First lift since having bronchitis earlier this week, and boy, did it feel good!
Today I focused on legs and going through the “squat” range of motion without actually doing Barbell Squats.
I love, love, love working my lower body for my riding. And while a lot of people think that riders need to have strong legs to “grip” their horse, that’s not exactly true.
You see, as a rider, I need to have contact with the barrel of my horse. Meaning I want to feel everything from my seat down, have full control of my legs to the front and back, stay soft, and stay connected to my upper body and trunk. .
It’s not just gripping, it’s a constant feel of my horse without tensing up. In horses, when you tense up and lock up muscles, that’s generally when you get tossed because you can’t “flow” with your horse when you ride.
I really notice this when I ride my mare versus my gelding. Whoopie, my mare, needs much more contact from my legs in order to have a successful ride. She needs that contact but if I lock up she’ll for sure toss me when she makes a quick movement.
So when I train in the gym, I train the full range of motion, vary between strength, hypertrophy and endurance rep ranges, and try not to do the same exact thing.
This was today’s workout:
Set of 15, 10, 10, 10, 15 Lunges (sets of 15 at body weight, sets of 10 with 45 Barbell)
5x5 TRX Pistol Squat with Ankle Mobility between sets
100 reps Leg Press
It doesn’t need to be complex. But adding variation can sure benefit your riding!!