RiderCise® renews Endurance GB Championship series sponsorship for 2020
RiderCise®, a provider of online rider fitness programmes designed specifically to improve fitness, performance, recovery, and confidence in riders, has signed up in support of Endurance GB’s expanded Championship series for the second year in succession.
The agreement extends the RiderCise® Championship classes across new distances to include a RiderCise® Open, Novice and Grassroots Championship alongside a RiderCise® Advanced Regional Championship. The distance of each Championship class will vary at each venue with the Advance Championships being CERs of between 80km-100km. In addition to the extension of classes RiderCise® has offered a new cash prize structure which will award the winners of each class up to £50.
The events scheduled include:
the RiderCise® Southern Championships at Three Rivers (6-7 June)
the RiderCise® Northern Championships at The Cumbria Challenge (30 August)
The RiderCise® Advanced Welsh Championships at Wentwood In Summer (3 July)
The Open, Novice and Grassroots classes, which were due to take place at Pembury Country Park near Llanelli (25-26 April)have been postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemicand the prize fund will be rolled over to 2021 if the ride cannot be rescheduled for later in the year.
RiderCise® founder Clare Gangadeen explained why she is so keen to work closely with the sport.
“Endurance riders spend more time in the saddle in both training and competing than any other discipline and have more to gain from learning how rider fitness can not only help them to reduce after-riding aches and pains but also help their horses through being truly independent in the saddle and thus improving performance, as a team.
Ultimately, I believe that riders participate in endurance for the love of the sport and their horses and having spent more time at rides last year, I really see that at all levels. Endurance GB members really support each other and build communities and I love that aspect of the sport especially when equestrianism can be ultra-competitive. This inspires me to do all I can to help the endurance community both for the love of the horse and equestrianism.
For this reason, I am delighted to be continuing my sponsorship of the Regional Championships and extending them to include classes at all levels and am pleased to be able to offer prize money as I believe they deserve to be appropriately rewarded.
My vision for RiderCise® is ‘to improve the lives of horses and riders and promote equestrian sporting excellence’ and supporting Endurance GB Championship enables RiderCise® to do that/ Many endurance riders use my programmes and experience the positive influence rider fitness and balance can contribute to the performance and well being of themselves and their horses.
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the ride calendar may change but I am committed to this sponsorship and will roll over prize money at any ride not taking place this year to the 2021 season. I am looking forward to working with Endurance GB Championship and its members again and will be doing all I can to help riders address their fitness during this enforced ‘closed season’.”
Shaun Walsh, who has been recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Endurance GB as Sponsorship Director said:
“We are delighted to welcome Clare Gangadeen and RiderCise® back for their second season in support of our Regional Championship series. These competitions were a great success last year and we are pleased that they have been extended to cover all levels of our membership. The addition of prize money enhances the prestige of each class and we are grateful that as part of the sponsorship RiderCise® will also provide rosettes and funding to cover the costs of veterinary support at each venue. We all understand the importance that the health and fitness of our horses in this sport but sometimes rider fitness and training and the difference it can make, is underestimated.”
Endurance GB Championship‘s Communications Director Kerry Dawson said: “Last season we shared some brilliant content from RiderCise® as part of our #FitnessFridays via Endurance GB’s social media channels and we will be working closely with Clare especially through the enforced break to provide all sorts of inspiration to members around their personal fitness.”
The aim of the RiderCise® Horse Rider Fitness Guide is to provide you information on common rider challenges within specific disciplines along with a workout specifically designed to help improve those common issues.
There is a huge misconception that Rider Fitness means lifting big weights or hours in the gym but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Whilst lifting weights, running, cycling etc are hugely beneficial for general fitness, there are situations where it can actually hinder your ability to move with your horse, something that Clare, Founder of RiderCise, knows first hand.
Horse Rider Fitness Guide Part 1 – Dressage / Flatwork
Exercise 1 – Single Leg Swing – Flexion / Extension
Sport Specific Training simply means fitness and performance training (exercise/workouts / Sessions) designed specifically to help develop and improve athletic performance in their chosen sport.
For a rider, this would mean exercising / training off the horse to improve the skills required when on the horse. Such skills would be
Reaction speed (agility)
Mobility (different to flexibility)
Why is a specific training program important for sport?
Undertaking a training programme which has been designed with your sport in mind helps your ability to perform that sport. It is also known as Sports Conditioning, Functional Training and Building Condition Programmes.
Typically the training programme will consist of corrective and restorative exercises, strength training, conditioning and cardiovascular training, sports specific techniques which have been chosen specifically to mimic the movements and demands that your sport needs.
Imagine you are a rugby player, an equally dangerous sport, but you don’t work off the pitch on your strength, power, cardiovascular or agility skills but you walk the dog every day, work on a construction site -lifting heavy and difficult objects and do Pilates once a week.
Do you think that the Rugby player would be effective on the pitch?
Do you think they would be at a higher risk of injury from impact?
Do you think they would be a player the team could depend on?
If a Rugby player does not ensure that they can deal with the cardiovascular demands of running on a pitch (c.5miles per match) without fatigue and still have the ability to skilfully play, or have prepared their muscles, ligaments and tendons to be hit head-on by another player of 14+ stone at full speed, and probably moved in ways they are not designed to go, then they are not able to be part of the team, they become a hindrance, slowing the possibility of success for the team and putting themselves at serious risk of injury.
