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How to Workout

Physical fitness is crucial to being a successful bull rider. Being in good physical conditioning will prevent injuries and prolong your career. I suggest that you start a good workout program as soon as possible. If you are new to working out or aren’t sure what the best workout strategy is for riding bulls, then I will try to help you understand how you should be exercising. Before starting a workout program, please consult a doctor to make sure you are in good enough condition.


Bull riders need to be lean and flexible, and there is a certain way to workout to get that way. In order to be lean, you need to use lighter weights with more reps per set and shorter breaks between (30 seconds to 1 minute). Use a lighter weight that allows you to get 12-15 reps per set. If you can do more than that, then you need to increase and if you can’t do that many, decrease the weight. Make each repetition count by controlling your movements. It won’t do you any good if you are just swinging weights around.

Note: I always recommend that you warm-up and stretch before you start your workout and stretch to cool down after your workout.

Cardio Conditioning

Working out with weights will make you strong, but cardio conditioning will give you the endurance you need to keep up with bull. Cardio can consist of running, cycling, swimming, jumping rope, or any other exercise that gets your heart rate up and has you breathing hard. Try to do cardio for at least 20 minutes and work your way up to 45 minutes as you get in better shape.

Note: As with weights, you should warm up and stretch before you do cardio, and stretch to cool down after you have done your cardio workout.

When to do What

You should try to do your weights routine every other day with cardio in between to give your muscles time to recover. For example, your workout schedule might look similar to this:

  • Monday- Upper Body Weights
  • Tuesday- Cardio
  • Wednesday- Lower Body Weights
  • Thursday- Cardio
  • Friday- Full Body Workout
  • Saturday- Cardio
  • Sunday- Rest

How to Workout When You Are Competing

If you are competing frequently, you should continue to workout, but you need to adjust your schedule so that you aren’t lifting on the day before you ride. I recommend that you do cardio the day before you are riding. For example, if you are riding Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, then your workout schedule might look like this:

  • Monday- Cardio
  • Tuesday- Upper Body Weights
  • Wednesday- Lower Body Weights
  • Thursday- Cardio

Fitness should be a lifelong passion, so stay with it and you will feel better and see results!