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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First Edition edition (November 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580175422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175425
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a comprehensive assortment of exercises to motivate any rider to get fit." 

-Chronicle of the Horse

From the Back Cover

You're just six weeks away from world-class strength, balance, and flexibility!

Being strong and fit is the key to achieving the ultimate goal of oneness with your horse. Now, with The Rider's Fitness Program, you can practice skills at home or in the gym that will bring you closer to this goal when you're in the saddle.

This unique, six-week workout routine is designed specifically for equestrians. Each exercise will help you build the strength, endurance, and skills that will enhance your riding experience.

Novice and weekend riders will appreciate the exercises designed to reduce aches and pains and prevent injuries. Returning riders will find that these workouts refresh their muscles' memory until they are up to speed again. And experts will discover new ways to hone their skills off the horse.

No matter where you stand on the riding spectrum, The Rider's Fitness Program will help you get in shape—physically, mentally, and emotionally.


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Easy to follow and explained well.
Louise Wasson
I found these exercises helpful in improving both balance and riding.
Anastasia
Very helpful, great to have a resource focused on the rider!
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Rider on December 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a week-end rider, I eagerly anticipated the release of this book because I wanted to target my riding muscles to help me improve.

The first disappointment came when I realized I needed to belong to a gym. They do give you home alternatives for some, not all, of the exercises but many are not workable, requiring anchor points at specific heights for the resistance band alternatives. I supposed I could tap a bunch of screw eyes into one wall and the ceiling, but I bet my landlord wouldn't be too happy!

There was also a pretty complete set of equipment you were expected to own; benches, free weights, weight bars, ankle and wrist weights, exercise balls, medicine balls, resistance bands, tilt boards, rollers, etc. The helpful web link to sources of the equipment took me straight to one of the author's equipment sales web page. I had about half the equipment needed and am being resourceful for the things I don't have. Free weights, exercise balls, medicine balls, resistance bands and tilt boards are all going to be needed.

The second disappointment was most of the exercises were the same old same old. Some of them were packaged a bit differently and toward the end of the six week series, the exercises look more interesting, combining strength, balance and posture in one exercise. (I have read the whole book and have completed week one)

At first, I thought the layout of the book was a bit awkward, but as I began to use it, it bacame clear the variations in routine (One of the things I really like about the book) makes the layout necessary. There is a warm-up/stretch section without a lot of instruction, so I just used what I thought was appropriate for that days workout.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Addicted to Riding on February 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
As an avid huntseat competitor, I try to stay in shape and maintain a level of overall fitness. However, I'm not very good at coming up with my own exercises to do at home or at the gym. Nor do I practice Pilates or Yoga. I just want some exercises to help me maintain my riding strength and stamina as I reach the "mature" riders division. Thankfully, this book does just that. I do belong to a gym, so I was able to make use of those suggestions. For someone like myself who's motivated but just needs some guidance for appropriate exercises to do out of the saddle, I found Ms. Dennis' book very worthwhile.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By kamconsults on January 17, 2005
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I am a very competitive weekend rider who knew that I needed to do something to improve my fitness level. I bought this book with the hopes of getting into a routine that was flexible, convenient and easy to understand and this book offers this and much more.

The information in the book provided me with an understanding of the areas of fitness I really needed to improve, such as balance and flexibility. I found the workout routines were very easy to follow and even though I don't have all of the equipment shown, I have been able to creatively improvise and get the benefits talked about in each section. The descriptions of the exercises along with the accompanying photo provide a great reference for following along. The pull out fitness guide provides an excellent way to track my routine. Even though the exercises are some I have been doing, the combination and diverse pattern keep it interesting and fresh. I am half way through the six week program and have been achieving the results I have been looking for.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carmel Oberdorfer on October 22, 2005
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I took this book to my physical therapist who thought the book was awesome. I wanted to see if I could do all of the activities in the book, since I'm in therapy for shoulder injuries (from horses). With a few modifications, they thought that I could do all of them and inquired about where I got the book. They said they'd like to have a copy around for other equestrian patients.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By riding mom on September 29, 2005
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some excellent excercises to do that really help muscles needed in riding but the book is hard to follow day by day and some of them you really do need fancy machines to get real benefit
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Fagan on June 8, 2013
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I can't write this review without having my experience in body mechanics/physical training interfere. If you are an equestrian that has extensive experience with working out, being in a gym or PT in any way, this book is full of exercises you already know. All you'll need to do is think about the movements of riding, note the muscles used and apply the exercises most typically used to strengthen those muscle groups (and, of course, core) If you have little to no experience in the gym and are an equestrian, then this book could be GREAT for you. It will very simply and easily explain various strengthening exercises to you that will help you along. . .especially if you can't ride every day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By js12981 on November 20, 2012
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There are some good exercises in this book but for the most part you are going to need a lot of equipment to follow this program.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy St. Martin on January 18, 2009
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This book is very well written and can be appreciated by novices and experts. Exercises are well demonstrated and explained.
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