at home
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-05-2012, 11:23 AM
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The exercise Mckellar is describing is called "burpee."
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-05-2012, 05:09 PM
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I tore my meniscus in January and just went back to riding last week. I've been in physical therapy for over six months (and still am). I've finally overcome my knee injury, so my physical therapist is now aiming to strengthen the muscles in my legs. One of the exercises I perform at physical therapy requires a pillow and a wall.

Take the pillow and fold it in half. Place it between your thighs. Then, with your back against the wall, slowly slide down until you are in a sitting position, squeezing the pillow tightly. Hold this position for 15 seconds and then come back up again. Trust me, it burns, but it really helps.

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