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Chubby, flubby, not-so-strong...do it for the horse!

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  • Chubby, flubby, not-so-strong...do it for the horse!

    Anyone else struggling to get their body in line with the athleticism we expect and work toward with our horses? The more fit we are, the better we can feel and use seat bones, thigh muscles, etc. Why is it so darn hard to put the same energy into improving my conditioning as I do my horse's? Any inspiring stories floating out here in COTH-land?

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    Constant issue for me and I'm not doing well at the moment.

    My bad ankle restricts my cardio to the elliptical and it's taken a year for my repetitive stress injuries to both shoulders to heal. I should be able to go back to strength training in a month or so if I am careful.

    After losing 30 lbs I've gained 10 back
    I wasn't always a Smurf
    Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
    "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
    The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

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    • #3
      Fella went into full training in March and I check in on the process on a regular basis. I realized pretty quickly that I have to be fit and strong too to keep up with him. Having had the opportunity to ride actual dressage horses, including one PSG schoolmaster (dressage horses, not school horses with lateral movement training) I realized just how much I would need to be in shape not to set him back.

      So I put myself in training too. I joined Soldier Fit - a local hooah calisthenics group. I'm not trying to be skinny just strong. I needed wind and I needed strength.

      Don't get me wrong; I didn't suddenly find the motivation to get up and go 3 to 4 days a week. That has been a process and it's like alcoholism or something; every day is a struggle. I just don't give up.

      But you're right; what's the point of getting the horse fit if you're going to get in his way?

      Paula
      He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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      • #4
        I have lost 40 pounds (and many more to go) since Nov. I have always been strong, but have felt my weight negatively impacts my riding simply due to the number.

        IME (and research) exercise plays a much smaller role in weight loss than diet. Exercise is still important for other reasons. (Personal example I took up running a couple of summers ago. I ran 4-8K 3-4 times a week. I ate sensibly and lost no weight. I did manage to do a 5K race, where I ended up smack dab in the middle of my age catagory..)

        I hope to lose another 50 by next show season as I have been really enjoying getting back in the saddle this year.

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        • #5
          For me it's definitely a lack of exercise. My eating habits are okay, but I am ridiculously sedentary. I go from being on the move all the time to days of sitting on my behind I'm afraid. So for me exercise will make me strong very fast. That's how it's happened in the past. I have those kinds of genes.

          Paula
          He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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          • #6
            I was working with a personal trainer this winter. And I injured a knee, an elbow, and more recently, a shoulder. Maybe I'm really only "pasture sound"

            Seriously, though, I have a lot of joint problems, and I think when (if) I'm ever uninjured enough to start up at the gym again, I'm going to ditch the personal trainer, and go slowly. Why those people feel the need to push, push, push even when I say "No really, I'm in pain, and it's NOT the good kind" I really don't understand. And I'm tired of trusting them, and then realizing I was right, and ending up in physical therapy for the millionth time.

            So anyhow, the moral of my story is that it's great to get in better shape, but just like you wouldn't risk injuring your horse by asking too much too soon, you should show your body the same kind of consideration!
            "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
            -Edward Hoagland

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            • #7
              Not all Personal Trainers are created equal.

              Wayside-You needed a different personal trainer. Not to end the program.
              Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

              Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wayside View Post
                I was working with a personal trainer this winter. And I injured a knee, an elbow, and more recently, a shoulder. Maybe I'm really only "pasture sound"

                Seriously, though, I have a lot of joint problems, and I think when (if) I'm ever uninjured enough to start up at the gym again, I'm going to ditch the personal trainer, and go slowly. Why those people feel the need to push, push, push even when I say "No really, I'm in pain, and it's NOT the good kind" I really don't understand. And I'm tired of trusting them, and then realizing I was right, and ending up in physical therapy for the millionth time.

                So anyhow, the moral of my story is that it's great to get in better shape, but just like you wouldn't risk injuring your horse by asking too much too soon, you should show your body the same kind of consideration!
                I need to remember this.

                When I got a cortisone shot in my shoulder I asked the ortho if it was OK to stack hay the following day. He said "You do realize that that might be why you NEED the cortisone shot"
                I wasn't always a Smurf
                Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
                "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ellie Mae View Post
                  Anyone else struggling to get their body in line with the athleticism we expect and work toward with our horses? The more fit we are, the better we can feel and use seat bones, thigh muscles, etc. Why is it so darn hard to put the same energy into improving my conditioning as I do my horse's? Any inspiring stories floating out here in COTH-land?
                  (winces with sore muscles to raise arm) Yep.

