Equestrian Vs. Motocross Rider

Mar 17, 2016 Eric Toussaint 6 Comments

I delve into the esoteric in this blog post, but the comparison must be made for those that know and follow or participate in these equally epic sports.  When I was much younger, I was a motocross racer, and in days more recent I train a few equestrians.  Despite the two very different cultures, the physical activity involved in these two sports are surprisingly similar.  The test of core and adductor muscles, as well as all other muscles imaginable caused me to take pause and compare the two.

In motocross you are part of the suspension – you must flex and move with all of the terrain availed, as well as with the monster machine underneath you!  My clients describe equestrian riding in much the same way.  Your overall fitness must be at peak levels in both pursuits due to the full body involvement required.  So what is the ultimate comparison?!

I found these two articles:

http://stretchcoach.com/articles/stretches-for-motocross/

http://www.classicaldressage.co.uk/Muscle-Use-In-Riding/muscle-use-in-riding.html

I suspect if you can do one, I bet you could do the other (with practice of course).  If you ride motocross bikes and can handle whoop-de-doos, then I bet you could learn to gallop and jump with a horse and vice versa. See comparison below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCKV8PoO958

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROzIv-GuyZs

Happy riding and I hope you get to experience both in your life time.  I still need to tackle the equestrian angle!

Author: Eric Toussaint

Eric Toussaint is the founder and owner of JETT Training, a Washington, DC area personal training company. With over 15 years of personal training experience, he has a wealth of knowledge in the field of health and fitness and is an expert in High Intensity Training (HIT) with extensive knowledge of sprint, speed, and agility training, as well as plyometrics, stretching post-rehab and Pre-Post Natal Training.

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Eric Toussaint is the founder and owner of JETT Training, a Washington, DC area personal training company. With over 15 years of personal training experience, he has a wealth of knowledge in the field of health and fitness and is an expert in High Intensity Training (HIT) with extensive knowledge of sprint, speed, and agility training, as well as plyometrics, stretching post-rehab and Pre-Post Natal Training.

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