Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Using Your Free $10,000.00 Equestrian Gym

For about six weeks I have been very unhealthy and have become rather weak with a tremendous loss of cardiovascular fitness. For a while another round of Rocky Mountain Spotted fever was suspected but that has been ruled out. For the first six months of 2016 I rode 1002 miles--with very little of that at a walk--very, very little. For those of you who ride hard you already know how much such intense riding does to build he condition of the rider.

Bottom line--I was in good shape, for a man my age, or for a man of any age.

Things started fading and I got weaker as I rode less and I rode much less as I got weaker. Got weak enough so that it has taken a big toll even on my ability to work in the office. So, it is time to reclaim my health.

High Intensity Interval Training is my preferred mode of exercise--takes less time gives faster results and coupled with 50-100 miles of riding each week gives me a pretty good base of exercise. I have no interest in being a body builder. I want to build the muscles that I use for riding. I want them to have power and endurance.

That means that my core muscles have to be the focus of my exercise. I just finished a workout that I hope to build on that really seems ideal for building riding muscles. It was quick. It was hard and it will be effective.

Best of all, although the major piece of exercise equipment cost about $10,000.00 it came at no cost.

Very simple session--walk the drive way while curling 5 pound weights and on the third lap put down the five pound weights and do one lap curling 25 pound weights. Repeat several circuits.

By then I was warmed up enough for the meat of the program. I put the car in neutral and pushed it up and down the driveway for several circuits.

Back, abdominal muscles, obliques, quadriceps and calves all worked very hard. I don't think that I could have gotten much better of a workout for building riding muscles at the most expensive gym around.

And my gym cost me nothing.

1 comment:

Dianne W said...

How long is your driveway? (Not that I have any intention of pushing my car any distance.)