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Matt Luxton

Author of The Equestrian Athlete Plan

Most Equestrian Athletes Make These Mistakes – Part 2

 

Hey

 

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……

     

  1. 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.

 

Matt
 

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.

The Mistakes Most Riders Make- (part 2)

 

Hey

 

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……

     

  1. 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.

 

Matt

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.

Most Equestrians Make These Mistakes

8 Fitness Blunders The Equestrian Athlete is Making.

 

Hi

 

Hope you are well.

 

As promised here are the 8 things I most commonly see most equestrian athletes doing wrong in pursuit of fitness on and off the horse.


 

It actually all seems to start with The New Year/New Season when celebrities are publicising their workout DVD.

 

Please forgive me , but I must have missed the bit where they became Health and Exercise professionals, let alone equestrian specific training specialists.

 

This is what is holding many people back from getting in great shape for riding.

 

It comes back to the plan not being specific.

 

Here are 8 of them!

 

  1. Failing to realise the benefit of resistance training and understanding that weights burn calories and don’t make you bulky. Believe me; you will not create a firm, strong and fit riding specific body if you shy away from resistance training.

    Remember it does not have to be a 100Kg squat or Bench press. It can be purely bodyweight.

    We actually put together the whole Equestrian Athlete Plan based on workouts that can be done entirely at home with very limited equipment. 

  2. Many riders are under the misconception that they will get bulky if they use weights.

    It is very hard to put on huge amounts of muscle mass without doing the appropriate weights, sets, rest and exercise combinations and also coupled with this eating vastamounts of anabolic (muscle building) substances.

    I don’t mean illegal substances, just the right combination of supplements. Remember that if you are female, you need to increase you testosterone levels by 40 times if you want to have similar levels to a male. 

  3. Too many long runs are great for shaping you into a skinny fat person.

    Many a time, I hear riders ‘Oh I went for 5 runs, all of which were well over 50 minutes. Well guess what, you probably just burnt all the muscle you had, and with that went your metabolic rate, that was burning fat at rest. This muscle is what you need to be strong in the saddle!

    Providing that you have less than chronic levels of stress in your life, high intensity intervals is the most optimal way to achieve efficient equestrian specific fitness, health results.

    Remember without health you cannot perform. This is exactly why we have included ‘The Hot to Trot Nutritional Plan’ in The Equestrian Athlete Plan.

    This will preserve muscle mass, making you stronger in the saddle, elevate your metabolism giving you more energy both in and out of the saddle. 

  4. How well does the ‘DVD Celebrity Trainer’ know the equestrian athletes needs?

    The last time I checked, Davina McCall would have been awesome at counting calories, but I am not sure about her exercise and programme design skills!

    Let alone their ability to strengthen the correct muscles for the equestrian athlete.


    Ok, I will bring you the next 4 in the next email plus I will include for you a session direct from The Equestrian Athlete Plan.


    If you have any questions please feel free to pop me an email (info@fa-fitness.co.uk)


    Matt 

    Author of The Equestrian Athlete Plan and The Hot to Trot Cookbook.

The Equestrian Athlete Plan – Why I Wrote It For You

Hey,

 

I hope today is going well for you.

 

I just wanted to say thanks for popping over and downloading your free copy of The Equestrian Emergency.
 
Incase you haven’t seen yet, I wanted you to know why I then went on to write the most comprehensive training and nutrition plan for riders available world wide.

 

The Equestrian Athlete Plan.

 


 

So what was my inspiration behind the 8 week no stone unturned programme that is specific for riders?

 

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 equestrian 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 bet this has annoyed you , if it hasn’t yet you are probably one of the lucky ones that hasn’t been subjected to “one size fits all approach” that normally puts most EA’s off of exercise.

 

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.

 

To date this is working, we now have people doing The Equestrian Athlete Plan in Australia, Dubai, America, Ecuador, all over Europe, Ireland and in South Africa.

 

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 EA. Sure some people have developed programmes for riders or written articles but none that actually address their requirements fully!

 

The culture among equestrian has been Pilates and yoga, and there is 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. 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. I cannot wait to work with you.

 

Have a great day,

 

Matt

 

p.s. If you would like to get a copy of The Equestrian Athlete Plan today, I will give you a free copy of my Snack Attack book that is ideal for the busy equestrian athlete.