This week I sit down with Leah Hinnefeld of The Athletic Rider to discuss the important topic of rider fitness. We all know that correct riding takes a combination of strength and balance. The sometimes elusive goal of true “independent aids” takes a lot of body awareness and control, which comes from time in the saddle, but this is also developed out of the saddle, starting with good habits and practices to stay healthy and fit. I like to tell my riders (and remind myself) that we can't expect the horse to move with fluidity, ease, and balance if we can't do the same.
Leah Hinnefeld is a lifelong equestrian as well as fitness enthusiast, and she recently became certified through NASM as a personal trainer. Leah has decided to combine her love of and experience riding with her knowledge of health and fitness to help other riders find better posture and more balance in the saddle by helping them with their exercise routines through “Virtual Fitness Training”. I stopped by her beautiful farm in Georgia to discuss her new venture and what riders most need in terms of fitness.
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Now it's your turn – is there an area of your body where you know you are weak? Have a question for Leah? Leave a comment below!
Also, visit Leah's site at http://theathleticrider.com/ She posts many helpful articles about all kinds of health and fitness topics, plus you can find more information as well as contact her directly regarding the virtual fitness training she offers!
See you in the comments,