The Story
behind RiderCise®

The difference between 'Fit' and 'Fit to Ride'

About RiderCise

RiderCise fitness programmes have been created for riders by a fitness and therapy professional who is also a keen equestrian. That means the programmes are specifically designed to shape you into a fit, confident and effective rider. They also slot neatly around all the other demands of a horsey lifestyle; delivering short, challenging workouts that get results. But what makes RiderCise the perfect choice for riders around the world who want to improve their fitness and their partnership with their horse?

RiderCise was founded by Personal Trainer and Soft Tissue Therapist Clare Gangadeen in 2016.

The idea for RiderCise was borne from a crisis of confidence Clare experienced after falling from her beautiful but big-moving new Friesian mare. As a fitness specialist and fanatic with a body sculpted to be strong, lean and responsive, Clare was shocked by her struggle to adapt to her new horses paces. The fall left her questioning her own competence in the saddle, but after some reflection it dawned on her that cardiovascular fitness and strength may not be the only elements of being riding fit.

Clare realised balance, mobility, core strength and muscular endurance were all as equally important as muscular strength and general fitness to enable her to be ‘fit to ride’. It was with that philosophy in mind that Clare develop the RiderCise programmes. Her expertise in personal training, knowledge of human physiology and passion for riding gives Clare a unique approach that gets results.

Clares expertise has helped everyone from leisure riders right through to professionals competing on the international stage in a wide variety of equestrian disciplines. If youv’e ever felt that a lack of fitness has held you back in the saddle or prevented you from achieving the competitive results you deserve, why not take a closer look? RiderCise fitness programmes are:

   Accessible – you can do them on any smartphone or tablet.

   Short and easy-to-understand – Clare knows how much spare time horses use up.

   Simple – they can be done anywhere, at any time and don’t need lots of equipment.

   Affordable – a full 6-week programme costs the same as just one or two personal training sessions at the gym.

Here is what some of Clare’s happy customers have to say about RiderCise

Annette Kriller, Mongal Derby Rider

I previously took part in the 2017 Mongol Derby but unfortunately didn’t finish due to being bucked off after 850 kms and needing medical care so when I entered the 2019 Derby I was determined to cross the finish line..

I had done some exercise and rode regularly but wasn’t totally sure how best to prepare myself for such a ride and the time was drawing closer. With just over 8 weeks to departure I was recommended Clare at RiderCise to help prepare me for the 1000km across the Mongolian Steppe and despite the short time frame (normally a min of 3months prep apparently!!) Clare designed a bespoke rider fitness programme for me which I could do around my busy schedule. I am a Vet with my own clinic in rural northern Sweden and have 36 sleddogs and 4 horses to look after!

When I struggled Clare was there to help and the best thing she said to me was ‘This is not a competition you are working to be the best YOU can be’. That allowed me the freedom to try, even if it wasn’t perfect, I was going to be the best I could be.

And although Clare is based in the UK, the programme was delivered via the mobile app so it didn’t matter where in the world I was, as long as I could either use the app or get online to view my workout and the detailed exercise instructional videos, which for me it was very important to have the visualisation of how the exercise should look like. In order to get the full benefit of the programme I needed to make sure I was doing the exercises correctly so after watching the exercise instructional videos in the programme I recorded a small video on my phone of me doing each exercise and sent them to Clare to check. Once Clare has approved all of the exercises I could move on with the programme.

Over the short 8 weeks, I fed back to Clare via the app and on Skype how I was finding the exercises, what was hard, easy or near on impossible and Clare adjusted the programme as she thought best to further develop my rider fitness and accommodate any issues I may be having.

I crossed the finish line in 17th place out of 27. I wasn’t first, but I wasn’t last, I was in the middle, where I wanted to be and more importantly, I finished. Not only did I finish this time but I also didn’t suffer with pain in my adductors, stomach or back, something that haunted me in the 2017 Derby.

If I had known about Clare sooner I would have started training for the Derby with her a lot earlier and who knows how good I would have felt then!

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Jessica Gale, Dressage Rider

I have worked with Clare for over 3 years now and in this time she has completely changed my approach, knowledge, understanding and motivation to exercise.

As a rider herself, Clare understands that riders don’t have hours to spend in the gym and can’t be sore and unable to muck out/ride and although the exercise sessions are short and simple, they make such an incredible difference to your riding and can be fitted in to any part of a horse riders day – no excuses!

By doing exercises that are rider specific I am focusing on the issues that I have in the saddle and so every session I do is improving me as a rider and also my horse. My position has improved, I’m more balanced and stronger through my core and my horses are thanking me for it! And my scores have gone up too!!’

Tracy Thompson, Endurance Rider

A friend introduced me to the ‘RiderCise 9 week challenge’ and I decided to give it a go.

I liked the idea that it was designed with horse riders in mind and works to improve core strength and balance.

I was concerned that due to my mobility problems I might struggle to do the programme but chatting to Clare put my mind at ease. The challenge starts with ten minutes of exercises and stretching three times a week and is easy to fit in.

I loved the app on my phone with a detailed description and video of each exercise and really appreciated the benefit of having Clare on the other end of the phone. If I came across an exercise I could not do due to my balance she quickly came up with an alternative.

I had a spinal injury in 1998 and its very easy to just accept the limitations that it brings but RiderCise has taught me that I can improve my mobility. At the start of the challenge I used to watch the video on the app and then seeing my attempt was pathetic. My legs just would not give me that range of movement and for a few weeks I really did wonder if they ever would. Now I am not claiming I have morphed into a Russian gymnast but I certainly have gave gained greater flexibility.

I would recommend the programme to anyone and its ideal for people short of time. It can be difficult fitting in visits to the gym etc but you can do this anywhere at any time. Clare is brilliant at what she does and I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say she can improve your riding. Give it a try and your horse will reap the benefits .

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Our Vision

To improve the lives of horses and riders and promote equestrian sporting excellence.

Our Mission

To Improve the Fitness, Performance, Recovery and Confidence of Equestrian Riders

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Jessica Gale - Advanced Dressage Rider

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