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  • Good stretches for equestrian
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    03-31-2011, 06:35 PM
  #11
Trained
OP, do you have an advice on how to build muscle mass if you're a 40 something? I'm finding my muscles fatigue very easily to the point where I can't get any real muscle building accomplished. It's definitely much harder to do as I get older.
     
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    03-31-2011, 06:54 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Great post! It's like basic things but gone into more explaination for us equestrians! And #2 is really good!

Is there any stretches that would help build some muscle and flexibilty?
     
    04-02-2011, 05:20 AM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
Great post! It's like basic things but gone into more explaination for us equestrians! And #2 is really good!

Is there any stretches that would help build some muscle and flexibilty?
Dear Ray

Thank you. I hope you all found it useful. I would say that you need to focus more on mobility. This reflects the range of movement about a joint. This will in turn help your flexibility.

In terms of specific stretches it is important for the equestrian athlete to stretch the inner thigh, calf muscles and chest. This will help to reduce the negative effects of riding on the posture.

You should consider performing exercises that open up the hip and activate the glutes. If you speak to a well trained exercise professional they will be able to show the exercises. Ask them to show you 'Hip Extension' exercises. It is a bit difficult for me to explain on here.

I hope this helps

Matt
     
    04-02-2011, 01:26 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Thanks! It did! :)
     
    04-03-2011, 08:16 PM
  #15
Foal
2. Short bursts of activity- By exercising for too long you may be actually making yourself fatter.

That's cool, I never knew that (:...

What about things such as exercising my calf muscles? I only go to the horse farm on weekends, since I have school still, so I don't get to exercise my legs as much for riding horses. Are there any basic exercises I could do at home to help build my leg muscles?
     
    04-03-2011, 10:11 PM
  #16
Weanling
Hi Matt,

Very interesting, thanks! Wanted to know your thoughts on green tea? Never had tulsi tea but I drink heaps of green tea for those reasons. Also, shouldnt strength training help out? I feel like people in general give cardio more attention than strength.
     
    04-04-2011, 04:13 PM
  #17
Foal
Shasta1981- Green tea is ok, tulsi tea is better. Green tea tends to have a small amount of caffiene in it.

Tulsi tea is from the holy basil, very powerful anti oxidant.

Purplefrog55- Some of the best leg exercises are the most basic ones. Its hard for me to explain in typing, but here is a video I put together


I hope this helps

Matt:)
     
    04-04-2011, 04:20 PM
  #18
Yearling
"2. Short bursts of activity- By exercising for too long you may be actually making yourself fatter."

I don't understand that. My other "sport" is mountaineering. That might involve 6-12 hours (or lots more if things go a bit wrong and you end up in an epic) of pretty continuous exercise. Does that really effect your riding?

I've not noticed any effect of hillwalking and climbing on my riding, but find riding keeps me fit enough to get up a mountain even when I haven't been out in the hills for months.
     
    04-04-2011, 04:53 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by TheEquestrianAthleteCoach    
Shasta1981- Green tea is ok, tulsi tea is better. Green tea tends to have a small amount of caffiene in it.

Tulsi tea is from the holy basil, very powerful anti oxidant.

Purplefrog55- Some of the best leg exercises are the most basic ones. Its hard for me to explain in typing, but here is a video I put together

YouTube - Equestrian Split Squat Pulsing

I hope this helps

Matt:)
Thank you Matt! That's just the thing I have been looking for(:
     
    04-29-2011, 10:21 PM
  #20
Weanling
I was wondering if doing yoga and pilates would be better vs an hr long cardio or aerobic work out? Also thanks for the vid :P my calves are screaming just by watching YOU do it!
     

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