Whether you are show jumping, playing polo or going crazy on the cross country course, riders tend to move up & down and side-2-side in the saddle. This means a constant change in their centre of gravity and a heightened need for balance. Having this balance and core stability leads to more control and confidence whilst mounted allowing you to attain peak athletic performance.
If you feel that your balance and core strength needs a bit of work, then look no further.
Here are a few exercises to start you off…
SINGLE LEG BALANCE
Start by placing 6 cones or markers around you in a rectangle shape. Balance on 1 leg and reach down slowly to touch each cone. For added difficulty move the markers further away.. Try 30 seconds on each leg and then switch legs.
SINGLE LEG BALANCE WITH EYES CLOSED
Repeat the same exercise again but this time with your eyes closed! 30 seconds on each leg, then switch.
SINGLE LEG WORK ON AN UNSTABLE SURFACE
If you have a Bosu stand on one leg in the middle of it. Slowly extend one leg back and as you do so, lean forward with your torso as though you are pretending to be an aeroplane. Pull your core muscles in and hold the position for 5 seconds then come back to centre and repeat on the other leg. 5 times per leg. If you do not have a bosu continue using the same base you used in exercise 3.
UPRIGHT ROW ON AN UNSTABLE SURFACE
Grab a wobble board or something similar, place both feet on it and move yourself into the position as though you are standing out of the saddle. Using a resistance band perform an upright row. Keep your elbows tucked in to your sides and squeeze your shoulder blades together as you pull backwards. The aim is to stay as still as possible on the wobble board.