The Ultimate Dressage Rider Training Program

 

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Hi Nicola

I am really enjoying the program and benefiting from it enormously.  I had considered myself to be ‘going ok’ for my age (50+) but having got this far I have realised how different my flexibility and strength is on different sides for different exercises – mature age and old injuries!

I can feel a real difference in the saddle – so hopefully this will continue to improve as I am certainly still very stiff in places which is obviously affecting my ability to ‘go with’ and will hopefully help my confidence too.

I am going to repeat Week 4 as I found it quite hard and start Week 5 next week if that makes sense.  I am trying to do every session every 2 days (and have been since Week 1).

Many thanks – really good for me!!

SJB

Hi Nicola

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and benefited immensely from the Dressage Rider Training programme.

My core strength and flexibility have both improved significantly and this has translated into greater stability and effectiveness in the saddle.

The downloadable 20-minute exercise sessions can manageably be fitted into a busy schedule and done anywhere (in your lounge, at the stable yard, in your hotel if you’re away from home…)

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The inclusion of both strength and mobility exercises provides variety, and Nicola ensures that their relevance to riding is clear. The work on the Swiss ball is great fun, and the (apparently unscheduled) guest appearances of Nicola’s horse and dog in some of the videos are a most amusing added bonus!

I’d highly recommend the programme to all riders, regardless of their preferred discipline and level of experience.

Sarah Johnsen

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

What is the Dressage Rider Training program?

A 12-week strength & fitness program specifically for dressage riders

 

Often it is the rider who is holding the horse back from improving through the grades, not the other way around.

Are you spending a lot of time and effort in trying to become a better horse rider but you just aren’t seeing any improvement?

This can be extremely frustrating for you to not be seeing the results you want.

You could be spending a lot of money on horse riding lessons from coaches, but if you don’t have this one special ingredient, then there is something else holding you back.

You see, it takes a lot of strength and stamina to ride a horse and compete at any sort of level. The horse riders such as Mark Todd and Andrew Nicolson who compete at the Olympics are very fit athletes, and for them to compete at the level they do, they work on their fitness and core strength every day through riding and specific core training.

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This program is proven to work

100's of riders just like you have completed this program & made huge gains in their riding because of it. Keep reading to hear why they love this program so much.

Your horse wishes you had a stronger core

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Program participant Shawn Maurice at a Dressage event

The better you are locked into your saddle and can move with the horse, the freer your horse will become. Your horse will relax through the back allowing it to have a much better stride.

The more correct freedom and suppleness you create in your hips and spine the more you are able to absorb the movement of the horse and the two of you can move together in harmony.

As soon as you create the strength, fitness and stability in your own body, the sooner you can do the same for your horse.

Core strength is the single biggest ingredient that most dressage riders lack, and if you want to progress to the next level in your riding, then you need to pay as much attention to your own physical core strength & fitness as you do your horses.

This is what this Dressage Rider Training program will give you.


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Hi Nicola,

I am definitely noticing a stronger feeling in my core.  My hip has more movement and feels stronger too.  I think that it would be beneficial to me to repeat phase one but will download phase two and have a go at core and rider strength.  Mobility I have struggled with thru phase one, so hope next time round I can move it further.  I think about keeping a neutral spine in daily activities.

This is definitely working for me and helping in so many more ways and I feel that when I do get to ride next I will feel more secure, Smile.    Having alternatives to do for the likes of me is great or I adjust what you are  teaching or instructing to  do.

Thank you.

Rose

Hi Nicola

I have loved doing the program. It was so easy to roll out of bed, turn on the laptop and do my exercise.

I think it has given me more control over my body when I am riding, and has also toned me up.

I feel great, and for the first time in ages, I don’t wake up feeling stiff. I will definitely sign up to the next program.

Jillian Staton

Victoria, Australia

Program Overview

Discover exactly what is contained in the Dressage Rider Training program

 

How this program works (watch the video)

 

This 12 Week program is broken down into 3 Stages...

  • 1

    Mobility & Core Activation (weeks 1-4)

    We focus on developing a good foundation of functional strength, mobility & core activation. We do this through three 20 minute routines each week along with some stretching and mobility homework.
    I also include some simple things to add to your daily ride to also help with your riding posture.

  • 2

    Rider Strength & Fitness (weeks 5-8)

    The focus moves to further developing your rider strength and fitness. We stick to the 3x 20 minute routines, but now that you have built a fitness base in phase 1, we delve deeper where you challenge yourself more as your strength increases. As the first few weeks were about mobility & core activation, we can now develop this strength even further & really focus in on the muscles that dressage riders require for good posture and strength.

