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  1. #21
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    Weatherford - would your book be as useful for someone not jumping? (you know, like a dressage geek)?

    One of my goals this year is to incorporate as much info into a fitness training program for myself and my horse.
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    There is also a downloadable book from www.equestrian-pilates.com. It's $15 and goes straight to your computer.

    Pilates is great. I teach it here in SE PA. My trainer has seen great improvement in her students who "do Pilates."

    Try it and see if it works for you.



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    Very timely! Thanks to the OP!

    From those who've done / do this stuff, is it really necessary to go to a class, or can I simply scare up Weatherford's book and work it out at home in my pjs? Thanks!



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    I'd say class - because (like with riding!) it is so easy to cheat. You need the eyes on the ground, as it were.

    I do a class once a week and try and do a mini session every day (which means, 3-4 times a week, not counting class).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saskatoonian View Post
    Very timely! Thanks to the OP!

    From those who've done / do this stuff, is it really necessary to go to a class, or can I simply scare up Weatherford's book and work it out at home in my pjs? Thanks!
    I would start by combining both, until you know the basic proper techniques.
    Once you know what you are doing, you will be the best judge of how to proceed.



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    I have a fantastic Pilates instructor who told me that the Total Gym is really similar to the Pilates Reformer, except on an angle. That it is possible to do all the Pilates Reformer exercises, except the standing ones, on the Total Gym. so try that



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    I was afraid of that. But if I didn't want the answer, I shouldn't have asked the question. Thanks, guys.



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    Default Think the other way..........

    In life, torso stability (or if you prefer, strength) starts at the foot.

    The ankle influences torso stability.

    So yes, any one of a number of exercise will help with your torso stability. Just find something you like and start there.

    Oh, and you don't have to be flexible to utilize Pilates.

    However I'm a bit perplexed......
    If your ankle prevents you from running, why not ride any of the stationary bikes that have arms (Ie Air-dyne)? Put your bad foot on the peg and off you go.
    Are you in a boot? Is there something preventing you from using a bike?

    If at the highest resistance (which I think is 60% body weight) you are still doing 15+ reps for an exercise, put something on the carriage like plate steel or hay bale?
    I believe there is also enough space that you could tie the low end of the carriage to the frame with bungee cord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medical mike View Post
    In life, torso stability (or if you prefer, strength) starts at the foot.

    The ankle influences torso stability.

    So yes, any one of a number of exercise will help with your torso stability. Just find something you like and start there.

    Oh, and you don't have to be flexible to utilize Pilates.

    However I'm a bit perplexed......
    If your ankle prevents you from running, why not ride any of the stationary bikes that have arms (Ie Air-dyne)? Put your bad foot on the peg and off you go.
    Are you in a boot? Is there something preventing you from using a bike?

    If at the highest resistance (which I think is 60% body weight) you are still doing 15+ reps for an exercise, put something on the carriage like plate steel or hay bale?
    I believe there is also enough space that you could tie the low end of the carriage to the frame with bungee cord.

    Regards,
    Medical Mike
    equestrian medical researcher
    www.fitfocusedforward.us


    I am in a boot but it's mainly for when I'm doing a lot of walking (school, work etc) and I can take it off. After exams are over this week, I'm planning on getting back in the grove of going to the gym. I'll try not to let boredom get in the way by using the personal trainers there in hopes that I'll be more focused that way.

    There are bikes at the gym that I did as a warm-up when I was going before. I usually did 15 minutes with a 5 minute cool down and let it pick the level (it has a feature where you can put your age in and weight (if I remember correctly?) and it sets it to the level most suited for you.

    There are also pilates classes at the gym that I could take... so I"ll probably look into those as well and see if I can watch one first to see how it works.
    "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"



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    Default Hmmm.........

    O.k., the basics are still the same.
    Cardio in your calculated HR range minimum of 30 minutes.
    Gradual increase in the intensity of your resistance exercises (you'll need to test to know how far to progress)

    I get the intermittent boot, however that tells me your lower extremity will need a more focused program. Have the personal trainer talk to your rehab specialist.

    Just remember that being in the boot influences EVERYTHING from the foot up. Do your testing, identify pattern weakness's, work those along with your weight training.

    Regards,
    Medical Mike
    equestrian medical researcher
    www.fitfocusedforward.us



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