Above All Else, Be Flexible

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 training becomes one of the... Read More

Strong Body, Soft Aids

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 your equine partner rather than... Read More

Rider Fitness Tip: Incline Push-Up

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). The push-up also helps create... Read More

The Core: Stabilize THEN Strengthen

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 and riders speak about the benefits... Read More