If you’re struggling to get deeper in your corners, here is one simple exercise you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you achieve the small muscle movements that can level up your flatwork.
“Regardless of the goal, the most important aspect of any exercise program is the result, and results come from consistency… One of the best ways to improve the results of any program is to work with a partner. A partner adds accountability, motivation, plus an extra set of eyes to ensure proper form and safety.”(more…)
Fitting in a workout in a busy schedule is already hard work — but somehow, that always gets more difficult as fall approaches. Laura Crump Anderson of Hidden Heights Fitness has some great tips to make it easier to start — and stick to — a healthy routine:
In this excerpt from her book Yoga for Riders, horsewoman and yoga teacher Cathy Woods explains what she feels is one of the most important, and under-acknowledged, characteristics of a good horse person. (more…)
For event rider and personal trainer Laura Crump-Anderson of Hidden Heights Fitness, life is one big learning opportunity — and in her column this month, she’s sharing a treasure trove of knowledge from dressage rider JJ Tate, plus a yoga pose that’ll help you unlock tight hips (and sit the trot better than ever!):
“Exercise is essential for the athletes performing at the top level of this sport but it is just as important for those looking to become a better rider.” This week, we discusses the importance of cross training and ways to improve your performance. (more…)
Effective riding comes from an effective position, and an effective position comes from focusing your attention on building the right muscle groups up. Today, Laura Crump Anderson shares her favorite move for creating a solid, stable leg:
“If you want to succeed, it’s so important to be present and as stable as you can be for your horse, which is why I came up with … four areas of your life that you can focus on to help rein in the wild beast of your routine.”
It’s the new year, which means gym memberships and boot camp sign-ups are at an annual high – but, as personal trainer and event rider Laura Crump Anderson explains, learning how to set longer-term, slower, more consistent goals will be the key to success in your fitness journey:
You’ve been training hard, putting in the hours at the barn and the gym – but could you actually be doing more harm than good? Scheduling in time for a bit of R&R – that’s rest and recovery – is one of the smartest things you can do for your body.
Having a good idea where your body is in space and being able to coordinate your aids while balancing is important part of riding. Laura Crump Anderson of Hidden Heights Fitness shows us two exercises to improve this:
“I am and probably always will be a work in progress. Some days all I want to do is put my feet up and binge my favorite TV show after the kids are in bed. But when I push myself to get up and move for at least 15 minutes I really feel those endorphins kicking in. It gives me a sense of pride, like I can do anything.” (more…)
If there was an industry to invest in pre-pandemic, it was in-home fitness and the concept of app-based programming for working out. For busy riders, The Performance Refinery’s equestrian-specific workouts have been key to keeping fit in and out of the saddle.
Are you looking to improve your riding? Consider trying pilates. It can make a big difference in the quality of your riding by improving your posture, which prevents pain and soreness and develops a healthy relationship with your horse. (more…)
It’s summer. You know what that means? Yup. It’s hot out. Especially when you’re sitting on a large, heat-emitting beast. That’s why our sister site, Jumper Nation, brings you these great tips on how to stay hydrated and assess your fluid and electrolyte needs.
As horse owners, we spend a lot of time thinking about our horses’ fitness and well-being, but how much time do we really spend focusing on our own fitness? The answer is likely not enough. Here are four stretches every rider should be doing to improve their riding. (more…)