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Reverse Leg Lift

[S28] a strengthening and stabilizing exercise

The Reverse Leg Lift works your back, glute and core muscles. It’s a great one for improving strength and stability.

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How do I do it?

Starting on all fours, with your hands on the floor shoulder width apart and knees hip width apart (table-top). Slowly lift and straighten your right leg until it is in line with your flat back. Lower back to table-top and repeat with the left leg. You can do a small pulse at the top of the leg lift, where you lift your leg up and down a small amount before coming back to table-top. Repeat with the left leg.

How will this help my riding?

It will improve both your strength and stability in the saddle, allowing you to move with the horse more while keeping your balance.

What does this exercise target?

This exercise targets all of the muscles that stabilise you in the saddle; from glutes to your core stomach and back muscles.

What should I be careful of?

Don’t drop your hip when you lift and straighten your leg. Try not to shift your weight to compensate either; really feel your back, hip and core muscles engaging.

Before starting any new exercise or training regime, we advise you to consult a physician, doctor, physiotherapist or other expert. The plans and exercises presented here and on the BLACKDOG Equestrian App are for guidance only and they do not offer advice on which you should rely. The App and the Services have not been developed to meet your individual requirements.