How are those New Year’s fitness resolutions going? We know — the barn can be something of a time-suck, making it tough to squeeze in regular trips to the gym. So how about squeezing the gym into your barn time?
Since the New Year, FEI TV has released a couple Health & Fitness videos, both featuring exercises you can do with props you most likely already have at the barn.
In the first video, Ali and Mari demonstrate a few exercises for improving your stamina, balance and suppleness to move with their horse.
In the latest video, the gals are back with five quick and easy warm-ups that will get you ready to ride.
Also be sure to check out the new Feb. 11 & 18, 2019 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse, the magazine’s inaugural Health & Fitness Issue. The cover story features German eventing legend Bettina Hoy, who at the age of 56 says she’s fitter than ever thanks to a new embrace of CrossFit principles. In the article she shares some in-the-barn exercises, like a “farmer’s carry” with water buckets and a weighted bridge with feed sacks, that are the epitome of functional fitness.
That lady sure has a lot of energy!
We see that some of you out there are already using your barn as a gym — keep up the good work:
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Want to improve your posting trot, two-point, and lower body mechanics, efficiency, and strength? Having good hip hinging and squat form is a must! Walls can be very useful for enforcing the hips to go back, without letting the knees cross the toes or the torso fall forwards. Adding the hands behind the head help keep an active upper back. Make sure your knees don't collapse inwards, and the weight travels through your heels! Form is more important then depth! Use this as a warm-up pre ride, or as part of your barn workout! #equestrian #equestrianfitness #equitation #biomechanics #rider #hunterjumper #dressage #fitness #strengthandconditioning #squat
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