Ms. Namita Nayyar: You began riding at the age of three and your first horse was Flicka and later propelled your professional career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of Equestrian and reached the pinnacle of success at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, You won the gold medal as part of the United States team in Team Show Jumping. Tell us more about your journey of success?
Ms. Beezie Madden: The road has not always been easy, but I have been fortunate enough to get together with people like Katie Prudent and later my husband John, who have helped me get to the top. It may look like an individual sport or effort to an outsider, but what I have realized is that it truly is a team effort to achieve success in equestrian sports.
There are many challenges, from picking the right horses and developing them correctly, to working with a great veterinarian and developing a great barn staff. You also have to be able to recover when something unexpected happens, like an injury to you or your horse. Overall though I would say my journey has been about hard work and doing the little things right on a daily basis those are the things that ultimately lead to success.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have selected a sport which requires a lot of cohesiveness and absolute understanding between you and your team, horse, trainer to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. Beezie Madden: We train and practice for big days so that the big days seem like just another day or are less hard than your other days. To win you have to be able to perform really well even on a bad day. So we set goals, focus on peaking at the right time, and practice what we need to do so that it is easy and second nature when the big day arrives.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you might like to share?
Ms. Beezie Madden:
AM Routine & Stretches:
No matter where I am around the globe, I regularly wake between 5:30 – 6:00 am to start the day. I have breakfast and go through a series of stretches to stretch my back and shoulders.
Competitive riding requires a tremendous amount of core body strength and balance. On an average day, I will ride 6-8 horse a day for 45 minutes – 1 hour each. This results in riding between 4½ to 8 hours each day. On a busy day I will ride 10-12 horses.
As my schedule allows, I aim to supplement my daily exercise with workouts at the gym about 3 days a week. My workouts include free weights, exercise machines, as well as plenty of core and balance exercises. I spend 3 months during the winter competing in Wellington, Florida where I works with a personal trainer who assists me during my workouts and with understanding and developing a healthy diet. When I travel, we have a personal trainer that travels with us some of the time, but not with us 100% of the time, so I have to be very good about working out on my own as well.
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