Dressage sport – holistic approach to success Part 5: Workout exercises for equestrian – Yoga & weightlifting

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The fitness of the rider is very often underestimated, by non-riders as well as by active ones. But this is where the real potential lies: Whoever prepares his body well for riding can make progress in the saddle. This applies to every level of performance. This aspect is very important for the overall training of equestrian siblings Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin Werndl, check out their workout plan!

"If you want your horse to run like a rubber ball, you have to become a rubber ball yourself" is the motto of the dressage riders and instructors. The two show in this film how they improve their equestrian fitness through strength training, endurance training, and yoga and explain how helpful mental training can be in tournament sports. Important in sports for riders is that all exercises address the entire body, not just an isolated muscle group. Many of the exercises shown therefore use their own body weight for training.

Special attention is paid to the trunk muscles - a strong back is important, because in the long term especially the back is stressed. If you want to sit supple in the saddle, you have to be flexible and be able to specifically tighten and relax your muscles. Ideal for improving these skills is yoga. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl shows how she uses yoga and explains what mental exercises are helpful to her before and during the competition. As equestrians, we should not only prepare and expect our horse to be fit but also be prepared through workout to support them in their everyday training as well as in competition.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl is one of Germany’s up and coming riders. She won the team gold in Tryon last year. She and her brother, Benjamin Werndl, train dressage horses at their stable, Gut Aubenhausen. 

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