Fit to Ride in 9 Weeks

Author: Heather Sansom
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570768309
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Regardless of discipline, level of expertise, training philosophy, body shape, or fitness level, all riders do better—in horse-related activities on the ground and in the saddle—when they take care of their bodies and maintain their fitness. While riding is a great way to enjoy an active lifestyle, on its own it is not enough to condition and tone the body to the degree we need, and then the horse must make up the fitness gap in our physical partnership. If our reflexes are slow, if our bodies fatigue, if our position collapses, if tension patterns appear, then the horse suffers repetitive asymmetrical strain or develops compensatory movement habits. It is for his good, as well as ours, that certified personal trainer and riding coach Heather Sansom has developed an utterly achievable 9-week plan to give every rider the straightness, suppleness, strength, and stamina she needs to rider her best. With hundreds of one-of-a-kind illustrations depicting accurate musculature on the rider’s body, and dozens of proven exercises organized in a progressive fitness program with easy-to-use schedule charts, Sansom’s book is the key to enjoying the ride, being fair to your horse, and getting into fabulous shape—in nine weeks!

Killer Core Workout for Runners

Author: Heather Sansom
Publisher: Equifitt.com Publishing
ISBN: 0981339166
Release Date: 2015-08-05
Genre:

The first complete core exercise training plan specifically for runners. There are thousands of core exercises available out there, but without a plan they won't take you very far. Getting a stronger core needs more than random exercise-of-the-week, or a single great routine. You can't do the same routine week after week to progress. You know it doesn't work that way when you are training to run either. If you are middle-aged or have an injury to manage, doing random exercises in fits and starts can actually put you at risk for injury. Building a strong core specifically for running is done the same way you train for running: gradually, in logical progressions that build a base of stability before increasing complexity, speed or endurance. You don't just want to go faster, further or over cooler terrain. You want to move better, have healthy joints, avoid injury. This book contains a week-by-week six week progressive training plan, with new exercises introduced each week. No more need to guess how many to do, whether you are doing the exercises correctly, or when it's time to move on. No more boredom. You start seeing results quickly. This book is suitable for competitive runners, as well as amateur joggers; walkers and hikers. (Anyone propelling themselves on their own two feet, needs core strength to support joint health and movement.) Many of the exercises and progressions have been used successfully in a back injury rehab program, and with competitive and distance athletes. The workout plan wraps up with a guide to help you continue your core training so that it is fun, effective, and smart. Once you have completed this plan, you will know how to choose and combine other exercises you find, to maintain and build your core strength and running stamina 'smart'. More information about the book: http: //coreforrunners.weebly.com More information about coaching with author Heather Sansom: www.heathersansom.ca (online or distance coaching available for fitness, sport conditioning, or life coaching to reach your health and wellbeing goals)

Centered Riding 2

Author: Sally Swift
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570767036
Release Date: 2014-04-21
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Centered Riding is not a style of riding as are dressage, hunter seat, or Western. Rather, it is a way of reeducating a rider’s mind and body to achieve greater balance in order to better communicate with the horse. Founder Sally Swift revolutionized riding by showing that good use of the human body makes a world of difference on horseback. Early in her work, she established what she calls the “Four Basics” — centering, breathing, soft eyes, and building blocks—which, together with grounding, are the main tenets of her method. When a rider learns and maintains these basics, then harmony between horse and human is possible. Sally Swift’s first book, Centered Riding, made its revolutionary appearance in 1985 and continues as one of the best-selling horse books of all time. This second book doesn't replace the first one, it complements it. In the intervening years, Centered Riding continued to evolve, and Sally inevitably developed many new concepts and fresh imagery, all of which are presented here.

Brain Training for Riders

Author: Andrea Monsarrat Waldo
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570768392
Release Date: 2017-01-16
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Did you know there is an area of your brain known as the “Lizard Brain” that thinks only about the immediate moment and your means of survival? Yes, in certain circumstances, your “Rational Brain” can effectively “shut down” and you are at the mercy of a reptile ... dry-mouthed, sweating, queasy, unable to think clearly—even though you know better. When does the Lizard Brain run the show? It can happen in any number of unfamiliar, uncomfortable, challenging, or “stressful” riding situations. But here’s the thing: with the right kind of training, you can learn to manage the reptile within, which leads to greater confidence with horses, better riding performance, and ultimately, happiness at the barn, at shows, and everywhere in between. Andrea Monsarrat Waldo teaches you how to: handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment; hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle; care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse; and produce a state of “Focused Calm” and tap into the skills you have (whether you know it or not!) to ensure an outstanding ride.

Yoga for Equestrians

Author: Linda Benedik
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Pub
ISBN: 1570761361
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Health & Fitness

Equestrians everywhere will benefit from these unique yoga exercises specially designed for the rider. Learn how to enhance your riding skills through awareness exercises, visualizations, and meditations and improve your strength, flexibility, and balance through mounted and unmounted yoga routines.

