As promised here are the second 4 of the 8 biggest mistakes I see equestrians making when trying to get fit on and off the horse.
Without any delay……
- Many riders surround themselves with negative people.
This is a massive one! If you spend time with people who are constantly moaning about their circumstances, how they feel, how hard life is, they will drag you down.
This is especially true in the equestrian world, with the long hours, the miserable weather conditions (well in the UK); you need to be in a positive frame of mind!
6.A lack of time? Or Time management?
Its true, I see it everyday here at my personal training studio, located at my parents yard.
My sister is up and in full flow, doing her jobs at the crack of dawn.
She still finds time to train.
She actually does the equestrian athlete plan for 20-30 mins prior to work and tells me it sets her up for the day.
I might try and get her on video at some point, just to let you know how she fits it in.
It’s become really simple for her now, she just gets up a bit earlier and gets it done.
This will make you more productive and ultimately make you a stronger rider.
7.Too frequently riders think skipping breakfast will help them be more productive on and off the horse!
Many equestrian athletes are still under the misconception that skipping a meal is great for keeping weight down.
It’s actually the opposite.
This is particularly the case when missing breakfast. Your body and your metabolism want to kick start in the morning and if you deprive it of the fuel it needs it will store the next meal you feed it as fat stores. It will go into protection mode and then you will consume more calorie dense foods later in the day.
You should be eating nutrient dense foods in the morning.
It can be as simple as organic greek/goats yoghurt, almonds and blueberries.
8.Too many equestrian athletes are doing sit ups.
By doing a sit up, you are not going to give yourself the specific core strength you need on your horse. The action of a traditional sit up, means that the hip flexors (on the front of the hip) get tight and actually pull your pelvis forward. This will result in an increased lordosis (arch in lower back), which is commonly associated with lower back pain, a complaint often found in the equestrian athlete.
So you need to be concentrating on core exercises that encourage proper glute activation and core strength, allowing you to keep a great posture and position in the saddle.
So there you have it. The second part of the Most Common Mistakes Made By The Equestrian Athlete Plan.
Please make sure you are not the next one to do this.
If you would like me to help you, The Equestrian Athlete Plan, offers you the solution.
p.s. Here is one of the videos of our Mobility Circuit that we use with our clients both online and here at the studio. It really helps with helping the suppleness of our clients in and out of the saddle.