Rider Fitness | Why I Wrote The Equestrian Athlete Plan

Dear Equestrian Athlete

I hope you are well. With the launch of The Equestrian Athlete Plan now a little over 24 hours away, I hope you are as excited as me.

I guess you may be wondering, what was my inspiration behind this book?

Having come from a back ground of equestrianism, it is in my blood. My grandfather was a farrier, who later trained my father. My mother and father taught both my sister and I to ride from the minute we could walk, in fact I think I almost learnt to ride before I could walk.

The whole of my family has ridden at various levels and competed in various forms of equestrian, including hunting, race riding, dressage, show jumping, showing, eventing and social riding. As you can probably guess I have spent a lot of time in and around the equestrian scene including competing in tetrathalon into my teen years.

As I have moved into my professional career as one of the UK’s leading fitness and health professionals, it really is no surprise that I have been able to work so successfully with my equestrian athlete’s, we have that connection.

I understand them far better than most.

What has really bothered me up to now is that equestrianism has not had the recognition as a serious sport that it deserves. It is because of this attitude that the equestrian athlete (EA) has been left to do generic exercise classes and DVD’s, in a one size fits all approach. This really got to me.

I want to do something about it, so that EA’s all over the world don’t have to put up with this any longer.

The equestrian field is now ready to break the tradition and culture of ‘get fit to ride by riding’. Where people have tried before and failed, this time with such a holistic approach to the equestrian athlete we will approach it in a very different light.

We are now ready to integrate resistance training with pilates, interval training with mobility and postural strengthening with core stability. With all of this underpinned with a nutritional plan and a support network, this book is really going to take things to the next level.

No fitness professional up to now has developed such a holistic approach to training the Equestrian Athlete. Sure some people have developed programmes for riders or written articles but none that I feel actually address their requirements fully! The culture among equestrian has been Pilates and yoga, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with Pilates and yoga, in fact there is an element of the EAP that has pilates style exercises integrated within it. But remember that these modalities are just tools, and what makes these effective, is the way in which the tool is used to produce the results.

Equestrian sport is in a very exciting place right now, with 200 athletes heading to London 2012 to try and achieve victory in 3 disciplines (Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping). It does not matter whether you will be heading to the Olympics or not (some of you will), you will want to enjoy your time with your horse just as much. To be riding fit has to be the dream of every equestrian athlete.

I wanted to give something back to a community of fantastic people who share one common passion, their horses.

Have a great day,

Matt:)

P.S. Don’t forget to let your friends know about the FREE download that you got aswell. Send them to http://riderfitness.co.uk and they can keep in the loop aswell.

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