If you travel to horse shows around the country or even overseas, then you know just how difficult it can be to get a workout in on your days off. Gyms, fitness classes, and even enjoyable running routes can be few and far between at many horse show venues. But as equestrian trainer Mike Barthelemy will tell you, that’s no excuse for letting your weekly workout routine fall by the wayside.

Whether you’re hitting the hotel gym on a Monday or banging out a few quick sets in the comfort of your horse show hotel room, here are 10 easy exercises geared toward riders that can be done anytime, anywhere.

Mike Barthelemy and dressage rider Anna Buffini.

1. Push Ups: The tried-and-true bootcamp favorite. For a more modified option, keep your knees on the ground.

Complete 4 sets of 15 repetitions.

2. Calf Raises: From a standing position, slowly rise up on your toes, keeping the knees straight and your heels off the floor. Hold the position briefly, then come back down.

Complete 4 sets of 20 repetitions.  

3. Sumo Squats: Stand in a very wide stance, toes out, and cross your arms in front of you. Begin the squat by sitting back, focusing on keeping your chest up and your knees pushed out.

Complete 4 sets of 30 repetitions.  

4. Jump Rope: Technically, you do need a rope for this one, but it’s worth purchasing one (wherever you are) because jumping rope is fantastic for warming-up, training your calves, and building your aerobic capacity.

Complete 4 sets, jump roping for 2 minutes at a time, with 30 seconds rest in between. 

5. Doorway Row: Stand near a doorway or vertical pole, get into a half-squat position and hang on to the doorway with one arm. Pull yourself towards the doorway slowly, return to the starting position.

Complete 4 sets of 30 reps (we are working the back muscles with this one!).

6. Lying Straight-Leg Raise: Lie flat on the ground with your legs straight ahead. Contract your abdominals and lift your legs up until your hips are bent at 90 degrees; lower your legs slowly to the ground.

Complete 4 sets of 15 reps.

7. Single-Leg Glute Bridge: Lie on the floor with your hands at your side. Bend one leg and keep one straight, performing the movement by pushing through the heel on the floor and squeezing your glutes at the same time.

Complete 4 sets of 20 reps on each leg.

8. Feet Elevated Side-Plank: Elevating your feet makes this plank variation more difficult; you can make this even harder by combining it with hip abduction, adduction or a reach (combining with the hip will help most riders improve their leg strength).

Complete 4 sets for 30 seconds at a time. 

9. Wall Sit: Slide your back down a wall until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Keep your back straight up against the wall.

Complete 4 sets for 30 seconds at a time. 

10. Burpees: Everyone hates the Burpee, but that’s because they work so well!

Complete 5 sets of burpees for 1 minute at a time. 

-Photos credits: Tori Repole; flickr.com/ThoroughlyReviewed; 

Mikerlange H. Barthelemy was born and raised in Haiti. With a passion for fitness and health, he is a three-time Men’s Physique National qualifier and is certified in both Functional Fitness Training and Personal Training. “I am a people person,  a motivator, and a mentor,” Mike says. “Deep down, while I am a serious professional, I am simply a young kid from Haiti trying to be the best I can be and help others achieve their dreams. That’s what gets me up every day and why I do what I do. #passion.” You can learn more about Mike on Get Fit Match, or follow him on Facebook or Instagram