In How to Physically Prepare for Horseback Riding: Step One, we established that exercising your TA (Transverse Abdominis, the deepest core muscles that provide you with the ability to keep your body stable) should be one of the beginning steps in your effort to prepare for horseback riding. And, now that you've learned to target and activate your TA by repeatedly performing the exercises in the last video, you're ready to move forward in your training.
Here are three examples of exercises you can do to improve your abdominal strength (Click on each for a descriptive video). As you perform them, remember to activate your TA throughout the movements. Also, remember to breathe!
1) Plank Exercise
2) Plank Leg lifts (low and high), Plank arm lifts
3) Side Planks
These three exercises are very basic, but the better you get at targeting your TA and other abdominal muscles, the stronger your core will become for horseback riding.
Stay tuned for our next blog about functional leg exercises that will help prepare your lower body for sitting in the saddle.