Out Of Shape Equestrian: The First 2 Weeks

Come along for the ride with Amanda Ronan as she exercises for the first time…ever.

Two weeks ago I decided to cross train for the first time in my life. I mean, sure, I played tennis in junior high, but seeing as how I’m about to turn 32… I doubt that still counts. I do ride as much as possible and keep my three horses at home, so I clean stalls, lift hay bales, so on and so forth.

But I’ve never “worked out.” Gyms scare me.  I imagine them filled with judgmental body builders that will scoff at me when I use the 5 lb. weights.


This year I really want to improve my riding, though, which means getting in shape. To guide me through the process I hired a certified personal trainer. He also happens to be my daughter’s Tae Kwon Do instructor. He looks all innocent and charming when he’s holding my daughter. Trust me… he transforms into a cruel master of fitness when it’s just me and him.

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So far our basic routine consists of 18 minutes of cardio and another 20 minutes of weight training. Check out my first video entry for all the details:

Let’s recap.

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And, oh yeah, people at the gym are actually super nice and friendly. That’s it for this week, Horse Nation!

If any of you out there want to come along for the ride, I would love to see your exercise video diaries, tips, and confessionals in the comments section!

Go Riding!

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