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  • workouts beside riding?

    Hi guys!
    Do any of you active riders do anything else alongside riding such as running/swimming/eating healthy? If so what?
    Also, do you know what any of the professional riders do to keep in good shape for the high demand of their riding?
    Thanks for your responses!

  • #2
    I run, lift weights, and bike about five times a week. I do it because it makes me feel better to not be out of breath when I am riding my horse. Also I like the way that it makes me look and feel. I cannot comment on what the pros do though.
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    • #3
      Yes, I started working out once I got to the point where I realized that in order to ride well, I needed to be much more fit. I started CrossFit www.crossfit.com at a local affiliate almost a year ago. I also try to follow the Paleo diet, although had kind of fallen off the wagon over the holidays (am now doing a strict 30 days to get back on track!). Both have made a huge difference in my general fitness and feeling of well being.

      I know a lot of pros who run, and my trainer does yoga.


      • #4
        I go to the gym 5-6 days a week and ride around 4 days a week. One riding day per week I specifically work on strengthening exercises (stirrupless, two point, etc)
        At the gym I do a weight circuit twice a week or so that includes leg and arm strengthening targeting various muscles. On those days I also do core work. Then I swim twice a week for 30-45 mins. And the remaining 1-2 days I do some other sort of cardio. (walking, exercise machines, jogging, biking, whatever)


        • #5
          Running 3x a week, biking 2x, and when possible I swim 2x a week instead of a run and bike. Also, core work after each run and arm strength training after each bike.

          And, on weekends 15 stalls a day and 15 water buckets, and 4 groomings. Pretty sure that makes up for not actually working out then
          Who say's your best friend has to be human?


          • #6


            • #7
              Debbie Rodriguez has a set of DVDs out called "Success in the Saddle". Although she's a dressage rider, her videos target the areas that riders need most - hips, thighs, core, and shoulders. They're surprisingly tough and although I'm pretty fit, I was sore the next day after I started doing them.
              "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

              So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."


              • #8
                Insanity by Beachbody, and I bike 20 miles a day, weather permitting.


                • #9
                  I run, bike and swim, as I am training for a triathlon. Per week, I run about 15-20 miles, bike about 30-40, and swim countless laps in the pool. I enjoy it, and it does make a big difference in my riding fitness. As for eating healthy, I moreso just try to eat the bad stuff in moderation.
                  Teneriffe Enterprises- NW Indiana


                  • #10
                    I do yoga and pilates three times a week. I've found it really helps improve core strength. I also have a book called the Rider's Fitness Program that I don't use as much as I probably should, but if you're looking for exercises that translate specifically to riding, it's a great resource for that, as it explains on each page how the exercises relate to things you do in the saddle.

                    As for the pros, one of my trainers is really into running, and she does Crossfit as well. Way too intense for me, but she's in great shape!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Neigh-Neigh View Post
                      Insanity by Beachbody, and I bike 20 miles a day, weather permitting.
                      Ahhh Insanity is amazing. I do Insanity and I alternate with Tony Horton's P90X, both are great. THan after I'm done with that I do abs and every other day I lift weights. Occasionally I'll go for a run but thats rare.
                      Originally posted by SillyHorse
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                      This pretty much sums up everything!


                      • #12
                        Netflix has a video called "Ab Attack" and it's amazing.
                        "A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character." - Tesio


                        • #13
                          My goal is to start running again once the weather warms up but I use the excercise ball a lot.
                          I find this helps my back, butt, thighs and abs.

                          1) Lay flat on the floor, prop your legs up on the ball, ball square against your butt, (looks like you are sitting on a chair but sideways), knees bent over ball and spread about 1 foot apart, enough to give you a grip on the ball. Relax your leg and use your deep abs (lower abs), to pull your knees/ball to your chest. Being careful not to death drip the ball, just enough to hold it.
                          (arms flat against your side)
                          - 60 reps
                          2) Plank on ball- lay flat on floor, move ball out so you have your ankles on the ball about 6 inches apart. Pull abs in towards floor, lift your booty in the air to make body straight, hold 1-2-3, down again and keep going.
                          -60 reps
                          3) Reverse plank- lay on top of the ball, stomach to ball, pull abs in, face the floor, legs extended behind you resting on toes like you would be doing a push up. Hands behind head like you were doing a crunch. Allow your body to sag over the ball, then lift yourself upwards, using your back muscles and abs. Do not over extend back, you only want to come to a straight back posture like you were standing.
                          -60 reps
                          4) Similiar to #2 but for your obliques- same posture but staying flat on floor, pull abs down to floor, and roll ball side to side while keeping back flat on the floor. Being sure not to hold ball too much with leg otherwise you will not use your core as much.
                          5) Lastly my FAV, use wall or couch. Place ball about 2 feet from wall or what ever is comfortable. You want to lay on the ball, ball on the curve of your back. Pull legs up and place feet flat against ball. (Chair position again). Do 60 crunches.


                          • #14
                            My goal is usually to workout 6x a week, some days I will go early in the morning and at night if time permits in order to free up a day later in the week.

                            I do the elliptical machine or treadmill for half an hour to forty-five minutes, depends on if I am going twice that day or not and how much time I have. I like the elliptical as its easier on my knees/ankles and I find it is a better all-over body workout, but nothing beats the exhaustion of a good, hard run. When the snow and mud are gone, I like to run outside. There is a lovely trail behind my barn that makes for a great jog.

                            Lately I've started skating once or twice a week. It isn't as good of a workout as running (for me, anyways), but I do feel tired, my legs hurt and my heart rate is always elevated after a good hour or so. I count an hour of skating to be the same as about half an hour on the treadmill. Also great for balance- I've noticed an improvement in my upper body while riding. Not sure if this is from all the gym time or the skating, but an interesting correlation nonetheless. And, its way more fun.

                            I think its great when riders are active and fit. My old barn usually got a 'running club' going from about late April-October. It was assumed that around 6:30 each evening there would be someone from the group around to run with. I never ran alone and it was great to have motivation from fellow riders. My coach loved it and everyone's riding improved massively just from being fit. She always told us that if we expected our horses to be fit and athletic, then the least we could do was try and be fit and athletic ourselves.


                            • #15
                              If only horses would use their athletic powers for good instead of evil. ~ MHM


                              • #16
                                Spinning classes are a killer cardio/core work out which can greatly enhance your endurance in the saddle. Luckily I ride 3-5 horses a day and I'm in the best riding shape ever (as far as endurance/strength in the saddle go). Haven't worked out in over a year and half but when I didn't ride so much I would do 3-5 spin classes a week.
                                *Every horse, at least once in their life, deserves to be loved by a little girl*


                                • #17
                                  Spinning and Pilates. As often as I can as long as it doesn't cut into riding time, but I have been known to do all 3 on the same day! Of course, then a good strong nap is also in order.
                                  "Orange is NOT the new Black."--President Barack Obama


                                  • #18
                                    I've been dancing ballet for 15 years and I firmly believe it has had an enormous impact on my riding. It works muscles you never knew you had, improves your posture and core strenght, and is a great workout. Maybe not for the faint of heart but I can't imagine where I would be without it.
                                    "I looked at life from the saddle and was as near to heaven as it was possible to be"


                                    • #19
                                      Crossfit for me too! Actually having ab muscles for the first time in my life helped so much with my riding, I can't even tell you.
                                      www.cobjockey.com - Eventing the Welsh Cob


                                      • #20
                                        What's ERG?

                                        I just bought the Succes in the Saddle DVDs, and I plan to pair that with Wii fit (running, hula hoop, boxing, & step) -