Tag Archives: rider fitness

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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Enjoy a short but powerful core stabilization workout!

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How Many Calories Do I Need?

Check out three simple calorie calculating methods to determine your rider fitness needs.

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Barefoot to a Better Base

Did you know that making a simple change in your athletic shoes could improve your rider fitness?

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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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