  • 3

    Advanced Fitness & Rider Balance (weeks 9-12)

    In this final stage we add in more advanced exercises for strength & balance. You have the option of bringing in some equipment if you wish to take your workouts up to a new level. It is at this stage you will really start to notice the changes in your riding with all your hard work paying off.

Each week contains the following sessions...

Core Strength

Each week you will have one 20 minute core workout to complete.

This contains dressage specific core exercises to strengthen your mid section & your seated position in the saddle.

Mobility

Each week you will have one 20 minute mobility workout to complete.

This combines yoga & stretching to free up your spine, hips & shoulders. Achieving flexibility & suppleness is the objective.

Rider Strength

Each week you will have one 20 minute rider strength workout to complete.

This workout focuses on your overall strength of your legs & sling muscles to improve your endurance & energy levels.

Homework

Each week you will have some specific homework to do.

This may include some extra stretching, mobility work, or something to focus on while riding (for example riding without stirrups for a period of time).

This program also contains bonus material & resources...

All workouts are available for download to keep...

(This is a great option if you don't have very good internet connection)

and no equipment is required...

This program can be done without any equipment. However to get the most out of the program, we recommend the following pieces of equipment that are inexpensive, but will make a huge difference to your success with the program...

(But remember, these are completely optional)

Foam Roller

For use with mobility & self massage care

Resistance Tube

For rider strength workouts to increase tension & challenge the body further

Swiss Ball

For stage 3 advanced stability & core strength


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Hi Nicola

Thanks so much for putting this program together!

It is exactly what I was looking for and I am finally starting to see and feel the results both in my physical strength and balance and in my riding!  I love when you give the riding inspirations during the workouts and how you push to feel the burn, but encourage at the same time.

The final week's lessons in phase 1 kicked my behind... So I am repeating it this week and can tell already that I can complete the tasks now with better balance.

Have a wonderful week.

Kathy

Dear Nicola

A fellow dressage rider friend suggested I consider this program when I asked how I might improve my fitness out of the saddle.

Despite regular riding of two horses both moving into the FEI levels, I knew I had to do more and I did not have the additional time to go to a gym or regular fitness classes.

This program turned out to be perfect not only because I could fit it in, but because it made so much sense to me. I could link every exercise back to being in the saddle and I have seen tremendous improvement on many levels but particularly with my balance and ability to recover my balance while riding.

I highly recommend riders to try the program and to stick with it if you want to make a significant positive impact on your riding. Like everything in life, if you put in the effort, you will get the results.

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We were in week 10 when this photo was taken.

Best to you

Gardy Bloemers

Virginia, United States

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This program has helped dressage riders just like you


Whether you compete at the higher levels...


Gardy Bloembers
Virginia, United States

Despite regular riding of two horses both moving into the FEI levels, I knew I had to do more and I did not have the additional time to go to a gym or regular fitness classes.

This program turned out to be perfect not only because I could fit it in, but because it made so much sense to me.

I could link every exercise back to being in the saddle and I have seen tremendous improvement on many levels but particularly with my balance and ability to recover my balance while riding.


Sarah Johnsen
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The inclusion of both strength and mobility exercises provides variety, and Nicola ensures that their relevance to riding is clear.

The work on the Swiss ball is great fun, and the (apparently unscheduled) guest appearances of Nicola’s horse and dog in some of the videos are a most amusing added bonus!

I’d highly recommend the programme to all riders, regardless of their preferred discipline and level of experience.

Or perhaps Dressage is not your main discipline...


Erika Larsen, KS, United States

Thank you so so so much for providing answers I never thought I’d find in my riding, or that I thought would take way way longer to develop.

It makes it so much more fun to feel more correct and confident more quickly in what I’m doing and to be able to communicate to my horse more effectively! He tries so hard for me, now I can feel better about what I’m doing for him!”


Jillian Staton
Victoria, Australia

I have loved doing the program. It was so easy to roll out of bed, turn on the laptop and do my exercise.

I think it has given me more control over my body when I am riding, and has also toned me up. I feel great, and for the first time in ages, I don’t wake up feeling stiff.

I will definitely sign up to the next program.

Or maybe you casually ride on the weekends...


Susan Kicklighter, FL, United States

This is Gabe, my 7 yo ottb. We have been together for 31/2 years. Never would have seen myself on a young TB but he is the perfect gentleman.

