Try this Pilates sequence.
Try this Pilates sequence to awaken and strengthen deep core stabilizers, improve muscular asymmetries, mobilize joints and supple the spine.
Cross-training and fitness are an integral part of a competitor’s routine.
In the world of elite sport, cross-training and fitness are an integral part of a competitor’s routine. Dressage riders from amateur to elite competitors are one-half of the athletic combination, and as riders, we need to look at our own body and its ability to not only withstand the rigors of competitive riding but to complement and enhance the horse’s abilities and athleticism.
We need to be mindful of our asymmetries, weaknesses, postural restrictions and compensatory patterns and continually strive to be the best we can be to become, or remain, the athletic equivalent of our horses. We all have busy lives and sometimes looking after our own fitness comes second to the care and fitness needs of our horses. What cannot be underestimated, though, is the cumulative benefits that a small amount of effective, mindful movement each day can have to improve our riding and our riding longevity.
We are what we habitually do, and I have designed this sequence to offset the somewhat linear nature of our modern lives. The spine is designed to move, and one of the best things we can do for the long-term health of our spine is to move in all three planes of movement—saggital (forward and back, or flexion and extension), coronal (lateral, or sideways, flexion) and transverse (rotation)—on a daily basis. As a Pilates Movement Educator, one of my roles is to concentrate on restrictions and the compensatory pat-