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    12-12-2011, 03:48 PM
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Trained
However fitness is fitness, and it is very important to cross train!!!!!

I know of two dressage riders this year alone that have pulled muscles in their thigh/hip area. It is very important to strengthen things that are not worked while riding so that during other exercise (ie running - as both these riders found out) there is no over stressing of weaker muscles. You need to strengthen the body as a whole not just think of what will strengthen riding muscles.

It's also important to find things you like to do. I am A-type personality so I like going to the gym and lifting stuff and going fast on a bike. I always plunk myself down beside the fittest, hardest person in the gym and go as hard as them and compete with them. I'm going to try x-country skiing this year as a "relaxing" activity haha so we'll see how that goes because I can't bike in 2 feet of snow!!
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    12-12-2011, 07:26 PM
  #12
Trained
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I'm going to try x-country skiing this year as a "relaxing" activity
Good luck with that!! While it is technically relaxing, your muscles will scream like little girls! Enjoy that nice nap afterwards.

Spinning....I'll just never get that one. I could never in a million years sit indoors on a stationary bike when I could be outside on a real bike taking in the sights. For riding exercises I do pilates and do recommend ballet. I stopped counting how many great saves I've had due to a great sense of balance.
     
    12-12-2011, 08:25 PM
  #13
Trained
Plyometrics, old school calistics. Free weight curls.
     
    12-13-2011, 11:57 AM
  #14
Foal
Interestingly enough, I'm already involved in ballet. I just started ballet, mostly because one of the many pastimes I enjoy is musical theater (which requires dance), but also because of the workout/balance I'd gain for it. Good to know I made a choice that will help my riding!

I also enjoy figure skating and downhill skiing if that makes any difference...
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    12-13-2011, 12:46 PM
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Since you're in school I HIGHLY recommend a ballet, tap or hip-hop class. The other exercises are fine, and they will help, but dance will give you flexibility and strength. Being on campus, you should be able to find an adult class. They'll teach you the discipline, but won't expect you to overstretch or balance like a professional dancer. IMO some gym work is geared to a different discipline than riding and not really a means to an end.
Yes, I agree with dance! Really helps with awareness of your body and how you are expending energy, also balance and centering your gravity. I would recommend Pilates and dance lessons if you have the time.
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