Riding dressage at 56 yo has it's challenges, especially on a young horse and an inexperienced rider. DRT was just what I needed to improve my athletic abilities, particularly core and balance. I looked forward to my workouts daily. I accomplished things I never thought I could be capable of: Hindu squat, balancing on Swiss ball, and 30 days of stirrup less riding.

The workout has options for all levels and Nicola is positive, encouraging, and genuine in her efforts to help you reach your full riding potential.

Can't wait for # 2! Thank you so much!


Blake Coyle, CA, United States

Dressage training is a fantastic program!

It is refreshing to find a personal trainer that knows how to coach and optimize biomechanics exercises for the equestrian athlete. The videos are easy to follow and the time commitment fits into your busy schedule.

I would highly recommend this program to both the beginner and advance dressage rider! Thank you Nicola.


If you want to improve your confidence in the saddle...


Suzanne O'Connor
New York, United States

I’d have to say the number one thing I’ve taken away from the program is… confidence!

I’ve been able to keep up, which tells me I am fitter than I think I am… I kept to the progam, which tells me I am more determined than I think I am…

I don’t have a horse of my own, but like to ride the same school horses again and again since I can better predict their ways. Since starting DRT, I have started on four new and different horses, the ones I always thought were ‘above my level.’ And I accepted these horse assignments without freaking out. Ha!


Pam Knudsen, WA, United States

The program was fabulous. For someone coming back from an injury, the program definitely helped me regain not only my confidence on my horse but also the muscles and skills necessary to do so.

Both of my trainers have commented on how much better I am in the saddle than I was before the program.


Rachel Baghelai, IL, United States

The DRT program has helped me and my horse Stormy so much. I lost 2 dress sizes over the three months. And most importantly, i have become a much better rider and Stormy and I have become a team.

Prior to the program, I had always been afraid to canter. Further my stamina was not nearly good enough and I was not pushing Stormy enough. Now we are cantering, and I am in better shape than my horse!  The two of us are working on increasing her stamina for cantering now and are looking forward to riding in some shows this summer.

Rachel

This program simply works!


Shawn Maurice, TX, United States

Here is a photo of me and Memphis.

I loved your program and I would sign up for a second round! My riding is also really improved. Love the exercises and stretching. Especially love the core workouts!

Thank you,
SHAWN


Sarah Baldwin, Perth, Australia

Hi Nicola

I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I have been with your Dressage Riders Training course!

I signed up not quite knowing what to expect – and wondering if I could anticipate real results from an online course.  I can now report that I have noticed a meaningful difference in my overall strength, flexibility and balance.  This is all the more important to me as work commitments this past quarter have meant limited opportunity to ride – being able to put in effort at times that suit me has meant I feel I am continuing to work at improving my riding despite the challenges of daily living.

For me, the results will not be short lived as I have also developed a far deeper appreciation of what physically needs to happen to maintain a strong yet flexible position – and the impact poor posture, old injuries and a degree of laziness in setting new challenges for myself have had on my balance and endurance (both on and off a horse!)   As a middle aged person looking to maintain good health, these learnings alone are invaluable.

I highly recommend your Dressage Rider Training – I will definitely be signing up for your next course.  I have attached a picture of Gambit and me from last weekend – I really hope he appreciates my efforts on that Swiss ball!

With thanks

Sarah Baldwin

Perth WA


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Hi Nicola

I am really enjoying the workouts, especially the core strength ones. Love the fact that they are only 20mins!

I appreciate your descriptions of how to do each exercise and the muscles each is targeting. I also like the way you give ‘level of difficulty’ options. I always try each level then choose the one that is challenging, but not excruciating!!

The encouragement and positivity you give is also terrific. It does feel as though you are in the room - something I found surprising.

Annette

drt-mark-lawand-300Hi Nicola

I have struggled for many years in Dressage, getting frustrated with how much I interfered and hindered my horses.

Then this program came along and the improvements started happening at an unbelievable pace. My body stability, balance, core strength, symmetry, and flexibility improved, which allowed me to become much more independent in the saddle, improving my feel, making my aids lighter and clearer, allowing me to relax more, which made riding so much more harmonious and fun for both me and my horses. It was a big missing piece of my puzzle.

A must for any Dressage rider! I mean every word! Thank you for this transformation!

Gratefully

Mark Lawand

Surrey, Canada

The Trainer

Learn more about who is behind Dressage Rider Training program

 

My name is Nicola Smith. I am a qualified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and CHEK Level 2 physical trainer with a University degree in Physical Education. I have been involved in the wellness industry now since 2002.

