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post #1 of 6 Old 01-06-2013, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Get Fit for Riding?

Hi guys! I was wondering what you guys do to stay (or get) fit for riding? Any specific exercises or workouts that you see transferring over to better riding?
I usually ride two or three horses once a week or so but between Christmas vacation and snowstorms, I haven't been to the barn in close to three weeks. I don't want to go back and suddenly have jello legs and be sore after an hour of riding!
Also, I need something I can stick to long-term because I'll continue the workouts between rides.

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-06-2013, 02:55 PM
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YOGA. It provides improved balance, flexibility, circulation and core strength. It's helped me a lot, and I'd recommend it to anyone, despite it's association with hippies and/or the "New Age". Frankly, I can see why they do it. I reckon that Pilates would yield similar results.

I also like it because it can be done indoors, and you still get quite a workout. I don't have any exercise machines, and I'm not terribly inspired to go for a run when it's -30.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-09-2013, 10:01 PM
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equibarre cd

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post #4 of 6 Old 01-10-2013, 12:31 PM
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I do zumba 2x a week and have started some strength training. Have ordered the equibarre dvd and will see how that is.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-13-2013, 01:50 PM
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I find that if I keep my core strong, I'm definitely a more efficient rider. I love Tae-Bo but I've also now discovered Jillian Michaels's DVD's and abosolutely love it! I've completed 30 Day Shred and am now busy with 6 week, 6 pack. I get good results from it!
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-21-2013, 09:32 PM
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Whole body strength training has drastically improved my riding over the past year, as well as balancing exercises on the ground :)
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