Riding Through Thick and Thin

Author: Melinda Folse
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570766589
Release Date: 2016-03-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Many if not most women have been locked in a battle with their bodies for as long as they can remember. And when it comes to riding horses, they drag their arsenal of self-doubt with them every time they step into the saddle. Some quit riding completely. Others ride, but are frustrated by their lack of progress as riders or what they see as poor performance. They succumb to silent self-torment as they wonder how they look, what others think, and whether they have any business on the back of a horse if their jeans feel a little too tight. Regardless of seat size, riding discipline, or the degree — or even truth — of the body issues with which they struggle, the scars on female self-image in our society run deep and wide. So with the humor and big-sisterly swagger that readers and reviewers have come to love, Melinda Folse, author of bestseller The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses, has decided to step in with a delightful, insightful, fulfilling new book. Riding Through Thick and Thin delves to the bottom of the issues that have long held women hostage, bringing together experts, research, resources, and stories to encourage, inspire, and empower. Readers will find some answers that may surprise them: Believe it or not, this is not about losing weight or getting fit (although if that’s a point of interest, there’s a section packed with helpful tools and ideas). This book is more about what’s going on in every woman’s mind — and it taps new findings in neuroscience to reveal that permanent change to deeply ingrained body image issues is not only possible, but it may be much easier than we think.

Flexibility and Fitness for Riders

Author: Richenda Van Laun
Publisher: J. A. Allen, Limited
ISBN: 0851317634
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Different levels of fitness are required for the various riding disciplines but the component necessary for all riders is that of flexibility. This book discusses many aspects of fitness including strength exercises for the abdominal muscles, back and legs, focusing on stretching - why it benefits riders and its role in helping to prevent injury.

Rider Fitness

Author: Eckart Meyners
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
ISBN: 1570764824
Release Date: 2011
Genre: PETS

"Step-by-step instructions for rider exercises off and on the horse to better their performance and ability to communicate functionally with their horse"--

The Horse s Pain Free Back and Saddle Fit Book

Author: Joyce Harman
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
ISBN: 9781570768934
Release Date: 2018-02-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

When your horse suddenly develops a performance problem or a bad attitude and neither seem to be remedied by new training techniques or medical care, you often face months—even years—of frustration and career limitation. Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and respected saddle-fitting expert, states that 75 percent of horses with such issues are simply reacting to pain caused by ill-fitting saddles. And, as she explains in this thorough and highly illustrated book, poor saddle fit can be corrected with patience and know-how.

Equestrian Pilates

Author: Sue Gould-Wright
Publisher: The Crowood Press
ISBN: 9781908809674
Release Date: 2017-05-31
Genre: Pets

In this book, Sue Gould-Wright, a qualified Pilates instructor and sports massage therapist, takes general Pilates principles and applies them specifically to riders' needs. She recognises that most riders are pushed for time so her exercises are designed to be done pretty much anywhere - at the stable yard for instance - with no special equipment. Using photos and clear instructions she guides the rider through numerous exercises aimed at improving core stability, body awareness, independent movement, breathing, flexibility, and mobility - qualities that are so important when in the saddle, and around horses generally. Most of the exercises relate to enhancing riding performance and comfort, and eliminating riding 'faults', but Sue also offers advice on how better to perform everyday yard tasks, like sweeping, grooming, lifting hay bales, etc.

Freedom All The Way Up

Author: Christian J. Barrigar
Publisher: FriesenPress
ISBN: 9781460293843
Release Date: 2017-05-19
Genre: Philosophy

Freedom All The Way Up proposes four intertwined elements that make up the meaning of life—self-worth, purpose, identity, and hope. Materialism (atheism) claim the universe has no meaning, so there is no larger purposeful story into which we can place ourselves—we are left on our own to construct meaning for our lives. Barrigar argues, though, that the universe possess God’s meaning and purpose—to provide the space and conditions by which to bring about the existence of agape-capable beings in agape-loving relationships with God and with others. In effect, the universe is a great ‘freedom system’ designed by God with freedom built in ‘all the way up’, from the Big Bang to the emergence of big brains and free will. Barrigar describes the emergence of this system through his novel agape/probability account of God’s design for the universe, which integrates such disciplines as quantum physics, statistical mechanics, probability theory, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and game theory. This system sets up the conditions for a fundamental choice between autonomous freedom, which focuses principally on self, and agapic freedom, which focuses principally on God and on others. Materialism chooses autonomous freedom, but thereby introduces nihilism into each of the elements of meaning. In turns out that nihilism is a much greater problem for Materialism than suffering is for Theism. In contrast, agapic freedom infuses self-worth, purpose, identity, and hope with God’s agape-love, dispelling Materialism’s inherent nihilism. Freedom All The Way Up provides a dramatic new proposal for God and the meaning of life in our scientific and humanist age.

The Rider s Fitness Program

Author: Dianna Robin Dennis
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781580175425
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Health & Fitness

Here is the perfect book for beginning riders who are using muscles they never knew they had before, advanced riders who want to stay in top form (especially as they get older), and weather-bound riders who want to be fit when spring arrives. The Rider's Fitness Program details a fun and effective six-week program that strengthens the muscles riders use while improving overall balance, flexibility, and coordination. The book features more than 85 exercises designed to help new riders get over the aches and pains of getting started and experienced riders hone their skills and technique and prevent injuries. The routines are flexible, so you can customize the workout you need for jumping, dressage, reining, endurance, polo, or rodeo. The exercises are accompanied by step-by-step photographs that demonstrate how to perform each action properly (with an emphasis on safety). They progress from basic to advanced and are suitable for riders at all fitness levels. The authors also include fundamental information on diet, general health and safety, and clothing and equipment.