I am also passionate about dressage riding. This is my horse Lucy. As an online personal trainer, I have helped many people with their health, fitness and core strength.

Foreverfit.tv is my website, home to my blog where I help educate people on real health and wellness. It is my vehicle to share what I can with you to help you achieve health and wellbeing for yourself.

I run an Online Gym which is a membership based website providing members with nutrition, motivation and workouts to do from home or wherever it suits them. We have members throughout the world, an amazing community of likeminded people who help and support each other on their health and wellness journey.

 


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I've actually managed to do all of my workouts on schedule and have really liked them.  I have also done Week 5 and really appreciated the step up in difficulty as I workout pretty regularly and these were challenging!  The Phase 1 was good to help my build body awareness and be more conscious of how I was standing or moving.  Really helped to think about neutral spine all the time (even at work).  I've noticed that my core is stronger when I ride and that the homework has increased my flexibility so I'm excited for the next phases to build even more strength and endurance for those horses that take a lot of leg and core to keep moving! But I like the challenge so far in Phase 2 so I'd say keep that up!

Really liking this program and when my workout and riding time is very limited, I've made this a priority and seen results!  Thanks!

Jenny

The DRT program is phenomenal!

It is challenging, but not overwhelming. I’m stronger, more flexible and a better rider as a result of the program. (And I’m not a spring chicken!)

I have a deeper more stable seat and much clearer communication through my aides. Where my horse used to start hollow, he is now willing to step up under my seat from the get go. I’m no longer blocking him with my back.

I would (and have) recommend this program to anyone equestrian or not who wants to improve strength and flexibility. And it’s fun! Except maybe balancing on that pesky ball!😜

Thanks so much for making this program available to us!!!

Terry Hargrove

Texas, United States

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This is a program that combines Nicolas knowledge of scientific core conditioning and strength training, with the biomechanics of dressage riding. In this course Nicola shows you the different muscle groups that are required for riding, ways to activate them along with exercises to increase mobility and proper function. When riders train the correct muscles and increase the strength and stability of their core they become much more efficient and balanced riders.

Discover the biomechanical relationships between different muscles groups, and how when they are working correctly you will prevent back pain, maintain good posture and achieve optimal balance and performance when riding.

  • Gain strength in the support mechanisms that support your spine
  • Increase your mobility and flexibility in your joints & muscles
  • Understand how your posture affects the way your horse moves
  • Increase the strength of your core and improve your stability
  • Gain good posture, prevent injury and improve your riding
  • Improve your static stability and dynamic stability on your horse
  • Improve the recruitment of your stability and postural muscles
  • Develop movements that combine functional exercises for better performance
  • Develop your skills to isolate certain muscles, then integrate into better riding
  • The ability to avoid pain
  • The specific training that you need so you don't overtrain or waste time with the wrong exercises
  • The skills for perfect practice which makes perfect

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Our Guarantee To You

We are so confident that you will love this Dressage Rider Training program that we would like to offer you a 30 Day Guarantee.

If you are not happy at any time inside those 30 days then you can ask us for a full and complete refund, and we won’t ask why (although we do love feedback and are striving to always improve the program).

Upon purchase, you will be given login details to the Online Gym website that contains the Dressage Rider Training program (you will notice that when you login the URL is at foreverfit.tv and the website is called the Online Gym).
The Dressage Rider Training program is contained within the Online Gym as an exclusive program that standard members will not be able to access. However your purchase of this program will allow you to access ALL other areas of the Online Gym as well for 6 months.
Program Access
This is a 12-week dressage specific program contained with the Online Gym website. Your access to the Online Gym will remain for 6 months. To continue to access the DRT program after this period, you have two options:
1 - You can download ALL course material including videos & workout plans at any stage. As you will have purchased this DRT program, it is yours to keep & you are absolutely entitled to download it. We show you how.
2 - If you like everything the Online Gym has to offer, after 6 months passes you can choose to continue as an Online Gym member for $15/month, & your access to the DRT program will remain for as long as you are an Online Gym member.
You do not have to decide which option to choose now, I would recommend you start the program and decide once you near completion.

 

P.S. Do not underestimate how much your horse will notice your stronger core when riding. Your horse will move more freely, becoming more athletic and dynamic. Also physically your horse will get less back problems due to your improved riding position.

"If you have any questions regarding the Dressage Rider Training program, please do use the chat box to send a message. I would love to hear from you and help as best I can."

Nicola

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