My name is Ellie Stiller; welcome to Lopin' Down The Rail Fitness!
I am a personal trainer for equestrians.
I focus on creating strong, balanced, flexible riders through personalized training programs. I currently offer virtual training worldwide and in-person training in Oregon's Willamette Valley and Portland areas
I designed my program to help equestrians increase their performance in the saddle. I create a unique program for each of my clients based on their goals, budget, lifestyle, etc.
I primarily focus on a mix of strength, balance, and flexibility training with my clients. Most of my clients work out from home with minimal equipment- usually a yoga mat, yoga ball, foam roller, balance pad, resistance bands, balance pad, step, and light weights
Strength training is essential for equestrians. A rider needs enough strength to kick and pull their horse, throw a saddle, stack hay bales, etc. without injuring themselves. I focus on strength exercises that mimic the daily tasks of an equestrian such as lunges, deadlifts, rows, etc. Since correct form is of upmost importance for avoiding injury- I progress my clients slowly to make sure they are completing the exercises correctly.
An unbalanced rider will struggle controlling both their body and their horse's body parts. Equestrians need dynamic stability- meaning their body stabilizes them against movement. A good rider has control of their body parts and can resist movement while also staying soft. If you have good stability and balance on the ground you will be much more successful in the saddle. I challenge my clients with balance exercises that mimic how their body has to stabilize in the saddle.
Flexibility training helps create a soft and supple rider. Many riders need hip, back, and shoulder mobility so they can flow with their horse's movement without pain. Many riders also struggle with poor posture, pelvic tilts, leaning forward, etc. These issues can easily be fixed with corrective exercise.
I do not focus on weight loss or play a huge role in my client's nutrition. My program is not about looking your best in a bikini; it's about creating a healthier lifestyle while becoming a stronger rider. Most of my clients do not notice weight loss, but most see a change in their body composition. Strength training promotes muscle gain, and muscle weighs more than fat. As my clients lose fat, they also put on muscle- achieving a body composition change without much of a scale change. Most of my clients also notice a difference in how their clothes fit, how they look in the mirror, etc. I would rather focus my time and energy on making you the best rider that I can, and for most, that does not include weight loss!! I promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that does NOT ever include dieting or restricting yourself from food.
Elevate Your Ride is a health and fitness education podcast designed to elevate knowledge, mindset, and performance in the saddle. EYR discusses a range of topics including fitness, mindfulness, pre ride routines, amateur and trainer interviews, and more! Ellie created EYR to provide a credible source of free information for equestrians who are unable to do personal training, but still want to elevate their performance in the saddle. Click below to learn more!
As an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, you can trust that I have extensive knowledge about the health and fitness industry. As this field is always evolving, I am dedicated to learning new training methods to help my clients reach their personal goals. Throughout the year I take courses through NASM, listen to podcasts, read books and articles, watch videos, collaborate with other fitness professionals, etc. to broaden my knowledge.
I strive to provide top-notch training to my clients. As your trainer, I care about you and take your fitness goals seriously. I understand committing to exercises is challenging, but I am here to help you along your journey! I am also committed to personalizing my program to each client to fit their needs while many other trainers have a "one size fits all" mentality.
I have been riding and showing horses for over ten years. My experience in the industry has taught me the physical expectations that riding demands. Riders need to be strong yet soft to effectively communicate with their horse- which can be achieved through proper training. If a rider lacks balance, strength, or flexibility it will be very challenging for them to perform their best under saddle.