CHAT WITH CHUKKA WELLNESS
To highlight the importance of staying fit and healthy for polo; Chukka Wellness asked the next generation of top polo players how they use fitness and nutrition to improve their athletic performance. They gave us access to their top tips on preparing for big games, their recovery routines and their thoughts on health in general in the world of polo.
This month we spoke to top player Agustin Arellano a 3 goaler based in Wellington, Florida.
1. How do you prepare physically and mentally for the polo season and big tournaments?
I train my hardest during the off season to improve strength in order to prepare for the busy season and big tournaments. I also live by the 75% nutrition 25% fitness rule and try to eat really clean.
2. Do you have a specific gym routine you follow?
I do a lot of cardio when I am riding so focus more on strength and balance when I hit the gym. I try to incorporate a lot of yoga into my workout regime too which has impacted my polo in a big way. Staying supple and mobile helps to reduce the risk of injury.
3. Is nutrition an important element to your preparations for big tournaments?
3. Nutrition is probably the most important element in my preparations for polo games . I drink two large smoothies filled with vegetables, whey protein, and almond milk every morning and then I try to eat 3 more clean meals which are high in protein.
4. What does your post game routine involve?
I always stretch after my games and use that time to meditate and reflect on the game.
5. Do you think fitness is an essential part to becoming a better polo player? If so, how would you suggest they kickstart their polo fitness regime?
I think it is hugely important. Every single professional sport is very fitness driven. Why should polo be any different? I think the start is meeting a trainer that is familiar with the necessities of polo such as Chukka Wellness!!!
6. There is a big focus on health & fitness at high goal level, do you think it should be introduced into medium and low goal too and why? What do you think is the best way to do this?
I think at all levels polo is a difficult and taxing sport. The best way to improve your game and prevent injury is by staying mobile and focus on strengthening your body through polo-specific movements.
7. What's the best bit of advice you could give beginner players?
Take it seriously! Polo is a fast-paced sport that requires a level of professionalism. Definitely invest time and effort into keeping your body and mind healthy. It is essential to stay fit to reduce potential injuries and have more control in the saddle.