Synopses & Reviews
Here is the perfect book for beginning riders who are using muscles they never knew they had before, advanced riders who want to stay in top form (especially as they get older), and weather-bound riders who want to be fit when spring arrives. The Rider's Fitness Program details a fun and effective six-week program that strengthens the muscles riders use while improving overall balance, flexibility, and coordination. The book features more than 85 exercises designed to help new riders get over the aches and pains of getting started and experienced riders hone their skills and technique and prevent injuries. The routines are flexible, so you can customize the workout you need for jumping, dressage, reining, endurance, polo, or rodeo. The exercises are accompanied by step-by-step photographs that demonstrate how to perform each action properly (with an emphasis on safety). They progress from basic to advanced and are suitable for riders at all fitness levels. The authors also include fundamental information on diet, general health and safety, and clothing and equipment.
"...a comprehensive assortment of exercises to motivate any rider to get fit." -Chronicle of the Horse
A user-friendly six-week exercise program for riders at every level. The 85 exercises are grouped into routines that improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination for riders at all levels of difficulty and disciplines.
Get in top riding shape Designed to strengthen the muscles commonly used by equestrians while improving overall balance, flexibility, and coordination, this six-week fitness program includes clear instructions and step-by-step photographs for more than 70 exercises. You ll learn how to create workout routines that are customized for specific disciplines like jumping, dressage, and rodeo. Whether you re a beginning rider or have years of experience, increased fitness will help you prevent injury and improve your riding form.
You're just six weeks away from world-class strength, balance, and flexibility!
Being strong and fit is the key to achieving the ultimate goal of oneness with your horse. Now, with The Rider's Fitness Program, you can practice skills at home or in the gym that will bring you closer to this goal when you're in the saddle.
This unique, six-week workout routine is designed specifically for equestrians. Each exercise will help you build the strength, endurance, and skills that will enhance your riding experience.
Novice and weekend riders will appreciate the exercises designed to reduce aches and pains and prevent injuries. Returning riders will find that these workouts refresh their muscles' memory until they are up to speed again. And experts will discover new ways to hone their skills off the horse.
No matter where you stand on the riding spectrum, The Rider's Fitness Program will help you get in shape--physically, mentally, and emotionally.
About the Author
Dianna R. Dennis is a full-time equestrian writer and lifelong rider. She has written for many equestrian magazines in the United States and abroad, including The Chronicle of the Horse and Equestrian (Horse Show) magazine. A specialist in sports development and rehabilitation, Dr. Paul M. Juris has served as Kinesiologist Research Coordinator at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and as a consultant to numerous professional athletes and sports teams in the United States.John J. McCully is a certified fitness professional and personal trainer. He co-founded Equestrian Fitness Company, which tailors fitness programs for individual riders.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Program
Chapter 1: Warming Up and Stretching
Lower-Leg Stretch, Standing Quad Stretch, Hamstring Stretch 1, Hamstring Stretch 2, Hips and Buttocks Stretch 1, Hips and Buttocks Stretch 2, Hip Extension Prone, Lower-Back Stretch, Posture Stretch, Neck and Shoulder Stretch, Shoulder Shrugs Prone, External Rotation with Elastic Resistance, Internation Rotation with Elastic Resistance, Lower Trapezius, Extension with Elastic Resistance, Flexion with Elastic Resistance