I coach many equestrians. One of the most common weaknesses I see, whether from the casual pleasure rider or the Grand Prix dressage rider and everyone in between is a weakness in the core muscles. I have put together 4 core exercises that I highly recommend to improve your riding strength These 4 exercises take less than 8 minutes, leaving you plenty of time for barn chores. So no excuses. Any questions, or other riding issues you're having, just DM Me. Happy to help.
1. Lie face down on a mat with elbows resting on the floor next to your chest, palms facing up or in a fist position, feet together.
2. Push your body off the floor in a push-up position with your body resting on elbows or hands.
3. Contract the abs and keep the body in a straight line from head to toes. Hold for 30-60 seconds, then lower body returning to starting position. Repeat 2 times.
1. When performing the side plank, ensure that your body is in a straight line and your supporting elbow is underneath your shoulder.
2. Squeeze your glutes to keep your hips forward in line with your body.
3. Once in position and you have a nice straight line down your body, hold for 15-30 Seconds. Repeat 2 times on each side.
1. Lie face down, legs straight, feet together, arms out straight above your head on a mat.
2.Squeeze your glutes to slowly raise your legs and arms, as well as slowly arching your back.
3.Return to starting position. Repeat 15 times.