Cross-training: is there anything a rider shouldn't do?
So (thanks to Groupon) I bought a class pass at a local pilates/barre studio near me. Had my first class yesterday, and really enjoyed it! A lot of the mat pilates stuff was things I've done before in other classes, which are great for riding core strength. I loved the barre section too, but I'm wondering if the ideas in a barre workout will go against what I'm working on in my riding (ie, spiraling thighs out isn't exactly what you want on a horse!). But then again, I'm a novice-level rider who has no great aspirations (or, sadly, any innate ability :lol:) so I'm wondering what harm it can do?
So are there any exercises/methods/classes that really do mess too much with the unique fitness needs of a rider?