I am usually not a fan of “always”, rarely use “never’ and avoid “every” as often as I do “no.” This time I am breaking my own rules and with good reason. When a fitness program comes along that is this powerful for riders, I have to break my own rules. 

As a fitness professional that specializes in rider fitness, I realize the every individual is unique. Every rider has different fitness goals, starting points, strengths and weaknesses. As different as each rider is, we also have more in common than not.  

Every rider wants a stable core. All athletic movement in the rider (and the horse) originates in the core. Stability in the saddle? Originates in the core. Ability to remain with our horse in upward and downward transitions? Originates in the core. An effective half-halt? Yup, the core. The savvy to stick with our horse over jump? Same answer. Fluid turns around barrels? Core wins again. 

I think you get the picture.

Piyo Collage

It actually goes even further. The finesse of movement that flows from a stable core creates confidence in the rider. A strong core is also one piece of the puzzle that creates the environment for a safe ride.

The next most common desire of the athletic rider is balance. For obvious reasons. Balance comes from alignment and body awareness. It is also the companion to core stabilization. You really can’t have one with the other.

Flexibility is essential for a ride that looks like a dance-but it is also valuable to protect the rider from injury. Open hip flexors, open chest, and full range of motion of all joints are the rewards of investing in flexibility.

Strength in the shoulders and upper back create that gorgeous posture in the saddle that is coveted by most riders. Leg strength is an essential for any rider who intends to do anything other than sit there. And no, athletic riders do NOT just sit there.

Cardio fitness is needed for longer rides and basic overall heart health. A healthy cardiorespiratory system also contributes to better brain function.

So what if I told you that you could all of this in one simple 60 day program that you do in your home? That all you would need is a yoga mat and a willingness to try? Would I catch your interest?

Piyo is a low-impact home fitness program created by Beachbody (they also make super extreme programs like P90X and Insanity) that released in June 2014. I immediately started using the program in my Rider Fitness Boot Camps and honestly had NO idea how amazing it would be for riders. I truly believe this program could prove to be the game changer in rider fitness. I jokingly tell my Boot Campers that if every rider had Piyo, every horse would be a little happier. Come to think of it, I am not kidding. 

In 2014 I have had over 100 riders commit to the Athletic Rider Boot Camps-over 70 of those riders used the Piyo program for their rider fitness workouts. The results have been nothing less than astounding.  Not only have riders lost weight, gained strength and flexibility and improved their riding, they have improved their overall fitness and health.  They feel better, the horses perform better and riding coaches are noticing.

The question is really not why every rider needs Piyo because every rider does. The question is actually whether Piyo right for you at your current fitness level.  As I mentioned earlier, every rider is an individual and may need a “introductory” program first before giving Piyo a try. 

If you would be interested in learning whether Piyo is right for you, I would love to learn more about you and give you my best recommendation. If you decide you want to give it a try and get your program through the Athletic Rider, you will become a part of my fitness team called Team Dark Horse. I will coach you through the program at no additional cost.

Do you want to turn the volume up a little more on your rider fitness? Plan on using Piyo in an upcoming Athletic Rider Boot Camp. You won’t be disappointed. I love to throw a great fitness party.

I can’t wait to give you all the details. All you need to do is CONTACT ME to get started. 

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