ASK ANYONE what core exercises they typically do, and you’ll probably hear “a lot of crunches.” It seems simple nough—lie on your back with your knees bent and hands laced behind your head, and contract your abdominal muscles as you lift your head and shoulders off the floor. And repeat.
But there’s so much more you can do to develop
a stronger core, and there’s so much more to it
than just achieving a slimmer waist. It’s also about
strengthening your whole body: the abdominal
muscles keep the upper and lower body connected.
Meaning, if you want to keep your chest and
shoulders steady, your core must be steady and
strong. Need your legs to stay quiet, thus
preventing potential miscues for your horse?
You need a strong core.
“Our core is essential to our balance,
and so many movements and transitions
are directly a;ected from the balance
of the rider,” explains Michael
Hunzinger, a Quarter Horse trainer
based in Texas.
Here are some movements
you can add to your workouts
to strengthen your core for
a stronger ride from Bridget
Braden-Olson, owner of
The plank is the ultimate total-
FIT RIDER » BY MEGAN ARSZMAN
Developing a strong core is key
to becoming a stronger rider.