Horse riding is no different. Horse riding is actually one of the most dangerous sports in the world where we are required to sit balanced, stable and provide clear effective aids on an independent thinking animal that weight more than 5 times our body weight.
What are 5 Sport Specific Training principles?
Going above and beyond. Training your body in either agility, strength, power, endurance etc beyond what is required in the sport allows the body to deal with the demand of the sport easier. Imagine you only had to ride a test or jump a course which took 2 mins but you trained to ride it for 6mins, riding the 2 mins would be easier for your body to deal with meaning that you would perform optimally.
The human body is amazing. If you practise a given programme, movement or regime without changing the demand in some way then your body will adapt, and you will no longer make progress. To continue to progress you must gradually increase the stimulus or overload so that the body doesn’t adapt and become stagnant – or your performance will to.
As a rider this is really important – Running is not going to help your stability, mobility or balance but it will help improve your cardiovascular ability. The training should be relevant to the demand of the sport.
Don’t become stuck in a routine. The body thrives on being exposed to different stimulus and enables the body to utilise different muscles and body systems to perform which in turn allows greater performance, lower risk of over-use injuries and helps to maintain the need intensity (overload).
Don’t give up or be prepared to lose what you gained. If you have a prolonged period of time off training then yes, you will lose all of the good gains you have made. Your fitness level, strength, mobility, stability and balance will all start to decrease back to zero.
It is easy to keep going than to start again….it should become a way of life, not a ‘quick fix’.
If you want to ride without the aches and pains after, feeling exhausted during a lesson, lacking in confidence when onboard, struggling to step up to the next level, collapsing in transitions, not able to give clear effective aids, struggle to sit a spook or take forever to recover from a general injury then you would benefit from a Sport Specific Training Programme.
There are just too many benefits not to. Learn more about RiderCise programmes by watching a short video:
Have you ever wondered why other riders around you seem to be reaching their dreams, achieving goals, in the limelight or simply just making progress? Is there something that you don’t know or aren’t doing, despite how much hard work you put in and the effort you make?
I believe there is and it’s as simple as taking a different view on how to get to where you want to be.
We are all the same deep down!
As equestrians we all have our own aspirations, whether that is to simply be able to ride without feeling the consequences, have the confidence go to pleasure rides with friends, being the best rider we can be, to get out and about at shows or compete to the highest level possible. We all have these aspirations.
The mistake we often make is focusing so much on those that make progress and achieve their aspirations and not realising that there are many who had had the same aspirations but didn’t succeed at achieving them.
So if the aspirations are the same for those that succeed and those that fail, it cannot be the aspiration that differentiates them but the way in which they go about achieving them.
Are Aspirations the same as Goals?
When you look at the meaning definitions it isn’t clear cut but breaking the words down can help give you a clear difference:
GOAL: The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
ASPIRATION: A hope or ambition of achieving something.
Similar in that both describe a future state but different in that Goals are objective and measurable such as winning a competition, whereas Aspirations are subjective, unmeasurable and intangible such as an emotion or feeling.
So why should I think about aspirations rather than goals?
A Goal may be to have the confidence to go to A pleasure ride, to go to A show, to win A competition. A specific measurable goal.
Whereas an Aspiration may be to go on many pleasure rides, to regularly attend shows, to win at various competitions. A future state of being.
As a Rider Performance Coach, I speak with so many riders that are so focused on achieving a particular goal (short term) rather than the aspiration (long term) that they do not realise that achieving that one goal will only affect them positively momentarily. After you have achieved your goal, then what? All that hard work that you put in just disappears and you return to how you once were? You start to feel the aches and pains, lose your confidence, stop going to shows or don’t manage to go to the next level?
Imagine your tack room is a mess, you set yourself a goal to tidy it.
If you summon the energy to tidy it, you have a clean tack room – for now. But, if you maintain the same sloppy habits that led to the messy tack room then it will soon be a total mess again. You are left chasing the same outcome because you never changed the system behind it. You treated a symptom without addressing the cause.
Taking a different view
The implicit assumption behind any goal is this: “Once I reach my goal, then I’ll be happy.” The problem with a goals-first mentality is that you’re continually putting happiness off until the next milestone.
If you focus too much on a Goal it can create a “yo-yo” effect, much like dieting. So many riders work hard for months but as soon as they achieve that Goal they stop. There is no longer anything to motivate them. This is why many people find themselves reverting to their old habits after accomplishing reaching their goal
Furthermore, goals create an “either-or” conflict: Either you achieve your goal and are successful, or you fail, and you’re a disappointment. You mentally box yourself into a narrow version of happiness.
True long-term thinking is goal-less thinking. It’s not about any single accomplishment. It’s about the cycle of endless refinement and continuous improvement. Ultimately, it’s your commitment to the process that will determine your progress.
To improve your confidence you must slowly challenge yourself to do and believe in yourself more. It doesn’t happen overnight.
To win a Championship you must first place high in many outings to be in the position to attend a Championship.
“The difference between success and failure is that those who succeed realise it is not the Goal they must focus on but their Aspiration and to reach it there is a process of learning, refinement and constant implementation of the action, not a single achievement.”
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