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Spring Shape-up: Workouts for Equestrians

Get in shape for spring and summer riding with these workouts.

By Megan Arszman | February 1, 2016

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Looking for some inspiration when you hit the gym? Here are some workouts you can do at home, the barn or at the gym to help kick your fitness resolutions back into gear.

Workout #1

3 Rounds – 60 Seconds each*

High Knees
Air Squats
Reverse Lunges
Plank Hold

*Just starting out? Start with 30 seconds of each. Need some extra difficulty? Add weights of some sort (medicine ball, dumbbell, saddle) for the squats and reverse lunges.


Workout #2

Running Intervals

5 Minutes warm-up (brisk walk or slow jog)
1 Minute Spring (or faster run speed)
2 Minutes Jog (or walk)
1 Minute Burpees

1 Minute Sprint
2 Minutes Jog
1 Minute Push-ups

1 Minute Sprint
2 Minutes Jog
1 Minute Crunches/Sit-ups

1 Minute Sprint
2 Minutes Jog
1 Minute Squats

1 Minute Spring
2 Minutes Jog
1 Minute Plank Hold
5 Minutes Cool down (again, brisk walk or slow jog)

Workout #3

High Intensity Intervals

Do each exercise at a high intensity for 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds

Mountain Climbers
Push-Ups
Squats
Crunches
Burpees
Plank
Jump Squats
Tricep Dips
High Knees
Lunges


Workout #4

99 Reasons to Sweat

Run 1 Mile
33 Push-ups

Run 1 Mile
33 Air Squats

Run 1 Mile
33 Burpees

Workout #5

Just Starting Out
(Perfect for your first foray into high intensity interval workouts)

40 Jumping Jacks
10 Push-Ups

30 Jumping Jacks
20 Crunches

20 Jumping Jacks
30 Walking Lunges (15 each leg)

10 Jumping Jacks
40 Small Arm Circles (20 forward and 20 backward)

Click the image below for a printable version of these workouts
Equestrian Workouts


Get more workout inspo in the Fit Rider column in the March 2016 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine. Click here to subscribe!

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