Rainy Day Workout For Equestrians

Rainy Day Workout For Riders

Answer by Robin

For all of us who ride horses it’s common practice to “pray it doesn’t rain” and mess up our riding or showing plans.  Since our prayers for no rain don’t always get answered, we need something else to do while we wait for the arena to dry out.  With space and equipment being in short supply, why not try a combination of these simple but powerful body weight basics.

Body Weight Exercises:

Pushups: I suggest the ‘bottoms-up’ style. They are great for your core and allow anyone at any fitness level to do them. I demonstrate how to do them in my video topic “Staying Fit on the Road” during the burpee exercise segment at the beginning.

Burpees: These have a great cardio component to them and are actually 3 exercises in one: pushup, squat, and vertical jump. I also show you how to do these in my video topic “Staying Fit on the Road.

Sit-ups: If you have back issues stick with a crunch.

Squat Thrusters: These are perfect for someone not quite ready for a burpee and will provide a great cardio component. I demonstrate them in the video below.

Squats: These are the best practice for riders to “feel” what having your weight in your heels should be like. Try consciously lifting your toes inside your shoes as you squat down. This will shift your weight off of your toes and into your heel. In the video below I show you how to do a proper squat.

Alternating planks: Core, core, and more core! In the video below I show you how to do this great core exercise.

Side lunges and side to side: Side lunges help mimic the shift in weight and balance we experience when riding. They also helps us strengthen both sides of our bodies. The side to side adds a cardio element to the exercise. I demonstrate these in my video topic “Staying Fit on the Road.

side lunge

Once you’ve chosen what exercises you’re in the mood for, then you need to choose a format.  Here are some fun options:

10 Rocks: Choose 3 exercises and do 5 to 10 reps—depending on your fitness level—of each exercise for 10 rounds. Find 10 rocks or hay cubes (or  something similar to these), place them in a pile, and then move one each time you complete a round. When your rock pile is all moved then you’re done!

Max in 20 minutes: Choose 3 exercises and split them up like this: 3/5/9 reps and then do those 3 as many times as you can in 20 minutes.  For example: 3 push-ups, 5 sit-ups, and 9 squats.

Holy Hundred: Choose 3 exercises then do 100 reps of each before moving on to the next exercise. This is a great format if you’re in need of a workout that you can just set your mind to and grind away at.

Fast 50: Need or want a little competition in the barn?  Try challenging your barnmates to this workout. Choose 1 exercise then see who can do 50 reps the fastest!

If you’d like more personalized help, I offer virtual training to riders everywhere so I’d love to hear from you!

Blackjack Fitness


For more information on virtual training, visit my website: www.blackjackfarmsandiego.com.

Happy riding!

Robin

“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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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 www.blackjackfarmsandiego.com

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