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How To Stay Motivated To Work Out At Horse Shows

Submitted by member: Melissa

I work out twice a week by going to classes at a fitness place near where I live, but when I’m away at horse shows I have a hard time feeling motivated to do it. I think it’s because when I’m traveling I don’t have a class on a set day and time, and I don’t know how/what exercises to do on my own, especially since I don’t have access to a gym or workout equipment. Help! I’d love some ideas. I hate missing my routine when I’m away from home.

Answer by Robin

As you reference in your question, the nice thing about a class is that you can just show up, you don’t have to figure out what you’re going to do for your workout, you just do what the instructor presents.  I find that making your other workouts, whether at home or on the road at a show, into a bit of a game makes them much more inspiring and a whole lot more fun!  Here are my top three ways to rev yourself up for a workout on your own:

  1. How fast can you do 50? (Choose an exercise, preferably something that works your entire body, like a burpee, and see how long it takes you to do 50 reps. Make a note of your time then try to beat it the next time you do it.)
  2. How many in 5 minutes? (Choose an exercise and see how many you can do in 5 minutes. This is way harder than it sounds! Choose one exercise like push ups, sit ups, squats, or something harder such as burpees.  Make a note of your number then try to beat it the next time you do it.)
  3. Blow & Go (Run a little and do a few reps, then run a little more…  If you have 20 minutes available, you could break it up like this: run for 3 minutes then do 10 burpees, then run for 3 more minutes then do 25 squats, then run for 3 more minutes then do 20 push ups, then run until your overall 20 minute clock runs out.  You can break it up anyway you like.)

The biggest thing to remember is to make it fit and make it fun!  Whatever you choose to do it needs to fit with your other priorities of the day, especially at a horse show, and it needs to be fun, because if it is, you’re a lot more likely to do it!  For more ideas, information, and demonstrations, please check out my segment on called “Staying Fit on the Road.

Happy horse showing!

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“A true horseman will only ask athletic feats of his horse if he has his own body under control.”

– from The Principals of Riding/German
National Equestrian Federation

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Staying Fit On The Road
Robin Martinez
As a rider, fitness expert Robin Martinez, knows how hard it is to get to the gym during show season. You arrive at the show grounds at the break of dawn for the first class and can’t leave until the horses are snuggled in their stalls for the evening. Robin shows us how to maximize our down time in between classes and get in a great workout, whether it’s back at the hotel, in the RV or even in the barn aisle!
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Robin and her husband Dionicio Martinez own Blackjack Farms, a beautiful and secluded 5+ acre ranch in North San Diego, with a very unique indoor/outdoor fitness facility. They have a well-equipped indoor gym, multiple permanent outdoor workout stations and a groomed running track. The fact that it's also the home of their show horses makes it truly one of a kind. There is also a limited amount of room for people to board their horses, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of a horse facility and fitness facility all in one. Robin has fitness clients that ride and riding clients who workout. Its a wonderful harmony, everybody is fit around there - horses and riders alike. Robin's focus is on establishing core strength and building a foundation of fitness for her clients. As a competing rider herself, she uses that experience to create fitness programs geared specifically for equestrians to help them gain the strength and mobility they need to be at the top of their game. Her style is positive, fun, encouraging and pleasantly tough. For more information on Blackjack Fitness please visit her website at

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