I am going to share
something with you live today that I’ve never shared before publicly, and today that is going to be the formula to helping riders improve their riding, i.e., how to get the
most out of your horse by getting the most out of yourself. (upbeat electronic music) So, I spent the past four years working with riders and
trainers exclusively in person and online to
help them get the most out of their own bodies, so that way they can get the
most out of their horses. And I’ve also spent the
last six years before that traveling the United States, studying under some of
the most brilliant minds in the rehab and strength training world. So, combining two amazing modalities, which is Greg Roskopf’s
Muscle Activation Techniques, and RTS, which is Resistance Training Specialists. Both of those go hand in hand to improve performance and
optimize your performance. So, the Muscle Activation Techniques helps you improve how
well your muscles work, improving your muscle efficiency to be able to contract
and use your muscles. And then the RTS is a very,
very high level approach to strength training and being able to adapt strength
training to an individual. So, today I’m gonna teach
you the secret little formula to my success that I’ve had with riders, and share the riders’ success
and how we’ve gotten there. So today, like I said, you’re gonna be learning
how to get the most out of yourself so you can get
the most out of your horse. So, let’s dive right into it. Here we go. How to get the most out of your horse. Of course it is a lovely acronym. So, we’re gonna go over
the four components of getting the most out of your horse. Starting with M. M is going to be mobility, and please don’t judge me for my writing. I don’t have the best handwriting, but I’ll try my best for you. So, mobility. Mobility is going to dictate three things, your posture, your position in the saddle and potential pain. The three Ps there. So, mobility is simply how well can you move your joints through full ranges of motion. Our body is compromised of many joints, and our muscles move those joints. And how well you can control that motion, through a range of motion, is going to dictate how
well your mobility is, how mobile you are. If you don’t have good mobility you’re gonna struggle with your posture, you’re gonna struggle
potentially with your position. Because you may lack
symmetry from side to side, you may not be able to move
a certain part of your body on your left side, as well as your right side. And that will dictate your position and really make it a struggle to find the correct
positions that you need, in order to give specific
aids to your horses. And then over the long-term it can cause pain. And why can it cause pain? A lack of mobility, control of your muscles can cause pain because over the long-term, when you don’t have great mobility, control of your muscles on side to side, it’ll start causing compensations. You have to come up with
compensatory patterns to keep you moving forward, and that’s great because it
allows us to keep moving. But in the long-term, those compensations put extra
stress on certain muscles and it puts unwanted stress on joints, because the muscles can’t
support those joints. So, the long-term, that’s
when you get that pain, that chronic pain that just
kinda came out of nowhere. It is that lack of mobility, because your muscles have
potentially had to work harder in certain areas to make up
for a weakness and other. Which brings me to a good point, that word weakness. So, a lack of mobility, let’s think of this in terms of weakness. So, your muscle’s inability to contract or fire when you want it to. And when I say contract, I mean your brain has to send a signal to every single muscle
in your body to move, and sometimes that signal gets dampened, there’s an interference which
can be caused by inflammation. We won’t go too in-depth with that, but that is the principle of
Muscle Activation Techniques. And that is the whole concept, that a lack of mobility is actually a weakness
in your brain’s ability to communicate with your muscles. So, we need to be able to restore mobility to help you have better posture, to choose the position that you want, and for the long-term
to get you out of pain, so that way you can or not allow pain, or dampen the amount of pain, so that way you can continue to ride for as long as possible, especially as you age, and that you don’t get
slowed down by that age because of this pain. So, that’s gonna be the first step, is going to be to improve this mobility. And in order to do that you can do one of two things. You can do lots of things. My recommendations in what I do, is you can go see a Muscle
Activation Techniques specialist. That’s gonna be one of the best ways to restore your function of your body, or you can do this through very
specific strength training. Now you may not get the most out of it, or as much as you would
if you saw a practitioner, but big surprise, I’m gonna go over this in a later video, you can actually improve your flexibility or mobility through strength training. So, that’s the first one. M, mobility. So, by the way, if you get this and you feel this, like ah man, no matter what I do it just seems like certain things are tight, it’s hard for me to sit in this saddle and use the muscles I want to, and I feel some pain
in my hips and my back, even though I’ve never
had an injury there. Do me a favor right now and leave me a comment down below letting me know that you suffer from this, or this is something that you’ve
come across in your riding, and let me know where in
your body you feel this. So, leave me a comment down below. Let me know, I’m gonna
be checking that out. O. Here we go, going on. Orchestration. Orchestration, we are going
to call this stability, or what some call balance. So, what do I mean by orchestration? What I mean by orchestration is, how well can you orchestrate
the muscles in your body How well can you orchestrate
specific movement, not just against gravity, but how well can you do that while you’re having forces put upon you. And forces put upon you just means something’s either pushing or pulling you. So, when you’re riding you have something pulling
you a lot of the time, and you have forces underneath you moving back and forth. So, how well can we
orchestrate and control our movement when these
forces are introduced? Stability and balance. So, that’s gonna be
responsible for stability. So, stability is gonna be, how well can you keep something still, while moving other things? And this is super important
for giving clear aids, because you don’t want to be, you could have mobility, you might have some good mobility and good flexibility, but if you can’t keep
what you wanna keep still, while specifically moving other things, you’re gonna give your horse a whole bunch of unclear communication, and it’s gonna struggle to be consistent and consistently doing
what you want it to do. So, not only do we have
to be able to move things, but we have to keep things still while we’re trying to
move very specific things while being pushed, pulled
and moved underneath there. And that is going to help
