The Athletic Rider: The Hay Bale Circuit

Who needs a gym when you’ve got a loft full of hay?

Leah Hinnefeld knows horse people because she IS a horse person. She understands that, at the end of a long day at the farm, the last thing we feel like doing is hitting the gym. So she came up with this mini-workout, ideal for those times when you find yourself with a spare few moments at the barn, waiting for the farrier to arrive or for your horse to finish its grain. The concept:

1 hay bale
1-3 circuits
5 moves
30-60 seconds each

Ready, set… get your Athletic Rider on!

Go Riding.


Leah Hinnefeld is a lifelong equestrian who spent over a decade studying hoof health and metabolism in horses before turning her attention to rider fitness. Leah is a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Fitness and offers Virtual Fitness Training for riders and horse lovers. You can learn more about how to get fit to ride at Please contact Leah if you are interested in learning more about the Rider Fitness Boot Camps offered by The Athletic Rider.


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