SL Squat | TRX
increase symmetrical lower body stability
To have the hips even from left to right is a very hard to achieve. The idea is that we get as close to even as we can. Everyone and horse has a better side/direction that the body develops more strength than the opposing side.
There’s no good or bad side/direction; only weaker or stronger.
The harder side must be developed more carefully than the other. To be more careful is not to baby the weaker side or direction. Instead try to slow down and focus on building strength on that side.
Thread the Needle
After doing the Single Leg, Pistol Squat, do Thread the Needle. Allow the outside of the thigh, IT Band, to lengthen the muscles and connective tissue. This is a very good idea when you want to gain stronger but longer muscles in the legs.
Cross one ankle over the other legs thigh. Hold this position of stretch for 30-60 seconds per leg. Move down into deeper stretches as you feel comfortable.
Single Leg Squats
Doing this exercise at least once a week will develop connecting muscles in a riders seat. Finding or having access to a TRX (suspension equipment) can be difficult but when you do have the option to use this piece of equipment, do the single leg squat.
Riding can place tension on the upper back muscles surrounding the neck and shoulders. When doing holding the TRX handles and lowering into the pistol squat or single leg squat, those back muscles are stretched. Pelvic muscles engage but are not horribly challenged in this exercise, so strength can develop with less wear on the lower body.
Watch your form, that is key to training. Draw in the core, position the hips straight and even. This alignment is the main reason for exercising; adapt muscular symmetry. For that to happen, form is essential in every exercise. If you’re planning to get through the movement and focus is elsewhere, chances are, form becomes compromised. Get the fullest of working out by concentrating on drawing in your core, continue breathing and align the spine.