Martín Perez is one of the world’s principal physical coaches for polo players.‘ The Fitness for Polo’ website www.fitnessforpolo.com is the home of physical training for polo players.

Powerful and Toned

Legs 

Hello Ladies!

I know many of you have been trying to play polo and get fit at the same time, but who amongst you think that isn’t enough?! How many of you spend time on Instagram following top models and fitness gurus showing off their immaculate, toned bodies?

Well, let me tell you a little bit of background about myself. Before getting fully involved in Polo, I used to train a whole model agency back in Argentina, from top models to rising stars. Working with them was interesting, because the modelling world isn’t what it looks like from the outside. Those girls’ physiques do not simply appear out of nowhere thanks to good genetics or luck. Thos girls are fit, hardcore and hard working. They train hard, dedicate time to it, eat properly and they never give up. They are pros!

 Bearing this in mind I’m going to share with you couple of exercises that we used to do back then, which will also, handily, do the trick for our sport as well as for your aesthetics! You are going to get the best of both worlds, but remember: dedication is the key to success! Here we are going to focus on legs, not only a problem area for many women, but also an area that deserves serious time dedicated to it for those who take the sport of Polo seriously. So, let’s get going.

 What you are going to need for these exercises is a TRX. This is a suspension training system that is really useful because you can travel with it anywhere you go and train anywhere you want. This equipment can also be found in any gym.

 

Exercise 1

Step 1

Starting Position: Stand in front of the anchor point and interlock the two TRX handles together. Support yourself as you loop the foot cradle around the ball of your right foot. Slowly turn to face away from the anchor point. Your standing leg or stance leg should be aligned in front.

Step 2

Downward Phase: Inhale, keeping the abdominal/core muscles engaged, bend your standing knee and slowly lower your body toward the floor. As you lower down, shift the hips backwards. Keep your body weight over the heel of your standing foot. As your body lowers, the suspended leg will drive backwards. Maintain the 90 degree bend at the knee.

Step 3

Upward Phase: Exhale and slowly press your body upward by pushing down against the floor through your left heel. The muscle action at the knee and hip bring the body back to your starting position.

Exercise 2

Step 1

Starting Position: Stand in front of the anchor point and interlock the two TRX handles together. Support yourself as you loop the foot cradle around the ball of your right foot. Slowly turn parallel to the anchor point. Your standing leg or stance leg should be aligned with your upper body.

Step 2

Downward Phase: Inhale, keeping the abdominal/core muscles engaged, bend your standing knee and slowly lower your body toward the floor. As you lower down, shift the hips backwards. Keep your body weight over the heel of your standing foot. As your body lowers, the suspended leg will feel a nice deep stretch in your inner thighs muscles.

Step 3

Upward Phase: Exhale and slowly press your body upward by pushing down against the floor through your left heel. That movement will be helped by the adduction of your right leg engaging your riding muscles, helping you to go back to the starting position.

I hope these exercises help you to develop nice, lean and strong legs, for both, polo and fashion.

Until then, stay active and keep healthy

 Your Fitness for Polo trainer,

 Martin

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