Hey Team and friends!
Thanks for tuning into our 14-day pre-thermal fitness challenge. A little info about how this challenge came about:
This past Saturday Jenny Whitworth and I had the opportunity to hear Daniel Stewart (USET personal trainer) give a lecture titled “E: 90 EQ – Equestrian fitness”. He asked why equestrian athletes don’t hold ourselves to the same fitness and dietary standards we hold our horses to. After his lecture he explained a great system of how to implement a 15-min daily workout into your busy schedule to get fit for your riding!
When I got back from the Symposium I contacted my sister, Maggie, who is a personal trainer, diet wizard, and all around fitness guru and asked if she’d help me create a daily 15 minute workout and share some diet tips with me so I could get in awesome shape before heading to Thermal to show for weeks 5 & 6.
After telling Toni and Colin about the fitness challenge we thought we should share it out to our entire team and invite everyone to take part! You can find the workouts here, on the McIntosh Stables Blog, or in your e-mail if you’ve signed up with me. Please feel free to ask questions on the blog, post your own workout videos and diet tips, share your struggles and progress, and come participate in barn workouts on the weekend (times TBD)!
This is the plan we have come up with as a team and we hope you guys will join us in getting fit not only for yourself but for your equine partner 🙂
Best of luck 😉
Day 1: 14 day pre-Thermal Equestrian Workout Challenge!
15 Minute Workout
Warm Up: 4 sets of the following 4 exercises
- 3 inchworms (start in a plank position, walk your hands into your toes and back out to plank)
- 6 Squat to Calf Raise (squat low then up on your toes with your knees straight)
- 9 Plank Step Outs (in plank position, step one foot out to the side & back at a time)
- 12 Jumping Jacks
Equestrian Plyometric Exercise: Equestrian crunches (balance on your seat bones with legs up, heels stretching down, and back flat. Pull your knees to your chest and your elbows past your knees)
Core Finisher: :45 second front plank, :20 second side plank; :20 second side plank
Nutrition Tip: Tracking your food will make a huge difference in your performance as an athlete. Not only knowing what you’re putting in your body, but also knowing what your diet is lacking can have a huge impact on your energy levels and your performance in the arena. The best place to track your food is on the MyFitnessPal website and App. They make it super easy to log your food and look back at your macro and micronutrients, which we will get into more as the days go on.