Mari Inouye and Ali Divita

Upper Body and Core Exercises

Posted: January 2018
Length: 19:03
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Watch as vaulting champions and wellness professionals Mari Inouye and Ali Divita guide you through five exercises that target the equestrian athlete’s core and upper body.

About This Video

Champion vaulting athletes, and now wellness and fitness professionals, Mari Inouye and Ali Divita demonstrate five exercises that target the core and upper body for equestrian athletes. The video is broken down into two sections: an explanation of the movements in the exercise routine and the workout routine itself that you can follow along to. Want to just do the workout routine? You can follow along to that here. Be sure to watch Inouye and Divita's other Learning Center videos: Pre- and Post-Ride Exercise and Stretching Routine and Lower Body Exercises. Scroll down to see additional resources and read about the experts. 

Key Principles

  • Part 1: Breakdown of Exercises (00:41-13:12)
    • Trotting Horse (00:53-3:51) 
      • Explanation and Demonstration (00:53-2:14)
      • Modified Explantion and Demonstration (2:15-2:54) 
      • Common Mistakes (2:55-3:51) 
    • Hip Marches (3:52-6:20)
      • Explanation and Demonstration (3:52-4:36) 
      • Modified Explanation and Demonstration (4:37-5:31)
      • Common Mistakes (5:32- 6:20)
    • The Plank Hold (6:21- 8:24)
      • Explanation and Demonstration (6:21-7:03) 
      • Modified Explanation and Demonstration (7:04-7:46) 
      • Common Mistakes (7:47-8:24)
    • Superman (8:25-11:14)
      • Explanation and Demonstration (8:25-9:33) 
      • Modified Explanation and Demonstration (9:34-10:20)
      • Common Mistakes (10:21-11:14)
    • Arm Circuit (11:15-13:12)
      • Explanation and Demonstration (11:15-12:16)
      • Modified Explanation and Demonstration (12:17-12:30)
      • Common Mistakes (12:31-13:12)
  • Part 2: The Workout Routine (13:13- 19:00) 

About The Expert

Mari Inouye and Ali Divita
Champion vaulting athletes

Health and wellness professionals Mari Inouye and Ali Divita are the vaulting athletes behind The Mind Body Vault, an online fitness program tailored specifically for equestrian athletes.

Inouye, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, is the winner of multiple national and World Championship vaulting medals, including a gold medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Lexington, Ky. An experienced equestrian and gymnast, she is now a health coach and certified personal trainer.

Divita, a two-time national champion vaulting athlete in the U.S. and WEG competitor, is a yoga instructor and integrative nutrition health coach. In addition to her career as a high-level vaulter, Divita also has cross-trained in rowing and gymnastics.

In addition to their online and in-person training programs, Inouye and Divita also are clinicians

Follow them on their website and on Instagram and YouTube.