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In RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN, kinetics-and-riding specialist Eckart Meyners, provides 180 anytime, anywhere exercises that have been systematically and successfully put into practice by riders at many levels of ability and experience.

The cool thing about incorporating Meyners’ “mini-workouts” in your fitness plan is that they not only train and sculpt your body, they help create new structures and connections in your brain! Ultimately, this cuts down on preparation time prior to a ride and speeds up all your coordinated motion patterns during training and competition.

Here is a mini-workout you can easily do while sitting at your desk—these exercises focus on the pelvis, which is an integral point of connection with the horse:



1  Hip Movements on a Chair

Step One  Sit on a chair and alternate lifting your left hip and your right. Pay attention to how high you are able to lift each hip and how difficult it is (or isn’t) for you. Repeat the movement 10 times with each hip.

Step Two  Sit as far forward on the edge of the chair as possible, and again repeat 10 times.

Step Three  Slide all the way back toward the backrest and lean your upper body forward. Support yourself with your forearms placed on your thighs. Lift each hip another 10 times.

Step Four  Shift all your weight to one forearm so your weight on that thigh “blocks” movement in the respective hip joint. Try to lift that hip 10 times.

Step Five  Shift your weight to the other thigh and repeat.

Step Six  Finally, repeat Step One of the exercise. You will notice that you are able to lift your hips significantly higher and that the movement feels much easier.


2  Reverse Hip Movements on a Chair

Step One  Turn your chair around and straddle it with the backrest in front of you. Place your forearms one on top of the other along the top of the back rest, and rest your forehead on them.

Step Two  As with the first exercise above, lift each hip 10 times.

Step Three  Now, lean your chest against the backrest and “hug” the backrest with your arms.

Step Four  Again, repeat the hip movements, which you will find rather difficult this time.

Step Five  Finally, return to the forward-facing position from the previous exercise, with your back against the backrest, and repeat the hip movements. How easy or difficult have they become? How high can you now lift your hips?


3  Hip Movements on a Clock Face

Step One  While sitting in your chair, imagine a clock face on the seat’s surface. Move your pelvis forward and back on the clock face, from six to twelve o’clock. Pay attention to how this movement feels to you.

Step Two  Now execute all the steps from the first two pelvic exercises above while continuing with the six-to-twelve-o’clock movement. Check the mobility of your pelvis after the exercise—you will find that it has increased and moving your hips is easier.


RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE!


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I hope you all had a chance to see the fantastic excerpt from Eckart Meyners’ new book RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN in the October issue of Practical Horseman (out now, so pick up a copy!) One of the important points Meyners makes in his book is that although riders (usually) take the time to conscientiously warm up their horse in preparation for a riding session, they rarely do so for themselves—and they are athletes, too! Riding horses puts serious physical demands on your body, and it only makes sense that you give your mind, muscles, tendons, and ligaments the opportunity to “get in the groove” before asking them to perform their best.

Read more about incorporating a rider warm-up in your riding schedule on Equisearch.com all this month.

And don’t forget to order your copy of RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE!

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Eckart Meyners' new book RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN is featured in the October issue of PRACTICAL HORSEMAN.

RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN by internationally known kinetics-and-riding expert Eckart Meyners is due out in October! This is one “fitness” book you don’t need to be afraid of…while working on it, I was impressed with not only the variety of exercises, but also the general ease-of-use—no complicated instructions or long lists of mandatory equipment. You don’t need a gym membership or spandex to complete Meyners’ exercises—almost 200 of them!—just a desire to perform better in the saddle, communicate more clearly with your horse, and enjoy your riding time, all the time.

Check out the excerpt from RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN in the October issue of PRACTICAL HORSEMAN, which ships to subscribers and stores TODAY!

And pre-order your copy of RIDER FITNESS: BODY & BRAIN at the TSB bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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