What do you get when you cross a ballerina, an equestrian and a fitness instructor?
You get Angelea Kelly Walkup, an amazingly fit rider and creator of a unique workout that you can do at the barn…at your desk at work…or at home.
So here to kick off our month of fitness focus (what better month than January, with all your resolutions?) is Angelea Kelly Walkup with a behind-the-scenes look at her inspiration to cause your perspiration:
I’m Angelea Kelly Walkup, host of HorseGirlTV® and leader of the equibarre workout. I’ve been involved in sports my entire life, starting with cheerleading and dance team, then as a fitness instructor, next as a professional dancer and then cross training to keep fit in reaching my goal to obtain my US Dressage Federation Gold Medal.
I’ve never been a big fan of fitness DVDs, thinking they are too challenging for someone to do at home. With equibarre, my hope is to offer a workout anyone can do almost any where!
Historically in the horse industry content has been dry and while educational, simply not fun to watch. I never understood why we couldn’t have both, so I created HorseGirlTV® back in 2007 and haven’t looked back since. The equibarre fitness DVD, produced by HorseGirlTV, is with the same mind set to create a well produced workout that’s fun to watch and easy to follow.
The creative process for the equibarre fitness DVD was pure joy! We scouted locations getting to see so many top equestrian facilities. It was my dear friend Pam’s brilliant idea we shoot in the middle of an indoor with the rider in the background to further impress the importance of core strength for yourself to aid in developing the core strength of your horse.
We originally had thought to use a sawhorse to keep it less discipline-specific but the height adjustability of the jump standards really resonated with the pre-production team. Whether Western or English centric, jump standards or sawhorses are easy to find at most stables, and if either are in short supply then one can sidle up to their feed table or even kitchen counter and have a go.
I wanted to reach any and everyone, so equibarre is geared towards riders of all levels and disciplines. It is challenging to find a workout that strengthens the all-important core muscles, while continuing to firm and lengthen the muscles throughout the rest of the body in a timely manner.
Yet equibarre offers a cross-training option to both improve the core strength riders are dependent on while maintaining the lean, flexible muscles achieved through dance. My goal with equibarre is a longer, stronger, and more toned body without additional bulk.
I envisioned the equibarre workout being done in a class format at stables all over the country, but it’s since evolved with the direction to be delivered not only through DVD format, but eventually available for digital download, so you can continue to work out in front of the TV or desktop computer or take it on the road with you to competitions with your laptop, tablet or even smartphone.
Often the HorseGirlTV shooting schedule is quite intense. We work long, back-to-back days and when we get back to the hotel we mostly just want to pass out rather than finding the gym to get in a little physical training. Hosting equibarre inspired me to do a few simple exercises before showering and hopping in to bed for another fun, fabulous, yet long day of hosting the show.
As I mentioned, the equibarre workout does not require any special gym equipment. It’s easy to follow and can be adjusted to all levels of athletic abilities. Riders of all disciplines can benefit from the equibarre workout. I divided the first volume of equibarre into six segments of warm up, conditioning and flexibility to allow people to customize their daily workout anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.
I love to hear from HorseGirlTV fans and receive feedback about equibarre so please feel free to contact me at http://contact.horsegirltv.com with ideas, comments or questions!
About her: Angelea Kelly Walkup
As a life long equestrian, Angelea has not only ridden and trained but she has successfully competed in Dressage through Grand Prix, earning both her USDF Silver and Gold Medals. She is a freelance writer and producer best known for her online video series HorseGirlTV. Angelea’s website is http://angelea.com.