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The Rider's Fitness Program: 74 Exercises & 18 Workouts Specifically Designed for the Equestrian Paperback – November 15, 2004
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"...a comprehensive assortment of exercises to motivate any rider to get fit."-Chronicle of the Horse
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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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One other observation we have found is that the exercises are very easy. I do not in any way consider my self to be fit, I am quite the opposite actually, and even I needed to significantly increase the exercise reps in order to have any sort of affect. What we typically do is rather than doing the small number of reps given by the book, we just do as many reps as we can do, (high reps and low weights kind of thing). We have only been doing the program for a few weeks, but I have noticed that the number of reps that I can do for most of the exercises is steadily increasing each time. We are not close to the more advanced exercises yet, but I think the program will be beneficial overall. My husband does not ride, but this program helps anyone who wants to build strength, and so he was willing to try it along with me, which is nice, as some of the exercises suggest having a partner to help. The only reason I have given it 4 out of 5 stars is because of the low reps thing. Maybe it was set up this way for someone who doesn't already ride, and may not have that strength? I'm not sure, but we just modified it to what worked for us. I would definitely recommend this book to someone wanting a program that actually tells you how it will help you ride, and is flexible enough that you can follow along, but also modify it to what works best for you, be that more reps, or thinking of ways to modify exercises at home when you don't have certain pieces of gym equipment!
This book definitely needs a gym membership to go along with it. Using this book at the gym is a a must. However, I felt like I gained more muscle riding than working out at the gym. This book is ok, just not exceeding expectations. If you know what muscles you need to work and which gym machines work those muscles, then this book isn't needed. If you have no idea what the inside of a gym looks like, this book can be a good stepping stone to getting you more comfortable in the gym. But overall, I feel it didn't do much in terms of fitness.