Tag Archives: core strength

Above All Else, Be Flexible

Flexibility may not be the first focus that comes to mind when discussing rider fitness. Unless we have very short legs and a very broad horse, flexibility training may seem to be an unnecessary part of a typical Rider Fitness program. Quite the opposite. Particularly as we get a little long in the tooth, flexibility […]

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Strong Body, Soft Aids

Is it surprising to find strength training as a foundation focus in a sport that requires finesse and softness? On the surface, strength seems to have no place in rider fitness, horse riding or horse training. With the increased popularity of ‘starting’ a colt rather than ‘breaking’ a horse, training that emphasizes a relationship with […]

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Balance: The Companion of Core Stability

The ability of a rider to remain in balance while riding is unquestionably one of the five foundation focuses of rider fitness. Ask any rider who has had an unexpected lesson in the power of gravity! First, a rider needs to develop balance in a stationary position (sitting in the saddle while not moving).  Then […]

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The Five Foundation Focuses of Rider Fitness

Core. Balance.
Strength. Flexibility. Cardio.
COMPLETE RIDER FITNESS!

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Rider Fitness Tip: Incline Push-Up

Some fitness professionals consider the push-up the ‘perfect exercise’ and it is easy to see why. The push-up requires no equipment other than you and works many parts of your body all at once.  Not only does the push-up work your chest, but it also works your triceps and  your core (huge bonus for riders). […]

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The Core: Stabilize THEN Strengthen

Core Training has become a very popular “buzz phrase” in fitness environments are rightfully so! Core Training can help with lower back pain, improve sports performance and give you that coveted 6 pack abs. If your sport’s focus includes rider fitness, you won’t have to leave the barn aisle in order to hear both trainers […]

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Sit Up Tall in the Saddle?

  Growing up, I constantly struggled with my posture while riding. Looking back, it seems my time in the saddle was spent either with a back too rounded or one arched in a way that caused my lower back to ache long after my riding time for the day was complete. Since I also knew many […]

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