                  I took MrBlueMoon's horse, Scout, to a clinic on Sunday and realized a few things about myself. I should not expect Scout to attempt feats of greatness if I am huffing and puffing and struggling to keep my balance because my core isn't strong. It drove the point home for me that I need to work on ME to be a fitter rider even more than I need to work on Scout to face his fears of things that go "BUMP" around the arena.
                  Alis volat propriis.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by paulaedwina View Post
                    For me it's definitely a lack of exercise. My eating habits are okay, but I am ridiculously sedentary. I go from being on the move all the time to days of sitting on my behind I'm afraid. So for me exercise will make me strong very fast. That's how it's happened in the past. I have those kinds of genes.

                    Paula
                    This is me! I am a closet couch potato! I can accomplish many things quickly but can also park it for hours on end I would love to find the balance and keep it.
                    Dawn

                    Patience and Consistency are Your Friends

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                    • #11
                      I should modify that and say I can go from being on the move all the time to months of sitting on my behind I'm afraid. Balance...yeah I've heard of the term, but I'm not personally familiar with it. Working on that.
                      He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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                      • #12
                        At 65, I suddenly realized that it ain't going to get better by doing the same old-same old lard ass inactivity/munchie gulping then expecting to ride somewhat competently. Add life stresses, and it makes everything that much harder.

                        I recently joined a gym for treadmill and Nautilus, and will soon be moving up to eliptical, and am watching diet. Just in this short time, while I still look like a fat lump on my horse, I find she is so much happier not having to compensate for my lack of support. That in itself is worth the effort to get moving.

                        She lives in a huge pasture and spends most of her time up top of a substantial hill, so I have to actually work to get her when she thinks I need to make an effort. Otherwise, she comes when she is called....most times ;P

                        The best bonus is that 1) I am stronger and more fit than I realized, 2) can push myself harder as a result, and 3) Working out can be FUN!

                        But I still am fat/blobby/ and have a long way to go.
                        Form follows function, or does function follow form?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by boosma47 View Post
                          At 65, I suddenly realized ...
                          Okay, I'm inspired.

                          Plus, my trainer's given me awful dismounted (core) exercises as homework and and has enlisted the help of my HUGE-moving leased horse to ensure that I do them!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by paulaedwina View Post
                            I'm not trying to be skinny just strong. I needed wind and I needed strength.

                            But you're right; what's the point of getting the horse fit if you're going to get in his way?

                            Paula
                            A fit rider, large or small, is way better for the horse than an unfit one.

                            That being said, being out of any sort of exercise for a couple months last year due to a severe injury, I have been struggling ever since to get back into a routine. I was lucky that I didn't really gain any weight (amazing how being in pain all the time supresses the appetite), but I lost a ton of muscle. My horse entered full time training in April, and she is now much more fit than I am.

                            I see a lot of sweat and misery in my future , but it will all be worth it to be the rider my horse deserves.
                            It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
                            Theodore Roosevelt

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                            • #15
                              Oh I love this thread!

                              I just (okay well 3 months ago now) had a baby, and I now use the word 'shape' somewhat loosely.

                              Finding the motivation and the time are killing me, but now that I see that you all are doing it, maybe I can too...

                              I can sleep when I'm dead right?

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by merrygoround View Post
                                Wayside-You needed a different personal trainer. Not to end the program.
                                Actually, I think I'm better off without one now that's I've gotten some good pointers about form. I'm a very stoic person who tends to push myself more than I should anyhow, so when you add a personal trainer egging me on, it's not pretty.

                                I'll go back to the gym when I'm done icing body parts, don't worry. I'll use the information I've learned, but ultimately I think I'll make better progress going slowly and not having to stop for injuries all the time.
                                "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                                -Edward Hoagland

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Superminion View Post
                                  Oh I love this thread!

                                  I just (okay well 3 months ago now) had a baby, and I now use the word 'shape' somewhat loosely.

                                  Finding the motivation and the time are killing me, but now that I see that you all are doing it, maybe I can too...

                                  I can sleep when I'm dead right?
                                  Nah, just wait 'til the baby is a teenager. Then you can sleep!! I was soooo happy the day my son decided that sleeping was a good thing for him. Now that he's 13, I can't even BLAST him out of bed.

                                  If you need motivation, I'll be your pen pal!
                                  Alis volat propriis.

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                                  • #18
                                    I'm soldier-fitting tomorrow, and on Friday I'm working on a farm, and on Saturday I'm scoring at Morven park.

                                    So there!
                                    Paula
                                    He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by bluemooncowgirl View Post
                                      Nah, just wait 'til the baby is a teenager. Then you can sleep!! I was soooo happy the day my son decided that sleeping was a good thing for him. Now that he's 13, I can't even BLAST him out of bed.

                                      If you need motivation, I'll be your pen pal!
                                      Can you feel my jealousy from here?

                                      I haven't slept in 3 months it seems... although they say that working out is a better energy booster than coffee.

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                                      • #20
                                        When I turned 60 I realized I needed to get fit and healthy for my young thoroughbred and to remain healthy into my retirement. Started working out on eliptical and treadmill and have recently added weights...Still chubby, but a lot less huffing and puffing in my lessons.

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