In this video, Laura Crump Anderson leads us through five exercises designed to strengthen a rider's position. Anderson begins by demonstrating a wall sit, then moves on to body weight squats. If body weight squats are not challenging enough, she suggests adding a weighted object, like a bucket filled with horse feed, to increase the difficulty of the exercise. Next, Anderson moves on to demonstrating dips, which can be done with the help of a chair. Anderson rounds out the exercise program with push-ups and the plank.
Laura Crump Anderson holds a degree in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science from Longwood University. She focuses on rider fitness and establishing exercise regimens that work for the competitive equestrian. She completed a 400-hour internship under the tutelage of physical therapist Jill McKay. Laura is the founder of Hidden Heights Fitness LLC and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and 200 Hour yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance. She developed a passion for sustainable programs that have the benefits of strength training without losing time in the saddle.