I just got back from the Buck Brannaman four day workout. Trust me, if you do this workout, your legs will never be the same. I’m certain MY legs may never be the same! But seriously–if you want to see dramatic results in only four days, you should be excited to hear about this program!
Buck has a diabolical piece of exercise equipment called a horse and an even more diabolical exercise called the short serpentine, plus a host of other supporting exercises that will pump you up, break you down and have you swimsuit ready–in JUST FOUR DAYS! I know I’M ready for a week at the beach with some sort of umbrella adorned rum drink anyway!
Note: You must plan ahead for this workout as you must bring your equipment with you. You may obtain your exercise equipment at any nearby stable or anywhere else horses are sold. Horses can be very expensive to purchase, but these would be gym quality horses. Here’s the best part! You don’t need expensive gym quality equipment to participate in the Buck Brannaman four day exercise challenge! Any old horse will do! You can often purchase one off of Craig’s List or out of the local paper very cheaply. You may even be able to get one for free if you ask around. If you aren’t certain what type of horse to purchase, get one that says “experienced rider only” as these horses will ensure a much more thorough workout experience.
You will also need to bring a bridle with a snaffle bit as this will add an arm component to give you that total body workout you’re looking for. A saddle is a helpful piece of equipment but not entirely necessary. However a saddle can help ensure proper body placement during all workout exercises. All exercises MUST be performed while sitting on top of the horse’s back. If you doubt your ability to maintain proper position throughout the workout, be sure to purchase a saddle with a “horn.” This feature will aid you in maintaining the most beneficial position for these exercises and as an added bonus can also be used to create a little extra upper body burn, especially in those flabby arm muscles you are always trying to tone! You might also raise your heartrate!
If you’ve never tried the Buck Brannaman workout, you might try to acquire a more “forward” horse. This will make it easier to concentrate on learning the correct movements in each exercise without overly tiring out your legs. I would suggest an off the track thoroughbred or perhaps an endurance arabian. If you’d really like to maximize your workout, however, you should find a horse that is “not too forward” or even “dull.” A nice Appaloosa or Draft horse should work well here. You can also create your own “dull” horse if you have time before the clinic. Simply ride the horse for several days prior to the clinic constantly using you legs until the horse will completely ignore them. Don’t worry about “ruining” the horse. You will fix the horse at the clinic–all while toning your body!
So what can you expect from four days of the Buck Brannaman workout?
On day one, you will learn some of the basic moves. This will probably include the short serpentine and the open serpentine. It is important to work on the correct form in these movements in order to get the most from these exercises. In the short serpentine, you should keep the shoulders down, stomach in, outside leg forward and inside leg back (or, wait, is that the other way around?), keep your reins short, pelvis in position one, hips and lower back neutral, twist at the waist and keep your chin up. Your head should be in line with your spine at all times except when it shouldn’t. Your horse should also be in proper form, so be sure he is bending 90 degrees, weight on the haunches, reaching with the inside front leg, all four legs moving evenly, head and neck soft when changing the bend and tail following the circle. It’s simple, really!
If you feel like you are having a difficult time with this exercise, you are probably doing it right! You are allowed to stop and ask Buck for help, but he will generally have one of two responses: Either you need to use one leg more or you need to use both legs more. So give this a try whenever you feel like you are bogging down. Also you probably need to have the horse bend his neck more. This works your upper body. If you are doing this exercise correctly, you should feel the burn pretty quickly. You will feel this exercise working in your gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and gluteus imaginarius. Also your quad muscles, hip flexors, calf muscles, shin muscles, foot muscles, adductors, abductors, inductors, and reductors should all be “feeling the burn.” If your legs are shaking after 30 seconds of this exercise, congratulations–this tells you that you have maximized the calorie burn. You should keep it up until Buck tells you to move on to the next exercise or you pass out from the pain and fall off the horse–whichever comes first.
Over the next few days, you will add more varied exercises to your routine. Soon, you will link these exercises together to create the perfect circuit training routine! The best part is that you get to choose how you mix up these exercises, so if the short serpentine is kicking your butt, move on to getting a soft feel for awhile. This will allow for that all important muscle recovery between periods of intensity. Sure, some of the exercises seem a little touchy-feely, but even those are adding to your overall fitness. The secret is in the movement of the horse! Yes, Buck Brannaman has finally revealed this little known fitness secret that was previously known by only a handful of top trainers! The horse is the perfect exercise machine because even when you are “just” walking and trotting, the physical action of maintaining proper position (remember folks, you want to remain on TOP of the horse’s back) is giving you a comprehensive workout that is guaranteed to hit every major and minor muscle group.
Remember, the Buck Brannaman workout clinic is an intensive experience that will take place over four days, but the fitness benefits will continue well after the clinic experience. During the clinic, you will be riding several hours each day, but nobody has that kind of time to spend at the gym every day. That’s okay! You can fit in an effective total body workout in anywhere between 15 minutes and one hour using Buck Brannaman’s proven workout routine. But wait, there’s more! You can also send your metabolism through the roof cleaning stalls, hauling bags of feed and moving bales of hay. The possibilites are endless!
So if you haven’t yet experienced this HIGH INTENSITY TOTAL BODY EXPERIENCE, you should sign up for the nearest Buck Brannaman clinic RIGHT NOW!
:-). Fitness soon to be supported by stacking the coming years worth of hay. You going to let Max write the next blog giving his impression of the experience?
Dear God no! I can’t imagine what that little stinker would say!
Ha! This made me L O L! Had to share on the Northwood page. Love it.
Love your humor Sharon! Great morning giggle. Going to share this on my FB page. ~kim shannon