determine our balance as well. By the way, if you like what you’re gettin’ here, we’ve got two more to go, and you know that this would
be beneficial to anybody else, whether it’s a friend, if you have any students, please do me a huge favor
and share this with them. You can show this on your Facebook posts, I mean your Facebook wall. And I always check who shares this and I’ll throw out a
huge thank you to you, and I really appreciate that. But if you feel like you don’t
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write their names down in the comments below and they will get notified, and they’ll check it out as well. Moving on. S stands for strength. Strength is going to be responsible for our recovery. The writing’s getting
worse and worse over here. Stick with me. Longevity and ease, ease of riding. Look at that. It’s going downhill, like it’s whoo. So, strength. What do I mean by strength? How strong your muscles are. What can they produce? We’ll call our muscles force producers. So, the horse pulls on you, moves you around, it’s saying, “You’ve go to
either hold me or move me.” And in order to do that, your muscles have to produce
a certain amount of force. So, the better your muscles
are at producing force, the easier it is going
to be while you ride. So, we’re gonna start with ease. So, your muscles can tolerate
a certain amount of force. Yeah, all of your muscles can tolerate a certain amount of force. And so, if riding your horse, for let’s say, an hour or two, over time your body’s
adapted to that force, and can handle that tolerance of force. Well if you strengthen all
the muscles in your body that help out with riding, and get them stronger and
increase their tolerance, then when you get back on that horse, you may not be hitting your, we’ll call a threshold, how much your muscles can tolerate, but now you’ve increased your strength, so that way when you’re on the horse it’s actually easier, because your muscles can
actually tolerate more than you just riding. This is why the whole principle of I don’t need to work out because I ride, by doing exercise off the saddle, and strengthening your muscles, you’re going to be able to
tolerate your riding even better. Because when you are riding, you’re only gonna get
the stimulus of riding, therefore, you are always gonna be able to tolerate just riding. So, if you can strength train
your muscles to handle more, then the stimulus when you’re riding, riding becomes easier. And when riding becomes easier, recovery becomes better. So, again if this is you, if you’ve ever been to a show and shown, and woke up the next day
and you felt beat up, because you rode more than you’re used to, and then you still have to ride day two, potentially day three, and as you go down, things start to get a little bit harder, you get fatigued, things hurt. Again, let me know in the
comments if that’s you, and it would not surprise me because you’re asking
your body to do a lot. Knowing that your muscles
can tolerate more and more, is gonna help you recover the next day, because they’re used to a
stimulus that challenges them, so they adapted over time to be able to handle these things and even greater things, so that when you wake up the next day and go for your second
and third day rides, you don’t feel as beat up, which means you can
then have more control, and you can be more mobile because your body is not
fatigued and beat up. And then lastly, the strength
is gonna help your longevity. Pretty simple here. Your muscles, again, control your joints, and the healthier muscles you have, the healthier neuromuscular and muscular system that you have, the more healthy potentially
your joints will be, and that’s typically the
negative stuff we feel is a lot of joint stuff. And again, what’s gonna
help your longevity is stuff doesn’t hurt and you don’t get injured, and being able to improve
your muscular tolerance, is gonna help you have
longevity in the sport. And that’s probably more
important than anything, to be able to continue
to do what you love to do for a long amount of time. Coming down to the last one here. T. This is the most important
one out of all of ’em. Because without this
one, none of ’em matter. And it is gonna be training and time. Training and time. So, number one. If you do not make time to do this work on a consistent basis, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, you’re not gonna get the results because you’re not doing anything. And so I’ve come to learn that this one is a very, very tough one in the equestrian world, because we are very, very, very busy. You ride horses. You may have a job. If you’re a trainer, you’re
riding multiple horses and it’s hard to find time, but there’s hope. Most of my clients who’ve come in to me weren’t training at all and made time for it, and it just kind of happens. It’s a new habit. You just have to make it a priority. So, without the time none of it matters. And you’ve gotta do the training. So, you can do very specific training, that’s gonna get you
very specific results, i.e., doing some sort
of mobility training, some sort of stability training, some sort of strength training. And being very effective
at doing these things, is gonna help you get
better and better results, most out of your body. Unfortunately we live in a
world where the fitness industry is just tons of people in it. And the scary thing,
you can go for a day… For a day? Yeah. You can actually get online for a day and become a personal trainer by doing a few hours of education, taking a test and now
you’re a personal trainer, and can help others. It’s a little scary, but that’s the world we live in. So, needless to say, there is less effective
training methods out there that could potentially,
actually negatively impact all three of these things. So, the specific amount of
training that you’re doing, the specific type of training you’re doing is gonna have effectiveness
on all of this, and then most importantly, the time. So, that is your, how do you get the most out of your horse. With anybody that I work with, we do work on mobility, orchestration and strength, pretty much as separate entities. I’m not gonna go into that today because each person is their own, and I could spend 20 to 30 minutes, probably more on each of these, but I just wanted to give
you the formula that I use. Do me a huge favor, oh by the way, really quickly on this, I’ve been asking for topics that you would like to hear me discuss. So, leave that in the comments below, so that way I know what you’re
interested in the future, and I can cover it. So, there it is. Let me know again what you’d like to see in future videos down below. And I plan on giving gifts or guides, or something in the
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for every time I go live, so that way you do not miss it. Thank you so much for tuning in today, and I hope you got a lot out of this. I look forward to talking to you and engaging with you. Thank you. Thank you so much for watching this video. If you want to continue to become the best rider you can be, for as long as possible, make sure you subscribe to my channel. I’m gonna continue to put out videos and allowing you to get
the most out of your body so you can get the most out of your horse.