Rider Fitness: Leg Exercises

 

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The stride is very good for strengthening the rider's legs

Riding, outside of her own opinions, is a sport. And if not, they tell me, it was starting to work and 6 kilos that left, and I no longer weighed much. Therefore, as in all sports, a good physical shape. But the possibility of being done the same even if you are not able to run from your house to the sidewalk in front of you makes you think otherwise. However, all the professionals you know, these great dressage, jumping, complete cracks… the discipline does not matter; all are in exemplary physical form. It is the only way to be really effective in the chair. Morgan Barbançon herself acknowledged in an interview that she followed training and diet guidelines to improve her fitness, and went out for a run every day.

Therefore, the more you level up, better physical shape you need. Contrary to what you may think, your legs are not the only thing you should have in shape, even if it is what we are talking about this time. So, getting into the subject, I am going to leave you some very simple exercises that you can find in any fitness book, which practiced daily (or almost daily) will allow you to give your best on the track.

  •  Squats: It is the easiest exercise used and the one that I like the most. To perform a good squat, you must lower and rise slowly, never abruptly, with your back straight. The position of the hands can be on the hips, stretched perpendicular to the floor, or with the hands on the nape. I recommend doing about 2 series a day, of about 10 squats at the beginning, and increasing both the number of squats per series, as well as the number of series, as we have more resistance and endurance. All gradual.
  • The stride: To perform this exercise you must stand up with your legs together, your hands on your waist, and your trunk straight. Then you move one foot forward and flex both legs until you make a 90º angle with the ground. Like prince charming handing over his ring, come on. You must maintain that position for about 5 seconds and gradually increase that time as the days go by. Do it a couple of times with both legs, and voila. In case my explanation was not understood (which probably), above you have an image of the exercise.
  • Heel raises: This exercise has always been very curious to me, because I do it as a child as a nervous tic. It is as simple as, standing up, get up to stand on tiptoe, and go back down. And do as many reps as you can, then rest, and do more. You can even do it at any time in public.
  • Up and down stairs: It is the exercise par excellence for those of us who live in a 5th room without an elevator. Explanations abound. To find stairs and go up and down.

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