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huntseatgirl 01-31-2010 09:41 PM

Rider exercises to build up core and help over fences?
Does anyone know of any exercises I can do on the ground to help build up my core? I'd really like to improve my balance after fences and my ability to stay with my horse over fences.

Annaland13 02-02-2010 12:24 PM

Push ups, crunches, stretching. That's what I do and my core is pretty strong. I take dance classes and it helps with riding TONS.

JumpersRule 02-02-2010 03:04 PM

What Annaland13 said is right! Crunches definitely help a lot because once your ab muscles become stronger, your balance improves a lot more.

If you want any more tips, I'm sure you could look it up on Google or any other search engine. There's also a TON of books that show exercises to increase better cores, etc.

Hope this helped!

megs229 02-02-2010 04:35 PM

Plank exercises are great for the core. Also try doing crunches on a yoga ball, that will work all of the muscles. On the same idea, yoga and pilates are great for core strength and balance!

MIEventer 02-04-2010 08:15 PM

Yep, sit up's are very important - but just as importantly, you must use your core at all times when you are riding.

So many forget to even use their tummy muscles, so many ride with arched lower backs where they cannot utalize their tummy muscles accordingly - you should always use your core when you ride.

Proper riding postion while in tack, is just as important as doing sit up's at home.

Annaland13 02-10-2010 12:31 PM

Also, when you do crunches make sure you sink your stomach into the floor, and you only need to get your shoulders off the ground like an inch, otherwise you can hurt your back. If you're doing it right you will feel the burn. But keep going it's worth it!

CecilliaB 02-10-2010 01:15 PM

I think the most important thing about crunches is to get that reverse flexion by using an exercise ball. You will get more contraction in the muscle having to come up from leaning back and you don't have to go up as far.

Leg lifts, incline sit ups or leg lifts are great for lower abdominals

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